Dinner @ Addis (Oakland)

Dinner @ AddisThe BF and I went up to Oakland for the weekend and had dinner at Addis, an Ethiopian place on Telegraph. The place was bigger inside than it looked from the outside and the food was tasty and more than enough for 4 grown people (me, the BF, his dad, and the BF’s sister’s partner).
Dinner @ Addis
^The vegan platter with an addition of a tofu thing. The collard greens were flavorful and tender and I liked the potatoes and carrot thing. They tasted like Asian curry. The tofu thing was good, but it tasted more Thai than Ethiopian.
Dinner @ Addis
I ate more from the meat-eaters combo plate. In the bowl was a spicy chicken leg and hard boiled egg thing. Then there was a ground beef, cheese, and spicy stuff thing. We couldn’t agree on if we wanted it well done or rare, so the waitress was nice enough to let us split it up. The 3 o’ clock is the well done ground beef. At 5:30 is the rare one. It looked more raw than rare, but hey, at least it was still warm. Despite its spicy pinkness, the rare ground beef thing was delicious — like a steak tartar.

The salads in the middle were kind of a trap. I ate a big mouthful to cool down from the spiciness of the rest of the plate only to realize that the salad had huge pieces of jalapenos cleverly hidden under the lettuce.

Despite the heat, all the food was good. It was a shame that we had so much leftover and couldn’t take it back with us because we had to go somewhere else and we didn’t want the car to get stinky.

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Addis Ethiopian
6100 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
(510) 653-3456

Kam Hong Garden

The craving for some chewy handmade noodles drove us to this new place in Monterey Park: Kam Hong Garden. Just driving by, it looks a little too clean and sterile for the SGV, but the food was surprisingly good and the staff are friendly and accommodating to vegan/vegetarian patrons.
Kam Hong Garden: hand shaven noodles
The vegetable stir fried hand-cut noodles (vegan) looked good and had a nice wok-chi flavor. The BF thought it wasn’t hearty enough and there was too much cabbage, but I thought it tasted fine.
Kam Hong Garden: Spring onion pancake
We also ordered some spring-onion pancakes (vegan). They were tasty, but nothing special. They lost their crunch pretty quickly, unfortunately.
Kam Hong Garden: House Special Hand Shaven Noodle Soup
This is my favorite dish from Kam Hong Garden so far and it deserves the number one spot on the menu. I don’t know what it’s called in English, so I’ll just call it “House Special Noodle Soup”. In Chinese, I order it as san shi dao xiao mien. It’s beef noodle soup with a deep beefy broth, curled slices of kombu, slices of cucumber, and hand-shaved noodles. It tastes especially good after a splash of the black vinegar.
Kam Hong Garden: Jia-jian mien
For those who don’t want to brave having hot broth on a scorcing summer day, there’s always jia-jian mien (vegan). I don’t think the usual version is vegan, but if you specify it to the waiter, he can make it vegan for you.
Kam Hong Garden: Beef wraps
The beef wraps were also surprisingly good. For a place that specializes in noodles, I didn’t expect this to taste so good, but people seemed to like it. I love the sweet paste they have inside and I don’t even mind the cilantro even though I usually hate it. Very refreshing on a hot day.
Kam Hong Garden: xlbs
Maybe it was a mistake to order this, but the xiao long baos were only okay. They’re hand-made and sometimes you can see Mama Yang behind the glass stuffing them, but they don’t compare to the xlbs at other places. I thought the filling was a bit too hard and salty, but the wrapping was nice and chewy.

Kam Hong Garden is a great choice if you’re craving hand made noodles. For most of the noodle dishes, you can specify if you want hand-shaved noodles (the long, flat wavy lasagna-like kind), hand-pulled (long, thin and irregular), or even nien gao (rice ovalettes). I’m a big fan of hand-shaven noodles in soup because they’re so chewy and satisfying, so I would definitely suggest ordering any type of hand-shaved noodles in soup.

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Kam Hong Garden
848 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755