• New York

    Lunar New Year Celebration with XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS!

    The Lunar New Year was already over, and there were many festivities held during the early this month! LULU celebrated the season with an unforgettable concert held by Xi’an Famous Foods, one of the most popular food in New York, that artfully blended the Asian and Asian American experience – with delicious food, drinks, and great music at one of the city’s most iconic music venues, that night was a one of a kind experience.


    Held at Manhattan’s mega concert venue Terminal 5 on last Saturday, February 20th, enjoy performances from:


    Far East Movement – the first Asian American group to top Billboard’s Top 100, they requireno introduction

    Kina Grannis – the Japanese American YouTube star whose crooning voice took her from YouTube to mainstream fame

    Kimberley 陳芳語 – the Taiwanese Australian singer whose song “Love You” rocketed her to success in Taiwan and beyond

    Softlipa 蛋堡 – the Taiwanese rapper whose Mandarin beats have garnered critical acclaim


    Of course I love Xi’an Famous Foods!


    Xi’an Famous Foods began as a 200 square foot basement stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y. The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an to the United States, with signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. Since then, they’ve expanded to six locations in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens in total. As a family-owned business, they hope to reintroduce the world to the unique cuisine of their hometown: liangpi “cold skin” noodles, lamb pao mo soup, and wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, all in its most authentic form.

    tofu2This is one of LULU’s favorite! You should definitely check it out.

    They have several chains in the city.

    Check the locations here, http://xianfoods.com/locations/.

    And the menus, http://xianfoods.com/menu/.

    My god, I can’t wait to eat it now!


  • Toronto

    Tangerine Cuisine with @iamSharky

    Sharky and I always managed to communicate someway or another everyday. Even though I left Toronto 3 years ago, Sharky is still one of my best friends. When I went home for Canadian Thanksgiving, I was craving the Manchurian Paneer from Tangerine. Tangerine is a Hakka x Indian fusion restaurant. OMG divine. Actually that weekend, I went there twice (once with mom too). Cuz there is actually no other restaurant in the world that makes this.

    It’s basically fried cheese in spicy sauce with cilantro. nom nom

    It was unseasonable warm that day.. Kinda like summer so I wore my Sam Edelman Tuxedo Shoes!

    Even though Sharky didn’t want to eat Asian food, I made him ha ha.. He was so kind to make me a straw bracelet, looks like Cartier a bit.

    Hakka cuisine is the cooking style of the Hakka, and originally came from southeastern China (Guangdong and Fujian). Hakka people are migratory tribes of ethnic Han people originated from central China. Their ancestors exiled themselves from foreign rulers such as the Mongols during the Yuan Dynasty. Due to their late migration to the southern areas of China, they found that all of the best land had been settled long before. The Hakka people were forced to settle in the sparsely settled hill country. As a result, fresh produce was at a premium, forcing the Hakkas to heavily utilize dried and preserved ingredients, such as various kinds of fermented tofu, preserved lime and much use of onion.

    Hakka means “Guest”. The Hakka people in Toronto are first and second generation of Hakka settler from India. The Hakka food is infused with many common ingredients of Indian spices such as red chillies, green chillies, red chilli powder, tandoori masala, cumin and coriander. Together with the Indian and Chinese ingredients, many of the Hakka food is more flavourful than other Chinese cuisine one has experienced.