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Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant

601 E Orangethorpe Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 446-9553

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mas-chinese-islamic-restaurant-anaheim-2

 

I’m sure many of you are going, “Huh?  What’s Chinese Islamic food?”  That’s how I was when some friends first suggested going to eat at Mas’ some years ago.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Since it is an Islamic restaurant, there is no pork on the menu.  That is rule number one — do not ask for pork dishes because there aren’t any.  Second thing to note:  everything is halal.  That means all of the food have been prepared according to Islamic law, which include a series of rituals before the meat was slaughtered.  Third — it really is a Chinese restaurant and has all the typical dishes you’d expect, sans the pork.  The restaurant itself is huge, but it’s not a bad idea to make a reservation as it does tend to fill up quickly.  Be warned, portions are very generous, so it’s great for large parties.  We ALWAYS end up with lots of leftovers.  🙂  Now on with the food!

 

Once you see this signage, it’s time to turn into the parking lot~

 

Thick spring onion sesame bread 芝麻大餅.   You can choose from the thin or thick.  It’s a must-order item — you’ll see it almost at every table.  The portions are huge per order,  like a 12-14 in pizza.  The bread doesn’t look like much, but there is an abundance of flavor once you take a bite! $9.95

 

Green onion lamb 蔥爆羊肉.  People who love lamb will love this dish!  The green onions diminish the gaminess of the lamb and adds excellent flavor.  Yum!  White rice comes with the dishes.  $11.95

 

Three-flavored hand-cut noodles 三鮮炒刀削麵.  The noodles are handmade and a little thicker than normal noodles, therefore also a bit chewier.  It’s stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts and meat.  $10.95

 

Home-style roast chicken 道口燒雞.  You can choose between a half order or a whole order.  We ordered the half.  The chicken was decent, but not as flavorful or juicy as the one from Earthen.  Half order $7.95  whole chicken $14.50.

 

Lamb with pickled cabbage warm pot 酸菜羊肉砂鍋。Lots of lamb, pickled cabbage and clear noodles!  The broth is really refreshing since it has all that pickled cabbage.  The pot keeps the soup hot for a while. You can ask for free refills on the soup base.  I love it!  Regular pot (6-8 people) $14.50 and large pot (8 – 12 people) $17.95

 

Tofu omelette.  The egg omelette covers the tofu, in a very tasty soy-based sauce.   Yum!

 

Between the five of us and the dishes ordered above, we still had half of it to take home.  That’s how big the portions are.  The food is still sooo good the next day!

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85 Degree C Bakery aka 85度C

Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center
2700 Alton Pkwy
Ste 123
Irvine, CA 92606

(949) 553-8585

http://www.yelp.com/biz/85c-bakery-cafe-irvine-3

 

I know many of you have heard of this place.  85 Degree C Bakery originates from the popular Taiwanese coffee shop chain, which is most well-known for its sea salt iced coffee.  The name itself represents the perfect drinking temperature to enjoy coffee.  The Irvine location is the first US outpost.  There are also locations in China and Australia.  The second US location just opened in Rowland Heights this past weekend.  The locations in Taiwan mostly concentrate on the coffee and teas, although cakes and pastries are sold as well.  The US locations, however, focus a lot on the bread-baking side. Bread is baked fresh out of the oven every 30 minutes or less.  Ever since the Irvine location opened almost 3 years ago, there has been a constant line outside the store, just for the bread, ALL DAY EVERYDAY.  Average wait to get in the store is about 30 minutes, which is why  I’m surprised it took them this long to open a second location in SoCal.

The line has only grown longer, especially with the NPR article (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127474607).  Ever since the NPR article, I do see a lot of non-Asians at 85 Degrees.  I’m glad Taiwanese bakeries are taking over!  😛   The store is organized into 2 sections:  bread/bakery and drinks/cakes.  The line is for the bread.  Get in line to select your breads.  Then get in the cashier line to pay.  For those of you who only want to order drinks or cakes, there is a separate line inside the store, which is usually WAY shorter than the bread line.  Sea salt iced coffee is highly recommended — the sea salt is not in the coffee, it’s actually on the foam.

A lot of people willingly drive all the way from LA to Irvine just for the bread.  Therefore, you’ll see people with BAGS full of bread, so don’t be shocked.  I only stop by if I’m in the area.  Every time I’ve been, the selections have been different.  All of the breads I’ve tried are good, but I especially recommend the blueberry cream-cheese and the mochi egg tarts.  So if you see something you’d like to try, just try it — you might not see it at your next visit.

 

The storefront.  Relatively short line (about 10 minutes) since it was around lunch time and the Rowland location just opened on the same day.

 

The bread selection

 

 

The dessert section.

 

My selections for the day, from top left:  mini apple pie $1.80, mochi egg tart (my fav!) $1.50 each, blueberry cream-cheese $1, almond croissant $1.50 and walnut raisin multigrain $2.75