2049 Sawtelle Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Yesterday was pretty much what I missed about LA. Woke up to a half an hour swim, went for brunch with the girls, shopped and got a new top and chilled until dinnertime at ROC on Sawtelle. Most people go for Tsujita for tsukemen but since they don’t offer that for dinner, we walked next door to ROC (I bet you didn’t know it stood for Republic of China) for some Taiwanese food. After one of my friends raved about their soup dumplings (小籠包), it was kind of hard not to look forward to tasting some of the restaurant’s dishes and drooling over the menu.
If you’ve been to Din Tai Fung, it might be good news for you that ROC follows a pretty similar concept from their paper menus where you mark the items that you want to order to the soup dumplings to other dishes like the stir-fried rice cakes (炒年糕).
Happy Eating List:
Not So Happy List:
Next time you’re in the area, give ROC a try! It’s a restaurant that I am quite certain I will return, even if it’s just for their Three-Cup Chicken. After my friend saw my check-in on Four Square, he asked for my opinion on this restaurant. Turns out his friend opened it! I can promise this fact did not affect my rating of the dishes. With a bit of Googling, I found out that owner Peter Cheung first started The Slanted Door in the Bay Area. I look forward to my next visit to San Francisco where (I hope) I can try some of the dishes at The Slanted Door and I also hope to meet such a talented restaurant owner in the future!
Joey Wong ♥