Asian Picks in Orange County
What are you looking for? Strengths are Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and a really good Thai Place. Lunch or dinner?
-Trieu Chau (lunch only). Dirty hole in the wall noodle shop. Get the house special noodles with thin white pho noodles
-Newport Tan Cang. Vietnamese/Cantonese. Famous for their very flavorful house special lobster. Their vietnamese beef is also good. The only downside is that the lobster is a minimum of 5-lbs.
-Com Tam Thuan Kieu . Broken rice plate. Monster portion for like $6.99. Grilled chicken, fried fish cake in bean curd, some meat pie thing. Funky and delicious.
-Kasen for traditional sushi. Not funky. Pristine, simple, and delicious
-Kappo Honda for izakaya. Huge menu, think Yakko-san but much better
-Tsuruhashi. Japanese bbq beef. Great stuff. Excellent quality.
-101 Noodle Express. Dumplings, noodles, beef rolls. One of my personal favorites. Long lines at peak lunch hours and weekend.
-Sam Woo Culver. Really good high end Cantonese seafood. Many tanks of live seafood swimming around and ready to be cooked to order. Can get pricy if you go crazy.
-Little Sheep. Mongolian Hot pot. You can get half spicy and half clear broth. High quality sliced lamb and beef. Also very good seafood and vegetarian options.
-Kaju Tofu (Garden Grove branch not Irvine). Good Korean stewed tofu. I like to combo it with the chicken bulgogi.
-Thai Nankorn. Outstanding. Green papaya salad +/- raw crab, chicken yellow curry, stuffed fried chicken wings, BBQ chicken, piguaut beef curry (if you want a little funkier).
Welcome to the OC.
I agree with porthos about newport tan cang. that lobster is awesome. i do think we got one slightly smaller before but i would have no complaints about sharing a 5lbr with a friend. also got the pea shoots/sprouts and a free -- but amazing -- beef broth with bone etc in it. saw some older guys eating what looked like a beef stew/broth with french bread and that looked great too....but hard to get away from that lobster....not too pricey either.