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Wokcano’s Monkey Brain Sushi Roll Is Truly Insane

In a society driven by innovation, not even food is safe. So, it’s easy to see how the brilliant culinary minds at Wokcano, who have been serving Asian-inspired cuisine in Southern California since 2009, have used their collective gastronomic intelligence to dream up their latest item — The Monkey Brain.  

While Wokcano’s newest menu item isn’t exactly what it sounds like, the concept behind the naming convention seems to fit the primary characteristics. Named after its visual presentation, Wokcano’s Monkey Brain contains sliced avocado, crab meat, and spicy tuna, fried in tempura batter, and topped with a spicy eel sauce.

While its name might turn a few heads — the Monkey Brain can only be found at Wokcano at MainPlace Mall.

Created in partnership with MainPlace Mall

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Shawarma Egg Rolls Are A Real Thing And Here’s The Recipe

shawarma egg rolls

If you don’t know what Shawarma is then you’re missing out on one of the most important Middle Eastern dishes you’ve never had. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of either lamb, chicken, or beef that is prepared on a vertical rotating spit. A typical beef shawarma sandwich is served in a pita with gherkin pickles, turnips, parsley mix and a drizzle of tahini.

I’ve always been inspired by my Lebanese heritage and cuisine, considering that it was what I grew up with. So when Canada’s bad boy Josh Elkin came through the office this week, we grabbed some shawarma sandwiches in Little Arabia, located in the always sunny Southern California. As we were coming up with ideas for some new recipe videos, the thought of rolling up an entire shawarma sandwich inside an egg roll came to mind. Having an Asian girlfriend was my inspiration, but Josh had the know-how to make it possible.

On our way to the store we wisely consulted my Lebanese mother on how to get the the shawarma recipe just right. Although we don’t have a vertical spit for our shawarma, there’s still a way to to make our dreams come true using an oven and the right spices. Here’s the recipe below and check out the video for a detailed visual look.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 deep fryer or large pot
  • 1 basting brush
  • 3 liters of cooking oil
  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 plastic bag
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 pound of thin sliced flank steak
  • 1 cup of sliced pickled turnips
  • 1 cup of chopped gherkins
  • 1 cup of tahini paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup of red vinegar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of shawarma spice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 largely sliced onion with pedals separated
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sumac spice

Preheat the cooking oil to 375 degrees F.

Step 1

Slice the flank steak into small bits and add it to a plastic bag. Add the red vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, onions, shawarma seasoning, lemon juice, and lemons and mix well. Put this in the fridge for about 2 hours (overnight is better).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Add the contents of the bag to a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes or until the onions become wilted.

Step 3

Combine the parsley lemon juice and sumac in a small bowl and mix well.

Lay out one egg roll wrapper. Paint the perimeter of the egg roll wrapper with the beaten egg.

Step 4

Lay out some turnips in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Add the sliced pickles and some of the parsley mixture. Top it off with a few strips of the shawarma beef.

Step 5

Roll the wrapper from one corner to the next. Pull it back to create a cylinder.

Step 6

Fold in the two side corners of the wrapper over the cylinder and roll it up closed.

Place the egg roll into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and bubbly.

Step 7

Combine the tahini paste with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix until the tahini becomes a light, beige color. Season with more salt to desired taste.


The 14 Most Punny Pho Restaurant Names in Pho-king History

Pho King Delicious

Pho, a Vietnamese dish, has become huge in the world of not only noodle soups, but also pho-netics. Probably one of the best things about it, other than the ridiculously boss flavors, is how creative you can get with the name. We dug around Yelp and came up with a list of some of the creative pho restaurants from all over the U.S. Not gonna lie, it was pretty pho-un (sorry that’s my last one).

Sound off in the comments though if you think there’s a winner we might have missed.





490 N Beverly Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Picthx: satoriie



Absolutely Phobulous

Absolutely Pho Bulous

350 N La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Picthx: Amanda B.



What the Phở

What the Pho

10680 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

Picthx: David N.



Phở – King Delicious

Pho King Delicious

9350 Corbin Avenue

Northridge, CA 91324

PicThx: Lauren T.





5825 Stetson Hills Boulevard #100

Colorado Springs, CO 80923

Picthx: Kim N.



Pho Show

Pho Show

4349 Sepulveda Boulevard

Culver City, CA 90230

Picthx: Sharlene W.



PHOever Yum

Pho Ever Yum

425 S Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90020

PicThx: Phoever Yum



Phở Shizzle

Pho Shizzle

1314 Union Avenue NE #8

Renton, WA 98059

Picthx: Lay Y.



Pho Real

Pho Real

13876 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD 20904

Picthx: David H.



Phở Kim Long

Pho Kim Long

4029 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Picthx: Nelson Q.



Simply Pho You

Simply Pho You

698 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Picthx: Aryf H.






66 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202

Picthx: Erin A.




Pho Natic

229 E Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80203

Picthx: Victoria T.



Good Pho You

Good Pho You

10648 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Picthx: Aaron L.