On my last trip home during the holidays, my family found a Chinese restaurant that we enjoyed, mainly because of the cheap prices. The food isn’t anything spectacular and the service is even worse than the average Chinese restaurant, but it was hard to beat the prices.

I heard they offer cheap dim sum prices as well, but we came for dinner. You can order straight from the regular menu, but the best deal is to order off one of the family set menus. The six person set ($69.99) includes soup, chicken dish, lobster dish, choice of any four dishes from the main menu (which ranges from $4-14), fried rice or noodle dish, and dessert. All of the dishes on their regular menu was up for grabs, even the lobster dishes.

My lobster loving family joked that we could technically order four lobsters from our choice of four if we really wanted to maximize on the deal.

The restaurant space used to be occupied by another Cantonese restaurant that had also been quite cheap, but when the quality of food deteriorated, we stopped going. It’s a big space, but also quite loud and crowded and the service leaves something to be desired. It was a similar experience with the previous restaurant as well.

Yellow Skin Chicken

This is one of my mom’s favorite dishes. The chicken is simply steamed and served with a minced ginger dipping sauce. The chicken has a natural subtle sweetness and this preparation allows that sweetness to come through. As you can guess, the name comes from the vibrant yellow skin.

Seafood soup

Seabass with Congee

Mixed Mushroom and Goose Intestine

This was my first experience with goose intestine, which apparently is a childhood favorite of my parents. I actually really enjoyed it. The intestines were thin and had a crunch to them, unlike the typical chewy texture of most intestines. Offal usually has a strong flavor that can be off-putting to some, but this was much lighter. I would have guessed it was a vegetable derivative if I didn’t know what it was.

Sauteed Lobster

The lobster was so depressingly small. I’m not even sure you can call it a chicken lobster. We were quite disappointed by the size, and were glad we didn’t order all lobster dishes. My family has since been back and on their last trip the lobster was bigger, so I guess it’s just the luck of the draw.

My experimenting with super simple cookie recipes continued with a peanut butter version. I previously made Nutella ones and dark chocolate ones. This one is just as easy. To spruce them up, I mixed in some cut up mini peanut butter cups.

I love how they look with the embedded peanut butter cups, and it adds some more texture and flavors to the cookies too.

The cookies did not turn out fudgy like the Nutella ones. Peanut butter spread is much more thick. My first version was way way too dense. It just tasted like a lump of peanut butter. I had to tweak the formula a little, but came up with this version which I like much better.

I finally got a chance to try out Harajuku Crepe in Beverly Hills this weekend and I already want to go back.

Harajuku crepes is a popular dessert in Japan. The crepes, which are not the traditional French crepes, are wrapped up into a cone shape and stuffed with various toppings such as ice cream, fresh fruit, whipped cream. There are savory ones as well.

I’d heard really good things about the shop in Beverly Hills but I don’t usually spend much time in Beverly Hills, especially since there is a lot of traffic getting there. But I was already in LA and determined and off we went. I was particularly intrigued by their use of mochi flour in the crepe batter and by the drool worthy post by Gastronomer.

The small simple storefront seems out of place in the expensive Beverly Hills shopping area and I was quite surprised by the very reasonable prices. DH wondered how they can afford to stay in business with the prices given how extraordinary rent must be there.

We previously had tried the harajuku-style crepes offered by Angels & Hearts in San Diego, but had been very disappointed. The crepe batter was too soft and gummy, the toppings quite minimal.

You start with your basic crepe (priced at $3), which you have five flavors to choose from: original, chocolate, green tea, earl grey, and buckwheat. Your main topping is $1.00 extra and any additional toppings and sauces are an additional $.50 each. Each of our crepes ended up being about $5.

Original crepe with Nutella, strawberries and vanilla ice cream

DH chose an original crepe which we filled with strawberries, Nutella and ice cream. The outside of the crepe was still nice and crisp and there was a good amount of toppings filling the inside. The crepe was thin, light, with a little bit of a chew from the use of mochi flour. The crepe texture is a little different from French crepes, but we both really liked this Japanese spin on crepes.