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Friday, March 07, 2014


Happy Friday hunny bunnies!!! Remember to turn up them clocks for daylight savings time come Sunday morning! Although we’re losing a precious hour of beauty sleep, can’t tell ya how excited I am to get back into my training schedule with an extra hour of sunshine bursting through them SoCal skies! Which ultimately translates to party hardy time!
  
It’s funny how I don’t hear a peep from my peeps during the transitional months but as soon as spring peeks her pretty little head, it’s back to back events of drinking and debauchery coupled with the occasional fancy meals in-between.

Boooooo for my poor aging liver, yayyyyyy for a new season’s worth of foodie ventures! Seeing as how my weekend is booked up with my besties for some fun nights out on the town, I thought it only fitting that I feature some of the BEST hangover cures brought to you by noodle soups in Bolsa!

Here’s the roundup today lovers:

Café Picasso
15619 Brookhurst St.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 531-0144

The former Café Picasso (they kept the name, but changed ownership) under the direction of Chu Long and his wife was one of our rotating faves. Where “everyone knows your name” type of vibe, so as much as we were saddened to see them (and their highly recommended menu) go, it’s always a nice change to see what sprouts up in their place. Enter the new Café Picasso, with Anh Phu and his team working hard to serve some of the tastiest egg noodle soups south of Bolsa Ave. You can expect Anh Phu to greet newcomers and old patrons alike with a heart-heavy HELLO as you enter the newly stark and minimal space, indicative of what’s to expect on their modest single-page menu. As he explained that their egg noodles come fresh from a gal that makes them in her San Francisco kitchen, you can instantly see how much pride he takes in creating a clean and savory broth, a nice respite from the traditional msg-and-oil-laden soups we’re so familiar with around town. One look at the surrounding smiles of in-house diners and we were sold!


The Mi Ga Di Bo (first pic): Egg noodle soup with free range chicken was everything he promised and more! Al dente egg noodles almost with a ramen-like buoyant texture mixed with fresh spring onions, fried onion chips, and hand-shredded white meat. Free range chicken is typically more chewy than hormone-injected ones since they’re grass fed and as the name suggests, these chickens are free to roam about their farm and surrounding fields. They’re super fit, low in fat, and perfect for us beach babes who are equally as mindful about what we eat as where our food comes from. A+! Also notable: Mi That Nghiep is their pork and shrimp combination version of this noodle soup if chicken’s not your thing.

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Hoa Binh Restaurant
14472 Brookhurst Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92842
(714) 531-3088


Hoa Binh’s Mi Hoanh Thanh Xa Xiu is a local fave, boasting some of the freshest homemade wontons in Bolsa. Since the establishment is famous for this particular egg noodle soup with chinese barbequed slices of pork, you can expect that their shrimp and pork wontons are made fresh daily, as opposed to frozen ones that lose their light and fluffy shape once thawed. The soup is fresh and flavorful, a bit on the under-seasoned side but nothing a little hoisin/sriracha mix can’t fix. If you’re thinking about ordering this specialty dish, make sure to ask for the barbequed pork on the side. This way you don’t lose the sweet, smoky flavor that coats each piece of pork once mixed in the broth. I love my flavor profiles separated so I can truly appreciate the balance of flavors combined. That’s the Viet in me for sure!
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14140 Brookhurst St.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 530-9228



Phat Ky Mi Gia was introduced to me by le bf’s Korean bff so I was skeptical to say the least, but one look at their accoutrements and I knew they were legit. I can’t tell ya how unfortunate it is for a Chinese/Viet noodle establishment to forego Chinese mustard and fresh vinegar-soaked peppers in lieu of traditional sauces, but I say they’re a MUST for layered flavors in your broth. Their Mi Dac Biet Phat Ky house special egg noodle (both dry and soup-based, pictured) features boiled shrimp, pork, liver, and sauteed ground pork along with fresh cilantro and spring onion mix. I can definitely taste the appeal as their broth feels very homemade; however like mama used to make, I’m sure they packed as much MSG in this sucker as yo’ mama did as well. Undiscerning palates will LOVE this "umami-made" flavor, but I felt it heavy handed especially when I like my broth clean and additive-free. I much prefer to post-enhance my noodle soups myself with all the free fixins’ on the table, ya feel me?

What’s your go-to meal to cure those aching hangovers?? 
Do tell, my ravenous appetite awaits y’all!

Bon appétit mes amis!

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3 comments

  1. Mouthwatering noodles! Wish I lived in that area!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  2. Omg, looks sooo damn good! i recently found a new vietnamese place here but they don't have such a wide range of noodles and don't give as much fresh herbs like that place! The char sui wanton noodle looks damn good!

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