feng mao is a korean/chinese kebab/lamb skewers/yang rou chuan/bbq joint located in koreatown in LA. there are two locations in LA. the owners were from jilin province in china which located in northeastern of china that borders north korea. there’s a huge korean community especially in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture which forms Chaoxianzu or Joseonjok, one of the 56 ethnicities officially recognized by the Chinese government. they speak both mandarin chinese and korean which you can hear at feng mao.
they have an extensive selection of skewers and you grill them at your table.
by extensive selection, i meant they even serve bull penis which doesnt have too much taste on its own and chewy, kind of gelatinous. it can get pretty crazy what chinese people eat. sometimes, chinese ppl eat stuff not for the flavors. there’s a word in chinese called ‘以形补形’ meaning if one eats an organ of a animal, then it will be good for the corresponding organ in one’s body. pretty sure its not scientifically proven just like the rest of the stuff chinese ppl do, but that’s how we eat.
Feng Mao Mutton Kebab
Categories: Korean, Chinese
414 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Neighborhoods: Koreatown, Wilshire Center
our friend took us to atwater village tavern for a few drink on a thursday night. i liked how not crowded it was. a good selection of craft and canned beer and they serve food as well.
left: atwater burro – tequila blanco, vida mezcal, st. germain, ginger beer
bottom right: the dirty san fernando – mezcal, tequila, grapefruit, pomegranate and a touch of molasses and jalapeno
as you can see, im a huge mezcal fan. both drinks were good, but i preferred the atwater burro. the dirty san fernando was on the lighter side.
Atwater Village Tavern
Categories: Mexican, Bars
3216 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Neighborhood: Atwater Village
not sure why, but its been a tradition that our friend chris takes us to hodori after he picks up from the airport. it’s a 24/7 korean restaurant. as many of you might know, LA has the largest korean population outside of korea. the koreantown in LA is HUGE and packed with so much good food.
as i have mentioned many times in my posts, im not too crazy about korean food in general, but i was reading Roy Choi’s book: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food on the plane, so i was actually feeling some. (anyone else bought the book? i enjoyed the stories, but i found the recipes to be weak and incomplete, what do you think?)
jeon bok jook – chopped abalone porridge
roy choi mentioned a lot about abalone porridge in his book, so i thought i’d try it out. i was expecting big chunks of abalone like chinese seafood porridge but there was none. i guess i ll stick with chinese fish porridge in the future.
1001 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
i went on a small vacation to cali recently before my new job starts. perfect weather, GREAT food, smell of the ocean, a few awesome friends, cali’s always a perfect getaway. if you follow my instagram, you probably saw i ate SO MUCH during this trip. so i will be sharing some of the places i visited in the next @*&#@* posts.
we didnt have a car the 1st day we were in LA, so we went to yuko kitchen for lunch mainly because it’s walking distance to where we stayed. it’s a ‘japanese’ fusion ‘lunch’ ‘sandwich’ spot serving relatively healthy options.
we got there pretty early since we werent adjusted to west coast time yet. it does get very busy during lunch time.
although i wouldnt considered yuko kitchen a designated food spot, it would be a great lunch option if i worked in the area. fresh ingredients, tasty food, and relatively healthy, not to mention friendly service and nice ambience.
5484 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
pauli’s a restaurant located in the north end mainly serves sandwiches and salads. it’s one of the few places in north end actually carries quality fresh food with a good value.
Pauli-tician sandwich is another of my favorite, a great choice if you are not into seafood. heavenly combo: chicken cutlet, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. i was very very surprised by how well executed the chicken cutlet was. breaded just enough, chicken was very tender and juicy still. the fresh ingredients just makes everything taste a lot of better.
i really like pauli’s philosophy that ‘food should always served wicked fresh and tastes crazy good and doesnt cost a lot of money. they def live up to that philosophy. service is very friendly and fast. pauli’s is def one of my a few fave spots in the north end.
Categories: Sandwiches, Caterers, Seafood
65 Salem St.
(between Hull St & Stillman St)
Boston, MA 02113
Neighborhood: North End
recently i attended a burger dinner hosted by amstel light, the official beer of the burger, where michael schlow, owner/chef of a few best restaurants in boston (via matta, alta strada, tico, radius), made his famous ‘radius burger’.
the amstel light has a rich complex hoppy flavor which pairs very well with burgers.
topped with sharp Vermont cheddar, crispy onion strings and tangy horseradish sauce. unbelievably tasty
*we did not pay for attending this event.