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By Chris Buswell | The Intersection of Eastern and Western Cultures

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Star on Why She Changed Her Name: ‘Hollywood Is Racist’

When Chloe Bennet started out in Hollywood, her last name was Wang. The <i>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D</i><i>.</i> actress, who is Chinese-American, changed it because …

Comics

Kit Kat Introduces Cough Drop Flavor to Japan

Posted at 09:05h in Arts + Life, Food + Drink, What's New by Chris 0 Comments<p>Switzerland-based food and beverage company, Nestlé recently introduced …

Downtown LA's Next Instagram Trend Actually Combines Cheese and Tea

Little Fluffy Head is ready to cash in on a growing Asian trend<p>Downtown’s next tea shop is almost ready to serve, as <b>Little Fluffy Head</b> looks to cash in on the growing trend of something called cheese tea. Yes, it’s actually a layer of cheese on top of some tea.<p>As the image below shows, cheese tea …

Los Angeles

DokoDemo's Japanese Street Food Really Hits The Spot

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New York City

Enter the New Dim Sum Contender

The past decade or so has produced a sea change in Chinese dining in Los Angeles, as well as the rest of the United States. Decades of Cantonese …

China’s love of US chicken feet proves a recipe for a perfect trade

Americans eat about 9bn chickens a year, but not the feet. Southern Chinese, on the other hand, import about 300,000 tonnes each year of the delicacy …

L.A.’s Secret Chinatown Has Only One Restaurant Left — but New Neighbors Are Arriving

On the surface, Los Angeles' Chinatown seems to be just like other historical Chinatown, such as those in San Francisco, New York and others that …

Beijing promotes tourism in Helsinki

To boost tourism between the EU and China, a promotional event called Charming Beijing was held in Helsinki.<p>Song Yu, Director-General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development told Euronews more about their goals: “Most of the people in Beijing would like to visit a lot of Western …

Beijing

Watch: Park’s BBQ Is LA’s Ultimate Korean Barbecue Destination

Sampling wagyu beef, galbi, and more meaty delights on this episode of K-Town<p>There's a reason Korean barbecue is a go-to for diners in Los Angeles: Access to high quality beef, plenty of space for tabletop cooking, and commitment to authentic flavors abound in LA's Koreatown. Park's BBQ has been a …

BBQ

A New Udon-Making Machine Comes to Life on Sawtelle Next Month

Marugame Udon aims for total domination<p>Sawtelle newcomer <b>Marugame Udon</b> is hiring up now. The anticipated Japanese noodle shop is promising big things for the already restaurant-rich stretch of Sawtelle Japantown, but they’ve got a secret weapon to help win the war: a noodle-making machine.<p>Per a …

McDonald's to almost double presence in China by opening 2,000 new restaurants

McDonald’s will almost double its number of restaurants in China over the next five years as it continues to restructure its business following a worrying dip in sales.<p>The fast food giant, the world’s largest restaurant chain, will add 2,000 more restaurants to its current 2,500 in mainland …

McDonald's

A New Tokyo-Based Izakaya and Taproom Is Taking Over in Culver City

Drinks and skewers and more come to Sepulveda<p>There’s a new restaurant coming to the outer stretches of Culver City soon, called <b>Harujuku Taproom</b>. Toddrickallen was the first to spot the plywood, noting the flip at the former Grey Block Pizza.<p>Harujuku Taproom is actually an expansion of a Tokyo …

San Francisco's Anchor Brewing acquired by Sapporo

Anchor Brewing has been a San Francisco staple since 1896, surviving earthquakes, prohibition and tech booms and busts. But on Thursday, the brewer announced it will be a San Francisco company no longer after a sale to Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Ltd.<p>Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a …

San Francisco

Katana, LA’s Japanese Import, Attempts to Woo Chicago Starting Tonight

The celebrity hangout is ready in River North<p>The sushi chefs are ready to roll, the A5 Wagyu beef is ready to sizzle, and the celebs are ready to be seen inside <b>Katana</b>, the glitzy LA import opening tonight in River North at 339 N. Dearborn St. Wednesday night’s VIP party brought out former Bull …

Los Angeles

Japanese Chain Rakkan Ramen Takes Over Sushi Toshi In Little Tokyo

The vegetable-based ramen contender comes to Downtown’s Japanese enclave<p>There’s a new ramen shop in Little Tokyo, and this one stands out because they don’t use heavy bone-broth bases. Opened on 1st Street near Central Avenue the second week of July, Rakkan is a Japanese-based chain with its first …

Flushing Hawker Stand Launches Dim Sum Favorite to Next Level

Joe’s Steam Rice Roll grinds rice to order<p>“A lot of people go to the spa to steam their face,” <b>Joe Rong</b>, the man behind <b>Joe’s Steam Rice Roll</b> (136-21 Roosevelt Avenue), says amid clouds of rice-scented steam. “I steam my face every day.”<p>There are many other places that offer chang fen, as it’s known …

International Japanese Izakaya Chain Zuma Expanding to Downtown LA’s Arts District

They’ve already got a Vegas location inside The Cosmopolitan<p><b>Zuma</b>, the high end Japanese izakaya and grillhouse based in London, is plotting a new Arts District location in Downtown Los Angeles. Located on 249 S. Garey Street, the swanky restaurant takes over 8,000 square feet just behind Manuela …

Las Vegas

Tokyo’s Wagyumafia Brings Criminally Expensive $180 Sandwich to San Francisco

There’s also a thriftier $45 option<p>Tokyo beef cutlet sandwich restaurant <b>Wagyumafia</b> plans to open a San Francisco outpost in the first quarter of next year, and true to its name, the restaurant will serve its signature wagyu beef between slices of white bread at the nearly criminal price of $180.<p>The …

San Francisco

Ippudo Berkeley opens Friday. Feast your eyes on these bowls of ramen

We were invited to try the West Coast's first Ippudo on the eve of its opening. See what we ate and what you can expect to find on the menu.

New York City

Per Se Alum Pivots to West Village Korean Ramen Shop

Jeju Noodle Bar opens in late August<p>A Per Se and Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare alum is going the casual route for a passion project: a Korean ramyun shop in the West Village. <b>Jeju Noodle Bar</b> — named for an island off the Southern coast of Korea — is set to open late August in the former Nighthawk’s …

Restaurants

Mapping 16 Chinatown landmarks and their history - Curbed SF

Welcome to Chinatown Week—a celebration of one of the city’s oldest and most populated neighborhoods.<p>The first Chinese immigrants arrived in San Francisco in 1848, beating out the famed ’49ers with months to spare.<p>That makes Chinatown an older and more established San Francisco tradition than even …

New Japanese Street Food Restaurant Plots Major NYC Area Expansion

Dokodemo specializes in okonomiyaki and takoyaki<p>A new East Village Japanese restaurant specializing in okonomiyaki and takoyaki already has plans to expand like wild in the New York area.<p><b>Dokodemo</b> opened last week at 89 East 4th Street near 2nd Avenue, with 22 seats and a simple menu of just …

Japan

Which Cars Are Made in China and Sold in the U.S.?

Smartphones, Computers … and Cars?<p>About 10 years ago, Chinese car manufacturers were boasting about their plans to take over the United States with …

Made in China

Chinatown alleyways: A tour of our favorites

A look at some of the city’s most fantastic alleys<p>San Francisco Chinatown alleyways tend to fall victim to tales from the past. Opium dens, gambling, prostitution—whatever grabs the attention of tourists hungry for a lurid look at the bygone days. But there’s more to these small stretches of street …

San Francisco

Pret a Manger is bringing its popular Asian restaurant to NYC

Julian Metcalfe, the man who brought Pret a Manger to New York, is about to bring us another gift from across the pond. Anyone who has been to …

Restaurants

Sen Sakana, the $7M Restaurant Opening in Midtown

It’s Nikkei-style cuisine<p>After a three year delay, <b>Sen Sakana</b> is opening in Midtown (28 West 44th Street) on Wednesday, a $7 million Japanese-Peruvian restaurant from <b>Allan Wartski</b> (Astoria’s Christos Steakhouse, Edison Ballroom) serving Nikkei-style fare.<p>Chefs <b>Mina Newman</b> (Christos Steakhouse) and</b> …

Asian-Inspired Version of Pret Is Opening in NYC

Sushi, udon, and more at Itsu<p>The founder of UK-based Pret A Manger is now bringing <b>Itsu</b>, the Asian-inspired fast-food chain to New York which will open in 2018.<p><b>Julian Metcalfe</b> — who is responsible for opening dozens of Pret locations in NYC — will be rolling out Itsu in a 2,100-square-foot space at …

Tentenyu’s Kyoto-Style Ramen Looks Ready to Rock Capitol Hill

A preview of the imported restaurant<p>Ramen fans are rejoicing as <b>Tentenyu</b>, the internationally acclaimed Kyoto-born chain, arrives in Capitol Hill on Friday, July 28. Eater stopped by to preview the menu and the space in the former Mercedes-Benz showroom at the intersection of Pike and Belmont (1510 …

Seattle

Japan’s renowned Ippudo ramen coming to Berkeley, San Francisco

Until Shigemi Kawahara came along, ramen was a humble Japanese bowl eaten by working-class laborers in equally humble restaurants. He saw the dish …