Ultimate Asian restaurants in OC
It seems to me that there was a thread like this several months ago. I can't find. Could someone either direct me to it, or let's start a new one.
With so many Asian ethnicities heavily represented in OC, what are the two or three very best restaurants in each category?
Thai - Thai Nakorn
Japanese bbq: Tsuruhashi
Chinese bakery: 85 degrees in Diamond Jamboree
AYCE Korean BBQ: Cham Sut Gol
Chinese Islamic: Ma's Islamic
Persian: Naan and Kabob
Lao: Vientiane Thai Laos
Here's my breakdown of Viet Food:
Chiu Chow style noodle soups: Trieu Chau
Central Viet (Hue) food: Vien Dong
Viet desserts: Hien Khanh
Viet sandwiches: Banh Mi Che Cali
Bun bo hue: Ngu Binh
Banh xeo (sizzling crepe): Van's Restaurant
7 courses of beef: Thien Anh or Anh Hong
Banh cuon or rice rolls: Any of the Banh Cuon Tay Ho locations
Favori for the whole baked catfish. Not sure if there are other places in Little Saigon that do it better, but Favori's always the first name that pops into mind when I think of that dish. It's really worth trying out if you've never had it before. I like to think of it as the fish equivalent of Peking Duck...except with more herbs!
If you don't mind listening to karaoke (usually there's a wedding or some special get-together going on), try Royal Seafood Restaurant. Ca nuong is one of my favorite dishes, and this place makes it the best in Orange County, imho. I tried Favori and thought it tasted muddy. It's only open on weekends!
Royal Seafood Restaurant
12342 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Japanese: Honda ya (Tustin) for izakaya, Santouka (Costa Mesa) for ramen, Tsuruhashi (Fountain Valley) for Koreanish BBQ & Shibucho (Costa Mesa) for sushi.
Chinese: Ten Ten Seafood (Anaheim)
dim sum: King Lobster Palace (Orange) & Ten Ten Seafood (Anaheim)
Indian: Royal Kyber (Santa Ana)
I believe Little India in Artesia is in LA County proper, so while close, I didn't include those restaurants.
Thai - Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove or Stanton
Vietnamese - Brodard -This is a tough one. I think the strange thing about Vietnamese restaurants is that each restaurant is strong at a couple dishes with the rest being OK. There could be a whole post just subdividing Vietnamese dishes and what restaurants make the best.