Handmade Udon, Tasty Garden Owner + Uyghur Cuisine In Los Angeles

Guys…I think I’m burning out.


My boyfriend (who I will from now on refer to as Bonzo, because he’s obsessed with rock and Zeppelin and Bonzo is Zeppelin’s drummer) and I have been having a lot of conversations about existentialism and what the point of everything (life, career, love) is. It’s beginning to mess with my head but aside from the occasional “MIND BLOWN” moments…it has compelled me to treat every weekend like it’s vacation. On tap for this month: the Mayhem Festival, a meal at Providence and Tacolandia.


But the show must go on. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Hong Kong cafes in Los Angeles: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley: While the San Gabriel Valley isn’t exactly the most ideal place for partying in Los Angeles, you can count on it for some cheap late-night grub when the post-clubbing crowd files in after a long night. [Los Angeles Times]

Marugame Monzo and Tsurumaru: Two Handmade Udon Shops Now Open in Little Tokyo: While Japanese noodle fanatics have been gawking over artisanal ramen joints, another type of noodle business has been growing, albeit at a much quieter pace, within Los Angeles. The noodle of choice? Handmade udon. [LA Weekly]

Five great cooking classes in Los Angeles: Few things in life are as rewarding a well-crafted home-cooked meal. No worries if you aren’t a master chef; there are plenty of classes out there to help you perfect your techniques — whether that might be fashioning sushi at home or honing your pasta-making skills. [LA Weekly]

I interviewed the owner of Tasty Garden: Sitting in a booth at the Monterey Park location, George Yu toys with his smartphone as his seafood suppliers chat about business in front of a spread of noodles. Yu is a Guangdong native who immigrated to the States 25 years ago. His English is limited and he’s reluctant to talk about anything that isn’t strictly business-related. [KCET]

Best Night Hikes in Los Angeles: Sometimes after a long day, the perfect solution to unwind is a night hike through one of Los Angeles’ numerous trails. And while we don’t recommend attempting these hikes alone, the evening breeze and glitzy views of the Los Angeles basin is well worth it if you’re up for the adventure. Just bring a flashlight, some extra batteries for good measure and a buddy. [CBS Los Angeles]

Silk Road Garden: Discovering Uyghur Cuisine In Los Angeles: In the far eastern corridor of Los Angeles County, there’s a restaurant aptly named Silk Road Garden that features some of the most authentic plates of Uyghur (pronounced way-ger) food in Los Angeles. Muslim tapestries boldly grace the walls, and on the counters are golden artifacts and miniature replicas of the khustar, a bowed instrument with four strings. [Serious Eats]

The Fung Brothers: The O.G.s of the SGV: They’ve become successful enough to quit the part-time retail jobs they used to juggle and to be featured on YouTube’s Hungry Channel — where they had their own show in which they, um, ate calf testicles. (Among more traditional food items.) [LA Weekly]

Best Egg Tarts In Los Angeles: Introduced in Hong Kong in the 1940s, egg tarts are the ultimate Cantonese dessert treat. They’re miniature disks of egg-filled goodness. The composition is simple — it’s a puff pastry filled with sweet custard made of egg and sugar. Unlike its English counterpart, milk is not added and it’s best when served hot instead of room temperature. We’ve rounded up a few egg-cellent places for you to get your fix. [CBS Los Angeles]

Best Eats At The 626 Night Market: With roughly 160 vendors lined up, the night bazaar has a solid selection of pan-Asian selections that will undoubtedly make it the San Gabriel Valley’s largest food event. We’ve compiled a guide to navigating this event. [CBS Los Angeles]