labor day feasting

last weekend was an always appreciated long weekend..with no plans, SW and I ended up tagging along last minute with a couple of his friends down to la la land!

we pretty much ended up doing absolutely nothing because it was just way too hot the whole time 😦  aside from sitting around indoors, enjoying the nice cool AC, the only thing we did was eat!  surprise surprise!

starting with a nice unexpected little treat, we happened to come across a small mom & pop donut shop which served CRONUTS!

What is a Cronut™?
Described by many as a half croissant, half doughnut — this pastry hybrid by Chef Dominique Ansel is taking the world by storm. After its launch on May 10, 2013, Cronut fans spanned the world from Berlin to Singapore, making it the most viral dessert item to date.”

With the Cronut craze going on, this was the first time I’d encountered any, so I had to try it out.

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I decided to try the ‘guava cheesecake cronut’ (yeah, i know it sounds sort of like a random flavor),  and got a ‘maple bacon cronut’ for SW’s buddy…a huge donut lover.  he gulped it down in a blink of eye!  i didn’t even see him eat it!!

Yes, it was late..probably too late in the night, and perhaps no longer fresh, but I thought it was just okay.  I’m not a huge fan of either donuts or croissants though.  At least I can say i’ve tried a cronut now!

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One thing that I’ve really begun to enjoy is the wide variety of Korean food available in SoCal.  Aside from Korea, LA has the largest KoreanTown in the US.  In San Francisco,  being such a “foodie” city , unfortunately we are definitely lacking in Korean cuisine extending beyond just the normal “Korean BBQ”.  Lately whenever we’ve visited LA, our friend EM takes us to different styles of Korean restaurants, each with its own specialty.  It’s pretty interesting!

SW and his friend kept talking about pork belly, and of course EM knew exactly the spot to bring us to.

Even though it was so hot, we were all anxiously waiting to enjoy the food while waiting for our table…staring at the patrons inside dining…eager with anticipation. and then finally it was our turn.

Let the feast begin!!

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863 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles CA 90005

http://www.palsaikbbq.com

Their specialty is “8 Flavors of Pork”…pork belly that is!

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We ordered the the set menu…

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look at this!!! mmm………drool.

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pork jowl appetizer

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the finished pork belly…all ready to eat!!!

along with a seafood stew/soup…

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everything was delicious!!!!  it was nice that the servers actually cooked the meat and cut it up for us..we could just sit back and….relax.  sort of..because man!!!!!  was it boiling hot in there, as you can probably imagine with all those grills going.  felt a bit like a sauna lol my favorite pork belly were the ‘HOT’ & ‘Garlic’ flavor!  I declared mid-meal to EM that Palsaik was my new favorite restaurant hahah…we will definitely be going back there!

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of course, I mustn’t forget about my old favorite restaurant– a must everytime I’m in LA (and i’m kidding, it’s still my favorite..I can have two can’t i?):

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Ding Tai Fung

1088 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia,
CA 91007

http://www.dingtaifungusa.com

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there is still absolutely no comparison to these perfect xiao long baos.  the dough is perfect and delicate, but somehow stays intact when you pick them up with your chopsticks.  the soup and meat inside, piping hot.  must learn proper XLB eating etiquette or you could be in trouble!

have a nice weekend all 😀

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2 thoughts on “labor day feasting

  1. The Cronuts or their inspired pastries have hit Asia already …I recently tasted them (see my post) though their flavors are not as exotic as the ones mentioned here. They were good, but not spectacular. So I really want to try the original Cronut in NYC! — Mrs. J : )

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