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By Kelly Strodl | February 15, 2007
For the last 27 years, the owners of the Ruby Palace Chinese restaurant have ushered in the Chinese New Year with the ancient art of Chinese noodle-making. This year — the Year of the Boar — will be no different. Owned by brothers Domingo and Jeff Hsu, the restaurant will offer the public another free opportunity to witness demonstrations of ancient art that has been passed down through the Hsu family for three generations. On Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., noodle lovers can stop by to watch Jeff Hsu take 5 pounds of dough made from nothing more than flour, water and salt, and transform it into elongated noodles, no thicker than angel hair pasta, Domingo Hsu said.
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By Josh Aden | February 7, 2008
Tradition is important to the Hsu family. The clan has been in the restaurant business for generations, and brothers Jeff and Domingo Hsu are no different. They are co-owners of Ruby Palace, which has served Surf City traditional Chinese dishes for 27 years. The restaurant was founded by Hsueh Yung Hsu, who trained sons Jeff and Domingo to take over. ?My father likes tradition,? says Jeff Hsu. ?He wants everything to continue.? For the past six years, the Hsus have been sharing another family tradition with Huntington Beach ?
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May 29, 2003
Mike Sciacca Noodles is the one to beat. So says Orlando Gutierrez of the Los Alamitos Race Course, the site of the eighth annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals which will be run on Saturday. "I saw him race last year but he ran so fast that I didn't see much of him," Orlando said of Noodles, a 2 1/2-year old Dachshund. "He's the champ until someone can beat him. He'll be tough to dethrone." The Huntington Beach canine lives with owners Kimberly and Nick Ganier.
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January 27, 2005
Mike Sciacca To watch the magical handiwork of Jeff Hsu is truly to watch a work of art in progress. Monday at Ruby Palace Chinese Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Hsu, the restaurant's head chef and co-owner, along with brother, Domingo, literally was rolling in the dough. Hands chalked with flour, he rolled a ball of dough that measured a little less than 1 pound -- massaging, kneading, pounding and twirling it, until the blob became several, long, symmetrically perfect noodles.
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By Terry Markowitz | March 19, 2014
Starfish Laguna Beach has hired a new chef since my last visit. He came to work there about a year and four months ago. His name is Marco Romero and he is Venezuelan. I was curious to see what a South American chef would make of this Pan Asian restaurant. Let me say at the start that he is doing a terrific job. A large central bar dominates the restaurant. There are banquettes along one wall with tall stools, a quieter room toward the back and an outdoor patio. The décor is quite beautiful.
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August 16, 2001
Mary Furr You won't need a rhyming dictionary to remember Gong Wong's great cafe. The restaurant on the northwest corner of Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, has for over 20 years become the choice destination for everything from a quick lunch, handy takeout or family gathering. We chose the second dining room with its lovely gold fans and detailed black and gold plaques for a quiet dinner. It's relaxing to order a #4 ($8.75 per person)
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By John Reger | August 27, 2009
Whenever I need a question answered about Japanese food, I turn to Miyuki, a friend who is able to translate most Asian dialects, traditions and customs. She and her husband, Tony, live in San Diego and I have had many enjoyable evenings eating sushi I did not know existed after Miyuki talked to the chefs and they gave her cuts of fish for special customers. The two were passing through town and were heading over to Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen for lunch and graciously invited me along.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 28, 2010
New on the scene and dramatically set is AnQi, the latest production from the An family, most notably the owners of Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s situated just across from Charlie Palmer’s, making a dynamic dining duo in South Coast Plaza. The owner-designed interior can only be described as stunning, with the architectural fusion of the décor matching the culinary fusion of the menu. We were first dazzled by the towering back-lit, glass-brick wall of bottles of booze behind the bar. We then took in the enormity of the high-ceilinged space divided into three main dining areas: one exclusively for dining, one with its fireplace for lounging and dining and the third, with its additional bar, for drinking and dining while watching the gigantic wall TV. Elements of wood, concrete and stone create a modern interpretation of Pan-Asian influences.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 26, 2010
We are faithful devotees of Vietnamese food, and last night we recently became big fans of Phans 55. Tucked away in an apartment complex right off Jamboree Road in Irvine, this is the hippest and most attractive Vietnamese restaurant outside of Vietnam, that we’ve ever come across, and the food is top notch as well. The long, narrow, high-ceilinged room has been transformed into a sleek contemporary bistro with extravagant light fixtures made from strings of glass balls, kite-like fabric floating from the ceiling and a shiny stainless steel exposed kitchen.
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By Terry Markowitz | March 19, 2014
Starfish Laguna Beach has hired a new chef since my last visit. He came to work there about a year and four months ago. His name is Marco Romero and he is Venezuelan. I was curious to see what a South American chef would make of this Pan Asian restaurant. Let me say at the start that he is doing a terrific job. A large central bar dominates the restaurant. There are banquettes along one wall with tall stools, a quieter room toward the back and an outdoor patio. The décor is quite beautiful.
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By Terry Markowitz | July 9, 2013
Having traveled in Vietnam, my husband and I are devotees of the wonderful food from that part of the world. Short of a trip across the ocean, Orange County residents are in a perfect place to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine. We have the privilege and gastronomic delight of residing within a few miles of the largest population of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. According to the 2011 census, about 189,000 Vietnamese-Americans live in Orange County. If you have never tasted pho, summer rolls or vermicelli noodle salad, just to name a few popular dishes, you have a great treat in store.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 26, 2012
Time after time, we find small strip-mall restaurants in Huntington Beach that are chef-owned and reasonably priced and offer a menu with their particular, inventive slant on whatever cuisine they prepare. Our newest discovery, the Corner, has been around for about a year and a half. It is the offspring of Chef Chris Grodach, who earned his chops at such culinary meccas as the French Laundry and the Montage. In Chef Chris' own restaurant, featuring eclectic cuisine, everything from the ketchup to the garlic noodles is made from scratch.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 11, 2011
On our foray into ethnic markets, we discovered so many interesting places that we were forced to complete our survey with yet another article. This time, we are looking at Asian markets. Actually, these markets are all pan-Asian, but each focuses on the food of a particular country. In our area, there are Chinese and Japanese markets, but very nearby in Westminster are many Vietnamese markets, while Irvine has an excellent Korean one. The most well-known is the Chinese-owned 99 Ranch Market at 18081 Magnolia St. in Fountain Valley that has ingredients from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Japan, Vietnam, Korea and, of course, every region of China.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 17, 2010
Tommy Bahama's maxim is, "Life is one long weekend. " Only a fictional character could adopt this as a motto these days, but the folks behind this brand would like to make it a reality … at least when you spend a little time with them, shopping and dining. Their latest endeavor, in Laguna, is offering a more "beachy" approach to the "Bahama" experience. Rather than the faux tropical paradise vibe, they are trying to capture historic Laguna in a casual café/bistro rather than a fine dining establishment.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 26, 2010
We are faithful devotees of Vietnamese food, and last night we recently became big fans of Phans 55. Tucked away in an apartment complex right off Jamboree Road in Irvine, this is the hippest and most attractive Vietnamese restaurant outside of Vietnam, that we’ve ever come across, and the food is top notch as well. The long, narrow, high-ceilinged room has been transformed into a sleek contemporary bistro with extravagant light fixtures made from strings of glass balls, kite-like fabric floating from the ceiling and a shiny stainless steel exposed kitchen.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 28, 2010
New on the scene and dramatically set is AnQi, the latest production from the An family, most notably the owners of Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s situated just across from Charlie Palmer’s, making a dynamic dining duo in South Coast Plaza. The owner-designed interior can only be described as stunning, with the architectural fusion of the décor matching the culinary fusion of the menu. We were first dazzled by the towering back-lit, glass-brick wall of bottles of booze behind the bar. We then took in the enormity of the high-ceilinged space divided into three main dining areas: one exclusively for dining, one with its fireplace for lounging and dining and the third, with its additional bar, for drinking and dining while watching the gigantic wall TV. Elements of wood, concrete and stone create a modern interpretation of Pan-Asian influences.
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By John Reger | August 27, 2009
Whenever I need a question answered about Japanese food, I turn to Miyuki, a friend who is able to translate most Asian dialects, traditions and customs. She and her husband, Tony, live in San Diego and I have had many enjoyable evenings eating sushi I did not know existed after Miyuki talked to the chefs and they gave her cuts of fish for special customers. The two were passing through town and were heading over to Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen for lunch and graciously invited me along.
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By Josh Aden | February 7, 2008
Tradition is important to the Hsu family. The clan has been in the restaurant business for generations, and brothers Jeff and Domingo Hsu are no different. They are co-owners of Ruby Palace, which has served Surf City traditional Chinese dishes for 27 years. The restaurant was founded by Hsueh Yung Hsu, who trained sons Jeff and Domingo to take over. ?My father likes tradition,? says Jeff Hsu. ?He wants everything to continue.? For the past six years, the Hsus have been sharing another family tradition with Huntington Beach ?
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