Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

Chado Tea Room – Little Tokyo

369 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 258-2531
Haven’t seen some of my girlfriends for a while, so we planned to meet for afternoon tea and settled on this place.  It’s in the heart of Little Tokyo, right next to the Japanese American Museum.  Parking could be hard to find in the area.  So, unless you get lucky with one of the few street meters, you’re better off parking at a lot that charges $3 – $5 a day.
It’s a nice place to spend a weekend afternoon.  The service is good and food is one of the better ones that I’ve had at afternoon teas.  I do wish that they use real flowers at the tables, and stop using any teapots that are chipped!  But, oh well, that’s just me.
According to our waitress, Chado Tea Room has over 250 tea selections
The restaurant also sells tea sets, tea cups, saucers, etc.
The outside seating.  Too bad the flowers were fake!
Afternoon tea set – $18 per person which includes 4 half sandwiches (smoked salmon, cucumber,curry egg and cranberry chicken), 1 scone, 1 cake and selection of tea.  The picture is the 2 person portion, so double of everything.   I’d recommend getting a few a la carte items instead of going for the set because there is just WAY too much food for 1 person.  There is a $3 splitting charge for afternoon tea sets.
The strawberries with creme is so good on the scones!
Bottom tier:  cakes and cookies
Going a la carte:  1/2 cucumber sandwich and 1/2 Mediterranean sandwich (olive tapenade with goat cheese, yum!).  $7.95
Teas could be brewed hot or iced.  Hot tea is served in a pot while iced teas come in a glass carafe.  This one is the apple mango with hibiscus.  Not too sweet and refreshing!  $2.75

[Recipe] Baked salmon

This is my first recipe post!  Haven’t had much time to cook the past couple of months, but now that exams are over, will definitely be cooking a lot more.

My philosophy on cooking is to use ingredients that are fresh and in season.  Once you have quality ingredients, you’ve already won over half the battle.  Even lightly seasoning them in salt and pepper will taste great.  So hopefully you guys find my recipes easy to make, and delicious to boot!


First off, we’ll be starting with a filet of wild sockeye salmon (yes, it really is this red naturally!), around 1.5 – 2 pounds.  I bought this one from Costco, at $7.99 a pound.  But you can use any type of fish you’d like.  After you take the fish out from the package, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.  For those of you who like to eat the salmon skin (not me!), remember to scrape off the scales, then clean the fish.  Then, lightly sprinkle with some sea salt or if all you have on hand is regular salt, that’s fine too.  Usually, for seafood, I prefer using sea salt because it is not as salty as regular salt plus it gives a cleaner and sweeter taste.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.  Then, place the salmon on a foil-lined baking pan and pop it into the oven.  Since the fish is from Costco, I had to cut it in half so that it’ll fit onto the baking pan.


Bake for 20 minutes.  Then, voila, perfectly cooked salmon.


Basically, this is the main entree.  You can pair it with sauteed vegetables, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, etc the possibilities are endless!  For this meal, I made it into a salmon salad for a light summer dinner, and dressed it with some EVOO and aged balsamic vinegar.

Bon appetite!