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Would You Order From Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout?

June 20th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

There’s a new Chinese food delivery service in Westwood–home to the UCLA campus–called Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout. It’s a collab between The Palace Restaurant in Brentwood and UCLA Munchies, and it’s an Asian-run business. Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout’s name, of course, references ex-UCLA student Alexandra Wallace’s YouTube video “Asians in the Library”–wherein she complained about Asian students talking loudly on their cell phones–and the delivery service indirectly addresses the name choice with this statement on its website:

We believe that the best way to combat intolerance is through a positive cultural experience mixed in with a healthy serving of humor, and hope that after you try us, you too will feel that way.

Lord knows we couldn’t argue with that mission statement. And we did love us some of Continue reading Would You Order From Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout?

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Is There Any Tougher Critic Than Your Hardass Asian Mom?

October 14th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Jen

Y’all. If you’ve ever thought your own Hardass Asian Mom was tough on you, more often your toughest critic than your biggest fan, quicker to point out your failings than your strengths, more likely to greet you with a laundry list of reasons as to why you fell on your face when you fell on your face rather than a band-aid for your boo-boo-ed ego, then the letter below is for you.

But first, some background. Eddie Huang (pictured) is the Taiwanese American chef/owner of two restaurants in New York, Baohaus and the recently opened Xiao Ye. Xiao Ye received a terrible review in the NY Times this week, wherein Sam Sifton, while lauding some of Huang’s dishes, compared the taste of one dish to that of “cardboard and water,” and wrote that another “might have been made by your college roommate in a borrowed Crock-Pot one night over winter break, then discarded in favor of Greek pizza from that place out by the discount liquor store.” E.T. said OUCH!

On the heels of this, Huang’s HAM–who taught him how to cook–weighed in by email, which he published on his blog, Fresh Off The Boat:

Hi Eddie,
So what do you think about this review. I feel it is a review of your life. It sounds so familiar to The Food Net Work competition Judge’s comments. I guess you never registered all the opinions from those professionals who have seen so many people working toward their success. There is a reason why the other guy won. Good taste, Continue reading Is There Any Tougher Critic Than Your Hardass Asian Mom?

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Brandon Harris Walker

December 12th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Whenever our friend R.J. smells nail polish, he immediately thinks of growing up with mom in Great Neck, NY. Mentions of 9/11 bring back memories of hunkering down with friends over spaghetti in a NY flat, and vellum gift certificates remind him of his Bar Mitzvah. Every time Christmas comes up, as it often does at this time o’ year, he is overwhelmed with cravings for Chinese food.

And why wouldn’t he? Jewish Christmases and movie theaters and Chinese restaurants (practically the only places open besides Nate ‘n Al’s on December 25th) go together like ramma lamma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong! Think of it as solidarity through the holiday season.

We’re glad to see that our pal is not alone. Brandon Walker, a singer we don’t really know all that well, has used some hokey jokes and “okey” voice, to concur:

…Funny? Not terribly. But that’s okay. It’s the holidays! L’Chaim!
Thanks, Yosi!

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