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May 13, 1990
On a Cambodian menu it may be hard to distinguish the Cambodian dishes from the Chinese . Here is a crib sheet of dishes not reviewed to help you make authentic choices by the number.
February 23, 2005 | Barbara Hansen, Times Staff Writer
One of the best Thai dishes I have tasted in years turned up in Bua Siam, a tiny restaurant in a North Hollywood strip mall. The heady fragrance that drifted up from the plate of fine rice noodles transported me to Thailand's lush countryside. I could have been eating in a rural market or from a noodle boat plying the klongs (canals). Lemon grass, lime leaves, coconut milk and chiles played off each other brilliantly.
The menu here is crammed with noodles: Thai rice noodles, Chinese egg noodles, Vietnamese rice stick noodle soup, even stir-fried spaghetti. "My whole life I've been involved in restaurants," says John Mekpongsatorn, the 23-year-old restaurateur who created Noodle World, an Alhambra eatery that combines a Denny's-style fast food atmosphere with what amounts to a global tour of noodles. "My favorite thing to eat, of course, was noodles."
June 24, 1993 | BARBARA HANSEN
I'd just gotten off a freighter. The weather was incredibly steamy, the way it usually is in Bangkok, and I stumbled into a small, air-conditioned restaurant to escape the heat. That was the Garden Room in Oriental Lane, somewhere near the Oriental Hotel. It was there that I first tasted Thai food. I had chicken supreme in ginger sauce--chicken mixed chop suey-style with shallots, tiny peanuts and shavings of ginger root and spooned over rice. This, with a glass of limeade, cost $1.05.
March 4, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's only a one-letter difference between "Vegas" and "vegan," but until recently the two could not have been further apart. For years, the best herbivore option in Sin City has been a nondescript shop on Spring Mountain Road called Ronald's Donuts that sells vegan doughnuts. Imagine my excitement when all 150 pounds of me read that Steve Wynn, the man behind the Encore and Wynn resorts, had gone vegan and mandated that the restaurants at these hotels have vegan menus, although I assumed that meant boring salads with pre-packaged carrot sticks, soggy tofu and absolutely no nutritional value.
August 14, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
The scent of citrus emanating from Boni Liscano's backyard in Atwater Village comes from a 20-foot-high calamondin tree ( Citrofortunella microcarpa ), sometimes called kalamansi or calamansi. The tree is covered in small, lime-shaped green fruit that has a thin rind, juicy pulp and distinctive sour flavor. It's similar to a kumquat (to which it's related) but has a stronger bouquet -- an aroma that's sweeter than lemon and more like orange. Native to the Philippines, calamondin is a wild hybrid used throughout the archipelago in sauces, candies, marinades and drinks.
March 18, 2010 | By C. Thi Nguyen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Behold the majesty of banh it kep banh ram , one of the most dementedly wonderful versions of the one-thing-stuffed-inside-another-thing idea on this green earth. Deviously enough, banh it kep banh ram takes the concept a step further — stuffing one thing inside another version of itself. It's a glutinous rice cake, gently steamed, then stuffed halfway inside a deep-fried glutinous rice cake. One bite will take your mind apart. The steamed part is soft, gooey and sticky — like a starchy, savory taffy.
DEAR SOS: Madame Wu serves the best chicken salad at her restaurant in Santa Monica. Is it possible to have a recipe or facsimile thereof? --JANICE DEAR JANICE: Why settle for second best when you can have the real thing? Sylvia Wu said she had no idea the dish would catch on so quickly when she introduced the simple improvisation on an elaborate Chinese banquet dish in the 1960s. "It's been a bestseller ever since," said Wu.
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