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  • At Yi-Mei Deli, you choose what goes into your rice roll

    At Yi-Mei Deli, you choose what goes into your rice roll

    Name of restaurant: Yi-Mei Deli. It's the name of a famous breakfast chain in Taiwan though there’s no relation between the two. It was adopted because it’s a name that’s familiar to Taiwanese clientele.   Chef: Steve Ting. Ting, who by trade was an electrical engineer, developed all the recipes...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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