(626) Foodettes

Covering the food scene in the San Gabriel Valley.

We had a great time visiting the Sriracha Factory during chili grinding season to see how the hot sauce is made from beginning to end! Check out Kristie’s site for behind the scenes video and more footage!

Pho Hai Phong in El Monte has one of the best chicken phos you can get. The chicken is extremely fresh. You can truly taste the difference. You have to choice  whether to have your chicken with bones or boneless. I personally prefer boneless because it makes it much easier to eat. They do give less chicken if you order it boneless though.

There’s sides of delicious ginger sauce for you to mix a sauce to your desires. Pho Hai Phong’s chicken rice is also very tasty. It’s very similar to a Hainan Chicken Rice, but Vietnamese style. The rice is what they call ‘you fan’, which is flavored rice. You can’t go wrong with anything chicken here. 

The staff speaks Cantonese, Vietnamese, and English. 

My only compliant would be that if you order to go, they are extremely stingy with their ginger sauce. They charge an additional .75 cents for sauce and they don’t even give very much. My tip would be to eat there and then scoop extra sauce to go since it’s unlimited while you dine!

  • 10990 Lower Azusa Rd
    El Monte, CA 91731

Happy Eatings!

Starting today until September 30th, The Habit is debuting a new spicy Hatch Chile Charburger. Jalapeño & yellow hatch chilies all over. The Habit  consistently makes one of the best burgers around town. Here’s how they describe their new burger:

    “Based on the popularity of jalapeño and yellow chiles available in our condiment bar, we’ve been getting a message from our guests,” observed Russ Bendel, the Habit’s CEO. “They want to spice it up with more flavor and we’re listening. The sales of Hatch chiles have skyrocketed in the last few years, especially in our markets in California, Arizona and Utah, so the timing seems perfect to launch a new limited-time version of the Charburger.”  A roasted, whole, peeled Hatch green chile is grilled and then placed on top of a char-grilled fresh beef patty, which is layered with melted cheese, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato and served on a toasted bun lightly spread with mayonnaise. An additional layer of flavor is added by a new salsa created by the Habit’s Vice President of Food & Beverage, Chef Adam Baird, expressly for the Hatch Chile Charburger launch.  Fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotle and Hatch chile purée, fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic and cumin are blended to a chunky texture and added to the burger build

To find the nearest Habit Burger near you, click here. 

If you’re thinking about going to this weekend’s 626 Night Market, then you should definitely check out my guide on LA Weekly for which booths you must stop by!


See you at the night market!

Starting today, Jack in the Box now serves Cronuts. Err, I mean Croissant Donuts. Go check them out!

The Best Dumplings In Los Angeles

Sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to goof up. A perfect example is the dumpling. These bite sized morsels made of unleavened dough stuffed with savory fillings can be delicate and delicious, or a sticky, gummy mess. We’ve scoured the streets to find the best, most of which are from the dumpling capital of the world—China.

Here are our favorites, plus a few non-Chinese options for good measure. Of course many of the mentioned dishes are in the 626 so read on to find out where to get them!


Not 626 related, but who doesn’t love free stuff?

Napoleon’s Macarons is giving away #free ice cream macaron sandwiches at the Westfield Topanga Mall and the Americana Brand on August 2nd for #NationalIceCreamSandwichDay! Your welcome! 

Details here: http://tinyurl.com/lgbl6zd

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

The long-awaited Bambu Desserts & Drinks has finally opened in San Gabriel. Your favorite Vietnamese drinks and desserts are now close to home. There are picture menus of every type of drink clearly marked to help you decide. Popular items are Numbers 1, 6, 10, 11. Mungbean, basil seed, boba, coconut milk…. the list goes on!

  • 432 E Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776

It was a blast meeting our readers at the 626 Night Market. Here are some of the food pics we took. See you guys at the next one!


Your Foodettes

3 Incredible Cantonese Dishes You Need To Try Right Now by Yours Truly made the LAist food section today! I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite Cantonese dishes that you can’t find anywhere else.Take a look!