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The 626 Foodettes were invited to taste-test the next big thing in the San Gabriel Valley. Tea royalty Flour + Tea (of the famous Ten Ren lineage) is opening their newest concept PokeMIX in Pasadena. It’s a build-your-own poke bowl bar complete with Flour + Tea’s signature tasty boba and tea drinks and pastry items.
Step 1: Pick a bowl size.
Step 2: Pick a base (rice, seasonal greens, or half and half).
Step 3: Pick your main topping/protein. Choose your add-ons.
Choose from spicy tuna, salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops as your protein. Then, add a drink to your selection. If you like sauces, PokeMix has a delicious spicy mayo sauce that they hand-make there.
PokeMix officially opens to the public on Sunday so make sure to check it out. It’s definitely fast food done right.
Poke MIX by Flour + Tea 99 S. Lake Ave Pasadena 91101
This Sunday, boys and girls! Do you like Customs? How about Kustoms? Lowriders? Vans, choppers, bobbers? We’ll have all that and more this coming sunday. Hope to see as many of you there as possible! If you see me, say hi! I’m the metalhead driving the white ‘75 GMC on Appliance 5-spokes :)
To learn more about the new Chinatown – and what “gentrification” means for this neighborhood – listen to my talk with Madeleine Brand on KCRW Press Play:
The New Chinatown
Generally speaking, Chinatowns all over the U.S. have pretty interesting histories. There’s usually a background of corrupt political manuevering and a whole lot of violence. L.A.’s Chinatown also has a half-glamorous, half-sad Hollywood history: the neighborhood’s second iteration was essentially a movie set, a theme park of sorts that tourists could visit and easily forget that it was home to many of the servers and dancers working to entertain them. (We can’t entirely blame those guileless tourists, though. Many of the storefronts had been used as sets on the 1937 film The Good Earth.)
Chinatown is also where many people experience Chinese food for the first time. Almost all Angeleno lifers have memories of late-night slippery shrimp at Yang Chow and family lunches at Empress Pavilion. But for the past twenty years or so, Chinatown’s restaurants have lost their destination status as the San Gabriel Valley has grown and L.A. diners have become more sophisticated – they’ll now venture out to the eastern reaches of the county to find the best regional Chinese cuisine in the U.S.
So what’s going on with all the neglected kitchens in Chinatown now? Well, they’re seeing some action again, but they’re not serving lo mein and lacquered duck. L.A.’s latest iteration of Chinatown is eclectic, international, and for the most part, quite delicious. Here are some of the latest arrivals: see the list here.
Mokkoji is the newest shabu shabu place on the block in Arcadia. They have pretty affordable lunch specials as well. There are some unique meats like free range Jidori chicken, Toro, Wagyu, to name a few. The tofu even has the Mokkoji brand stamp on it. The toro for dinner $12 for 12 pieces. Add $1 to get a delicious squid ink porridge at the very end! The meal comes with a big bowl of veggies. What is also unique is the mixed grain rice that Mokkoji offers. Thumbs up! Definitely worth checking out!