After we hung out in downtown Los Angeles for a bit, we wanted to get our grub on in the 626 area (mainly to get boba)! There really is no better place to get good Asian food than San Gabriel Valley because they have the highest percentage of Asian-Americans of any city in the United States. There’s a high number of Koreans (Cerritos, Hacienda Heights, and Fullerton), Chinese (Alhambra), and Taiwanese (San Marino, Arcadia, Diamond Bar, and Rowland Heights) people! Ah, feels like home. 🙂
For lunch, we stopped by Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra for some 海南雞飯 (Hainanese chicken rice). This place has over three thousand glowing reviews of their chicken. To be fair, I was kind of intrigued by this place at first not because of their famous chicken dish, but because they’re categorized as “pizza and hainan” on Yelp. Weird combo? I think so! But although they served pizza, none of the Asians were ordering that at the restaurant.
The restaurant itself is tiny (fitting about 5-6 small tables), so I’m glad they provide outdoor seating. The weather was nice and toasty, so it must’ve been nice to sit outside!
Although the menu was pretty extensive (with almost 50 items), most diners just ordered from the hainan chicken section. For $8-11, you can get a plate full of deliciousness. The meat is so tender, and the rice was even better! None of my siblings needed Sergeant Christine… we all devoured our food as quickly as possible solely because of the taste. Our only regret was not buying some to go!
When you’re on vacation, you always finish a meal with some delicious dessert. And by delicious dessert, you can never go wrong with Taiwanese dessert. 🙂 BlackBall in San Gabriel is really similar to Meet Fresh – they both are chains in Taiwan and sell similar dessert items like grass jelly and shaved ice.
The ice cold desserts were perfect since it was a pretty warm day. After finishing our two bowls, my siblings and I walked over to a bowling alley… cause we were in dire need of exercise, lol!
After we got a little over two rounds of bowling in, we deserved more sweets! (Don’t judge.) We headed over to Factory Tea Bar because it’s Neil’s favorite boba shop in Los Angeles. Steph and I actually think it’s whatever, but hey, I can’t complain since I got my boba fix! At this point, I am dying because I’m unsure if I can put anything more into my stomach. We decided to check into our hotel and rest a bit before checking the wait for AYCE KBBQ.
Once we checked in, the front desk associate told us we were just in time to grab one last glass of wine. Hotel Norandie in Koreatown offers free wine pours from 4:30pm – 6pm every day. What!? We had such great timing! Except our timing could’ve been better if we were there earlier to drink more glasses of wine… just kidding. 🙂 Our hotel room was super cute and hipster, and the best part was it was just a couple blocks away from our dinner spot!
We walked over to Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant to put down our names and check out the wait times… and I bumped into a few of my college friends! The wait ended up being 2 hours, so my siblings and I headed over to Gaam for happy hour.
Yaaaaas, all that Korean BBQ, get in my belly!
With such a fun filled day in the 626, I was ready for our last full day in Los Angeles with our grandparents! Before we headed down to Cerritos, we stopped by Porto’s Bakery and Cafe for some bakeries. The line was, of course, really long, but I really appreciate how fast the workers here are.
We each got our boxes of goodies, and off south we go…