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Oct 6, 2013 10:14 PM

Quinoa Mixed With Brown Rice at a Chinese Restaurant--and Not in West LA!

So with ROC Star on Sawtelle serving kale, we shouldn't be surprised with a quinoa brown rice option at a Chinese restaurant. Except this is at an authentic place, albeit a Hong Kong style cafe. The perpetrator is Koko's Cafe in Irvine. For those of you who haven't been keeping track, Irvine has turned into San Gabriel Valley south--literally. Seemingly a large part of the Chinese restaurants here are branches of established SGV Chinese restaurants. Not the big name dim sum and seafood palaces, (aside from two branches of Capital Seafood) but operations like Four Sea, 101 Noodle Express, Liang's Kitchen, Tofu King, Tasty Noodle, A&J, Sam Woo, the upcoming Tasty Garden branch, and Lao Dong Beef Noodles. If you want to see what quinoa brown rice at a Chinese restaurant is like, Koko's Cafe is at 15435 Jeffrey Road, #103.

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  1. Farm Cuisine in Monterey Park has that, as well as fried rice made with multigrain wild rice.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      How's Farm Cuisine doing under new management? (I'm surprised anybody took it over.) I would categorize it as borderline Chinese food.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        I notice that Yelp categorizes Farm Cuisine as "Asian Fusion, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian" (without any hint of "Chinese" in the definition at all).

        1. re: Servorg

          I call it borderline Chinese because a good portion of their clientele is Chinese and they have dumplings on the menu. But it's certainly nothing close to a traditional Chinese restaurant.