Noodles and more Noodles

This Thanksgiving weekend, noodles and more noodles have been happening. Its the type of delicious that makes both your heart and stomach warm with delight. Thank you Lord that I come from this little town, devoid of much else fun but the joys of flavorful gluttonous delight.

Beef Noodle Soup from No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights

Peanut Butter Noodle from No.1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights.



Asian food extravagance continues in Rowland Heights. Dumpling greetings! PT


Two loves: Coffee & Sichuanese food

Checked out a new cafe, Bitter+Sweet today with Emmanuel and Helena. I was drawn in by all the pictures on Yelp of latte art and pretty desserts. 

bitter&sweet latte

This was my latte. I must say they’re pretty legit here. Fresh ground espresso beans, hand pressed espresso shots, and beautiful latte art on every drink. The latte itself was very smooth, and I didn’t want to add any sugar or anything to take away from the flavor. I also got this crispy brioche thing that was pretty good. Not super amazing but it was similar to what you could get at any Asian bakery. All in all, I’m glad this place opened up 5 minutes from my home 🙂

At night, I went to dinner with my family and a family friend at Hunan Gourmet in Sunnyvale. I haven’t had real Sichuanese food in such a long time, so although the restaurant wasn’t super amazing, it tasted sooo good.


Nian fen, a type of cold noodle made from green bean powder…sitting in red chili oil. My sister ate practically the whole thing


I think this is called mao shue wang or something. Basically, it’s coagulated pork blood with a lot of red chilis in a soup thing. Sounds disgusting and looks frightening but so good. Pork blood is definitely one of my guilty pleasures…(yes i did just say that)


Sichuan style Dan Dan Mien noodles. Usually it’s dry but they served it in a kind of broth which was still pretty good. 

That’s all for today. Glad I got to have all this before I went back to the land where real Chinese food doesn’t exist.

– CP


Thanksgiving, An Alternative Version

Contrary to Catherine’s fantastically elaborate Thanksgiving meal extravaganza, I celebrated my Thanksgiving with…

hot pot!!

To be honest, my family has never really celebrated Thanksgiving in the full tradition of yams and turkey. We’ve always ended up with mash-up tradition of homemade Asian food, a random Thanksgiving dish (mashed potatoes anyone?) and some type of Asian take-out (always). For me, I guess you could say there are an infinite number of different ways to celebrate this holiday of thanks.



Thanksgiving Gluttony

Had Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s new place today and here are just a few of the delicious things that I ate way too much of tonight…

stuffed mushrooms

our appetizer, stuffed mushrooms…not home-made…bought from costco, but i must say still so yummy. and i’m not the hugest fan of mushrooms either.

butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash soup made by my sister-in-law, Christine. She let us drizzle our own yogurt on top in a design of our choice. This is my bowl…and not to brag, but my yogurt turned out the prettiest ;] Apparently it was so much work that Christine is never going to make it again..which is a shame because it was gooood. 

steak & duck

Now, a real Thanksgiving dinner (in my family at least) has not just turkey, but steak and duck as well. We broiled the steak (top sirloin) in our oven for about 5 min each side with nothing but a bit of steak seasoning. Turned out perfectly medium…although I prefer it to be medium-rare :] The duck…we bought from some Asian market.

thanksgiving plate

My packed plate with pretty much everything. Mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, mac & cheese, cranberry sauce, parisian salad with fresh mango and Asian pear, oven roasted asparagus, steak, turkey, Beijing-style wrapped duck, and, of course, a crescent rolls. We also had some corn bread but we forgot about it in the oven..and it turned out a bit overcooked for our liking…aka we burned it.


Dessert! This picture really doesn’t do my sister’s trifle justice. It was layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, fresh rasberries, and whipped cream, with some shots of espresso. Sooo yummy.

pumpkin pie

Also in my family, we never have just one dessert. Home-made pumpkin pie (also by my sister). We had all this with some home-made eggnog lattes too!

As you can probably guess from all the pictures…I ate to my heart’s content….and then I ate some more. And now it’s 11:41pm and I am still full and will not be sleeping anytime soon. Goodnight friends. 

~ CP


At our apartment, we hosted our first annual Pre-Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday November 19th. For the occasion, fellow Food Cult blogger Catherine Peng went to the store and purchased the largest turkey she could find. 9 hours of defrosting and 9 hours of brine-soaking, and several hours of baking later, and the beastly 22 pound turkey was ready for the carving table. Lets just say it was faithful to feed 30 hungry college students and even its bones were used to make soup.


Homemade pumpkin bread + homemade whipped cream + tea = yes.