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5 Sinful Eats To Chow Down On In Costa Mesa

Culinary entrepreneur and Southern California foodie Thomas Pham has an undeniable influence within the vibrant SoCal food scene.

He holds a heavyweight belt as a well-respected social media influencer, and we have him to thank for bringing an East Coast food icon to sunny California in the form of the popular mediterranean restaurant Halal Guys, which opened in Southern California back in 2015.

With that in mind, we were stoked when Thomas let us tag along with him as he munched his way through some of his favorite spots in Costa Mesa, California.

During our first stop, we anchored ourselves down at West Coast Fish, located within The Camp in Costa Mesa. West Coast Fish is fairly new but already booming with popularity. Thomas ordered one of his favorite dishes: The Bjorn Battered Tacos.


Photo by Christian Bourdeau

The temperature was rising and we needed something to cool off, so naturally, Thomas recommended we stop by Creamistry for some made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Thomas grabbed one of his favorite frozen treats, the Taro Nitro MilkShake, topped with marshmallows and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Next, we drove over to Paderia to watch Thomas tear open one of his favorite pastries, a cheese ensaymada — a soft, Spanish pastry made with sweet bread covered with sugar and filled with with cheese. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

After indulging our sweet tooth, we headed over to Orange County’s East Borough to indulge in an OC favorite: the French Pho Dip. Made with beef brisket, Thai basil, bean sprouts, onions, and Sriracha hoisin aioli on a fresh baguette, this culinary creation is an incredible fusion of East meets West, and should be on your list if you haven’t tried it yet.

Finally, for our last bite, Thomas took the gang over to Capital Noodle Bar to try another East-meets-West creation: Thai Basil Spaghetti. The dish was made with minced pork, bell pepper, egg, fresh chilli, Thai basil, and spaghetti noodles.

Thanks, Thomas. We’re stuffed.


Created in partnership with Hansen’s

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Restaurants

Vietnamese Restaurant Combines French Dips With Pho In Best Way Possible

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A restaurant in Santa Ana, CA, is doing a pretty unique take on the classic French Dip. Sit Low Pho, found in the 4th Street Market is selling a Vietnamese-inspired dip.

While the original is made with a roast beef in a French baguette and served with an au jus dip. This version consists of a few more ingredients.

The Pho French Dip Banh Mi features angus brisket, bean sprouts, Thai basil, onions, scallions, cilantro, jalapeños and a hoisin sriracha sauce. It’s served with some pho broth, in place of the au jus, that you can dip your sandwich into.

If you’re a fan of Pho-inspired dishes, this is definitely something you’ll want to check out.

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Fast Food

Check Out Shake Shack’s New FRENCH DIP BURGER

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When Shake Shack announced that a new spot was opening in Downtown Los Angeles, we were delighted. Now, it sounds like the burger chain is offering an LA-exlusive burger just for So-Cal residents.

Inspired by a local LA-institution, Philippe’s, the Shake Shack burger is based on a French Dip they’re calling the Roadside Double. It’s made with double patties, onions cooked in bacon grease and beer, Swiss cheese slices and Dijon mustard.

First We Feast reports that the burger will have a permanent home on the Shake Shack menu. The East Coast burger chain is set to open its Southern California locations sometime in Spring 2016.

Photo: Shake Shack Facebook/Holly Liss

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How to Make a Beautiful Beef Sandwich from Every Part of the World

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Whether your cows go moo, meuh, ụm bò or eum-mae, it’s hard denying the sheer pleasure of biting into a good chunk of beef. And thankfully, no matter where you go around the world, there’s no shortage of ways to transform the humble bovine from merely pastoral to truly divine.

We enlisted the help of Chef Frank DeLoach to put together a list of delicious recreations of some of the world’s most iconic beef sandwiches. From meatball marinara subs to deep fried Mexican cemitas to scallion pancake bulgogi flatbreads, all you’ll need is 45 minutes per sandwich and a whole lot of meat. Friends and family to share all these with are completely optional.

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Korean Kimchee Bulgogi Sandwich on Scallion Pancake Flatbread

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 lbs Beef Short Ribs, cleaned and de-boned
1 small sliced shallot
1 inch of sliced and crushed ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 lime juice
2 tsps roasted sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp Mirin (Japanese rice wine, found in the ethnic section of the grocery store)
1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp of Hoisin (a kind of Asian barbecue sauce, found in the ethnic session)
8 oz kimchee
1 – 2 4 oz packs King Oyster Mushrooms, cut into quarters
2 bunches cilantro
1 package frozen scallion pancakes

Directions:
1. Clean and de-rib Beef Short Ribs. Set aside.
2. Mix shallot, ginger, garlic, lime, Hoisin, Mirin, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and soy sauce in bowl. Add short ribs and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes.
3. Heat frozen pancakes with light oil in large frying pan until both sides are golden brown.
4. Cook mushrooms on high heat until golden.
5. In large pan, cook meat with marinade over high heat until sauce has fully absorbed.
6. Once cooled, assemble meat, mushrooms, kimchee, cilantro, and sesame seeds on top of scallion pancakes and serve.

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South American Corn Bread Arepa with Watermelon and Salsa Verde

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 lbs thinly sliced Flank Steak
2 oz feta
1 slice watermelon
radishes and pea sprouts as desired

Salsa Verde
4 large tomatillos, cut into quarters
1 serrano chile, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch of scallions, white parts included
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
2.5 teaspoons of rice wine vinegar
2 small shallots, sliced

Corn Bread
2 cups masarepa or masa harina flour
1 3/4 cups water

Directions:
1. Place tomatillos, chile, lime, cilantro, scallions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, and shallots into blender. Add one big pinch of salt. Blend ’til smooth.
2. In large bowl, marinade meat with salsa verde and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
3. Mix masarepa flour and water, then form into flat “loaves,” enough for four tops and four bottoms. Fry bread at 325 degrees until golden brown on broth sides.
4. Cook meat in cast iron pan on high heat until medium.
5. Assemble marinated meat, vegetables, watermelon, and cheese on flatbread.

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Italian Burrata Parmesan Meatball Marinara Sub

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
3 oz of Burrata
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bread roll
parmesan as desired
peperoncinis as desired

Meatballs
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 large egg
1 6-inch baguette
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup parmesan
Pinch of chile flakes

Marinara
2 28oz cans crushed San Arzano tomatoes
1/4 cup small diced carrot
4 small or 2 med/large thinly sliced shallots
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp olive oil
handful of basil, stemmed

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, tear baguette into small pieces. Pour in milk and mash bread and milk mixture until soft and mushy. Add egg and ground beef and mix with hands thoroughly.
2. Form 3 – 4 ounce meatballs with meat mixture, plus one smaller, flatter meatball for taste testing.
3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to sauté pan, then cook meatballs approximately 15 minutes on high heat until golden brown. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
4. Combine olive oil, carrots, shallots, and salt into separate sauce pot on stove on medium high heat. Cook until there’s a little color. Add tomato paste and basil, and lightly sweat to bring out oils. Finally, add crushed tomatoes and let simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add marinara sauce to meatball pan and cook on simmering heat for 15 minutes.
6. Lightly toast bread roll.
7. Place burrata, basil, and peperoncinis on bread roll. Add meatballs and top with parmesan.

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Vietnamese Sriracha Mayo Banh Mi

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
20 oz Beef Ribeye, thinly sliced
1/2 carrot, shredded
3 inches daikon, peeled and shredded
1 baguette, lightly toasted
rice wine vinegar

Sriracha Mayo
Kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise, found in Asian grocery stores)
Sriracha

Directions:
1. Combine carrot and daikon in bowl. Pour over with rice vinegar, just enough to cover carrots and daikon. Set aside for at least half an hour.
2. Sear ribeye on high heat, approximately 30 seconds a side.
3. Mix 1 parts Kewpie and 1 1/2 parts Sriracha. Spread on baguette as desired.
4. Assemble all ingredients on baguette.

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Spiced Middle Eastern Beef Pita with Sumac Lebneh

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
6 cucumbers, chopped
Approx. 12 – 15 dates, chopped
10 – 12 sprigs cilantro
6 pitas

Meat Loaf
2 lbs Ground Beef
1.5 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp dried lemon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp white pepper

Sumac Lebneh
2 cups of lebneh (strained yogurt cheese)
2 tbsp sumac
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Mix meat loaf ingredients in large bowl, pounding aggressively until it reaches a pasty texture. Form mixture into loaf and brown all sides on stove, about 8 minutes each.
2. Mix lebneh ingredients in separate bowl and set aside.
3. Thinly slice loaf into strips like gyro meat. Spread sumac lebneh onto pita then fill with meat, cucumbers, dates, and cilantro as desired.

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French Dip with Melted Gruyere

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Prep Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 lbs Chuck Steak, thinly sliced
1 baguette, lightly toasted
8 oz gruyere
6 oz creme fraiche
salt and pepper

Au Jus
3 shallots
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups beef stock

Directions:
1. Split shallots and sweat in sauce pot over medium to high heat. Add olive oil.
2. Pour in beef broth and let mixture boil until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Cook meat in au jus to medium rare, about 4 minutes, then remove from au jus. Set remaining jus aside for dipping.
4. Assemble creme fraiche, cheese, and meat on baguette.

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Pan Fried Mexican Cemita with Chile Slaw and Tapatio Mayo

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 lbs Beef Ribeye Steak
4 loaves ciabatta, lightly toasted
flour, for dusting
1 oz cotija

Chile Slaw
2 sprigs cilantro
1 scallion, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 fresno pepper
1 yellow chile pepper
1 serrano pepper
1 Anaheim pepper

Tapatio Mayo
Kewpie
Tapatio

Directions:
1. Lightly dredge meat in flour then fry at 375 degrees, about 30 seconds per side.
2. Thinly slice peppers then marinate with lime juice along with scallions and shallots. Set aside.
3. Mix 1 part Kewpie to 1.5 parts Tapatio, as much as desired. Spread on ciabatta.
4. Assemble meat, seasoned vegetables, and cheese on bread.

Recipes created in partnership with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Funded by the Beef Checkoff.

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Cravings

This Pho Banh Mi ‘French Dip’ Is Next-Level Vietnamese Food

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It’s a hard choice. You know you’re craving Vietnamese, but what to order when you get there? Do you want the soothing warmth of pho broth, or the satisfying chew of a freshly baked banh mi sandwich? Well, thanks to the fine folks at East Borough in Los Angeles, you may never have to pick just one or the other again.

Devised by chef Chloe Tran, the “Pho Baguette” sandwich is basically a Vietnamese version of a French Dip, where the innards are made up of traditional pho fillings like beef brisket, basil leaves, and bean sprouts, and the sandwich is made to be dipped into a small bowl of pho broth. On top of the baguette is a new age-y drizzle of hoisin Sriracha aioli, lest you forget just how innovative this reimagined sando actually is.

According to LAist, this footlong bit of brilliance currently goes for $13 a pop, at which point you may consider just making one yourself for $5 at nearly any other Vietnamese joint. Or you can just continue ordering both to keep your inner cravings at bay. Go ahead, we’ll do the same.