O.C. Review: Meizhou Dongpo, Irvine

My skin is numb. Not just my lips and tongue but my lungs and toes, too. I have never been so uncomfortable as right now because I badly want to eat this stuff. It smells so nice. And it tastes so good for that millisecond before the electric surge…

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OC Review: Ootoro Sushi, Irvine

The chef reaches over the sushi counter and places a bowl in front of each of us. The bowls are filled with ice, topped with the live shrimp he has just dismantled. The shrimp are huge, like mutants. Their dismembered heads and bodies sit side by side, a couple of inches apart but still very much alive.

Short Order: Wei Shian Noodles, Irvine

You’ll notice even from a distance that Wei Shian Noodles stands out of its neighbors in the predominantly Asian shopping center anchored by 99 Ranch Market, at Jeffrey and Walnut in Irvine. Most of the center’s tenants are restaurants, and to call the majority of them no-frills would be an understatement. This just helps distinguish …

Short Order: J Zhou, Tustin

“What’s that smell?” The air around my table has just turned sour. An acrid, pungent, invisible cloud sneaks up behind us and overtakes the entire dining room. “What’s that smell?” I wonder again, whispering. Just as I scrunch my nose, the head waiter walks by and hears my question, which I thought I had whispered so softly that …

What to eat at Urban Seoul, Irvine

Gogi tacos at Urban Seoul (Photo by Eugene Garcia, OC Register) In this week’s Short Order in the Orange County Register, I briefly highlighted Urban Seoul, whose menu effortlessly spins together a fun and sensible mash-up of mostly Korean and Mexican cuisines. This place didn’t invent the Korean taco, but they have perfected it. Here are …