California, Los Angeles: 2014 West Coast Road Trip

Been having much wanderlust these past few days and thought I would go look at some old photos to reminisce good ol’ times. For a start, here are some snaps of California, Los Angeles, from our 2014 West Coast USA Trip.

One of our first meals was to try the much lauded In-N-Out Burger. It’s good but to be honest, nothing to shout about. 20140927_172718

The next day we had breakfast in the Farmers Market.

Our most memorable was this Mediterranean dish from Moishe’s.

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Then we headed off to Santa Monica Beach to have a look-see.

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After having Kogi for dinner (see previous post), we popped by Sweet Rose Creamery for some dessert.20140928_200355

Next morning, we headed to Downtown LA Grand Central Market for breakfast before driving off to Vegas.

Of course, we had to have THE Legendary EggSlut. Boy, was it pretty damn awesome. 20140929_09174620140929_092008 20140929_092051 20140929_092142

Tacos and more tacos from different Mexican joints with the market. We also dapao-ed a huge arse burrito for the road (not pictured).

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Not forgetting this luscious, sinful, and hands-down-best-ever grilled cheese sandwich from DTLA Cheese, another shop in the market.

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California, Los Angeles: Kogi Food Truck

I had this mapped out as a meal option but didn’t have high hopes that we would have the time to pop by. Kogi has apparently a fleet of five food trucks that go around LA serving up their delicious tacos and burritos. The one that looked closest to where we stayed still looked like quite a distance away to be honest.

In any case, things worked out and we found ourselves standing in line for some of that famous Kogi Mexican Fusion goodness. In fact, we were the last few people in line who got lucky. Staffers came out and had to turn away some people in the queue behind us. Phew! I strongly suggest you check out where they are going to park themselves and head down early if you don’t want to leave empty-handed.

We had the Short Rib Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas, Blackjack quesadillas and the Spicy Pork Burrito. ALL of which were so flavourful – especially the Kimchi Quesadilla (who would have thought??).

I highly recommend this if you’re headed to LA. There’s absolutely nothing like this in all of sunny SG!

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Bangkok, Thailand: Soul Food Mahanakorn

Bangkok is becoming a yearly quick trip for us. Last year, we managed to hit Or Tor Kor Market, Let Them Eat Cake, Som Tum Nua and more but Soul Food Mahanakorn eluded us. First it was fully booked out and on another night, it was closed for a private function.

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This time around, determined not to give it a miss again, I made an email reservation a week in advance. When we arrived, I could see why reservations were hard to score on a weekend night at this small cosy establishment.

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Beijing, China: Yu Shi Fu, 鱼师傅

Getting a private driver to drive us to the Great Wall was probably the best decision we made during our Beijing trip. Honestly, it made the trip so much more enjoyable. Without having to squeeze with hordes of unruly tourists was a big plus, but what was also wonderful was that we could interact with a local who gave us insights on how living in Beijing was like. The best part? He brought us to Yu Shi Fu 鱼师傅 for lunch on the way back to the city – a restaurant we would probably have never found on our own.

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Beijing, China: Yi Zuo Yi Wang 一坐一忘丽江主题餐厅

We were actually headed for a random Italian restaurant called Assaggi after drinks at Apothecary. As chance would have it, Assaggi was right next to Yi Zuo Yi Wang 一坐一忘 which I recalled being listed on our host’s friend’s compiled list of recommended eats in the city. Have I ever mentioned I have a knack for remembering restaurant names after reading about them once or twice but hardly ever can remember names of characters in movies?

Forsaking Assaggi, I pulled the hubbs along to try Yunnan cuisine at Yi Zuo Yi Wang – something both of us have never had. To be honest, we have not had a chance to eat another Yunnanese meal yet. The hubbs, while hesitant, was kind enough to let me have my way.

Navigating Yi Zuo Yi Wang’s  menu was thankfully easy. There were English translations and accompanying images to help us along. I also always fall back on the recommendations of wait staff who would usually at the very least be able to tell you what the popular or signature dishes are.

We ordered the lemongrass roasted tilapia 香茅草烤罗非鱼 which was hands down one of the best grilled fish I’ve had. Why is there a lack of good grilled fish in Singapore? We wiped this one clean (just like the one we did at James’ Kitchen) like any cat worth its whiskers.
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Taipei, Taiwan: Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵

Beef noodles is one of Taipei’s signature eats. A quick Google will no doubt land you on reviews of Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵. We made it a point to come by this time around even though we were both already pretty stuffed when we arrived.

We got there at about 8pm and there was a short queue in front of the store. The store is unmissable with a huge yellow sign board right atop the entrance.

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