Since this week’s flavah topic is “hunger,” I thought I’d make a stream-of-consciousness list of things that make me hungry:
The smell of food.
Pictures of food.
Pictures of people eating food.
Pictures of starving children in third world countries.
Fantasizing about Angelina Jolie eating a hot dog.
Fantasizing about my hot new neighbor who likes to undress with her window open and the lights on eating a hot dog—after she’s finished undressing though ‘cause she doesn’t look like she can multi-task.
The McDonald’s Golden Arches.
Remembering that time when a guy dressed like Ronald McDonald asked if he could rub his crotch against my leg ‘cause he had an itch in his groin and his arms were too short to reach it. Read more...
Yes, the Lotteria fast food chain in Japan is now serving the ramen burger aka Menya Musashi Ramen Burger. Here’s the description of this new culinary creation:
The noodles are lightly fried into a ramen patty, which is placed between two burger buns along with tender pork cutlet and mayonnaise. The burger is also served with “katsuo dashi” (a type of Japanese broth) soup.
And if you need me to explain why this is awesome, then you are clearly reading the wrong blog. Read more...
This is the newest pastry product from Family Mart, Japan’s largest convenience store chain:
It’s a strawberry cream bread that is being marketed as “cherry blossom shaped”, but many people have expressed outrage that the cherry it resembles is not the type you
eat find in a grocery store.
I’ll leave it up to our readers to decide whether it deserves its nickname of “vagina bread”, but while the pastry only costs $1, you have to take it out to dinner and buy it a Gucci purse if you want it to come home with you. Read more...
When you think of sushi, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you answered “Kate Moss,” then you are in luck, my friend. Last night, the Sushi Shop in Paris unveiled its latest sushi box designed by supermodel Kate Moss.
I’m sure Moss loves her some sushi and that’s wonderful and all, but can someone explain to me the logic behind this? You don’t see Ken Watanabe designing fondue pots, how does it make sense for Moss and her skinny white ass to be designing a sushi box? Read more...
Not that it’s different from any other time, but my blog tonight offers no insight, enlightenment or even entertainment value—mild or otherwise. In fact, I offer no more than an ode to this…
The filet mignon pho at Noodle Guy.
Is this the best pho in Los Angeles? I don’t think I’m qualified to make such a bold proclamation, but my fellow Offender Anderson has proclaimed it thus. And as a connoisseur of fine dining who is also of Vietnamese descent—if he proclaims it thus, then I am inclined to believe that thus it is. Read more...
So saw the following pic over at Boing Boing:
It was taken by photojournalist John Lehmann at a Pizza Hut somewhere in China. And what is it exactly? “A hotdog encrusted shrimp tempura pizza with mayonnaise”.
The loud thump you just heard was the sound of me falling off my chair. I’m not saying if we had access to such a food product here in the U.S. that I’d eat this all the time or really even eat it at all (Oh, note to Pizza Hut: damn you for not offering this here!). But knowing that such a glorious invention even exists…well, this truly is a wonderful world. Read more...
Shanghai is probably the most beautifully cosmopolitan city of mainland China that I have visited. I found Shanghai a lot easier to get around and more accessible than Beijing. The most memorable dish I had during my brief stay was this plate of fried pork strips with peanuts and dried chiles from a Bei Dong restaurant. As a whole, I found food in Shanghai simpler than Hong Kong and Bangkok. It was either spicy or salty or sweet but rarely complex.
If it’s Christmas in Japan, that can only mean it’s time for a visit from an old white man with a beard—yes, Colonel Sanders himself.
In Japan, enjoying a chicken dinner from KFC on Christmas is apparently as much of a holiday tradition as hanging stockings on the fire and decking the halls with boughs of holly. In fact, KFC is so popular at this time of year, that in some instances, you have to put in your order two months in advance and pay a pretty penny to ensure you’ll be dining on that finger lickin’ chicken on this holy night.
How did such a tradition develop? Read more...
With the announcement today that Hostess is shutting down operations, a number of disturbing questions are raised. Foremost among these questions is this–if indeed this means the death of Twinkies (one of Hostess’ most popular “food” products), what food-related term will we use instead to insult Asians who are “yellow on the outside and white on the inside”?
Yes, I realize we still have the traditional go-to-standard—the banana—but that’s become the lazy man’s slur. It’s too obvious, too overused, too cliché—frankly, it just doesn’t have the same impact anymore.
Considering that the Twinkie has a shelf life of one billion years, it’s possible that even if Hostess were to stop manufacturing them right this second, that they’ll still be around for a long time and calling an Asian a Twinkie will still be an acceptable part of the zeitgeist. But also consider that many stores are already reporting a run on Twinkies which means there’s a very real chance that they may disappear sooner than we can imagine. It’s possible that Twinkies may be forgotten as soon as the next generation (insert sound of chill going down my spine). Read more...
I should start off by saying, yes, what I’m about to write is somewhat hypocritical. I am Asian American and I have indeed eaten at Panda Express. On multiple occasions in fact. Sometimes even I get that unmistakeable orange chicken craving. All in all, I think Panda Express is a fine dining establishment.
So why am I writing a blog venting about Asians eating at Panda Express?
Let me provide some context first. Regular readers of this blog know that the YOMYOMF Network world headquarters is located in South Pasadena, California, which is just northeast of the metropolitan Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. For those not familiar with the SGV, it is a mecca for all things Asian and is home to some of the best Chinese food you are likely to find anywhere (well, at least outside of Asia). Now, South Pasadena is fairly white bread, but just minutes away you have Alhambra, Arcadia, San Gabriel and Monterey Park—where the aforementioned best Chinese food can be found. This is the 626, bitches! Read more...
To quote from “Withnail and I,” one of my all time favorite films: “Are you a stone or a sponge?”
“Do you like to experience all facets of life, or do you shut yourself off from new experiences?”
In this scene, a large gay man is propositioning a very frightened skinny hetero man late at night.
The quote came to mind recently when I was driving down the I-5 between Oakland and L.A., and was thinking about where to stop for food.
I found myself thinking about Pea Soup Andersen’s, thinking about the Harris Ranch Inn, thinking about the Apricot Tree Inn, and thinking about that Indian place near Bakersfield which has about a dozen billboards hyping it up from 100 miles out, but in the end, where did I stop for my food? Read more...