Tien Wong

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Shabu Fondue Opens Saturday in Phoenix: Hot Pots Return from Chef Johnny Chu

    It's been a few months since Johnny Chu's T. Spot (formerly Tien Wong) closed its doors and left a giant, gaping hot pot hole in our Valley dining scene. But don't worry, Asian fondue lovers. That's about to change. The chef's new hot pot restaurant, named Shabu Fondue, will open at 7822 N. 12 Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

    If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good. Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in October

    Another month checked off in the culinary datebook of 2013, another month when I look back on the best things I ate. From dishes like my new favorite macaron of the moment to sophisticated nachos and a tough-to-find street snack, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month, selected from review ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenicians welcomed a whole bunch of new restaurants last month, including the second location of Portillo's and couple new vegan-friendly spots. And the month also saw a few makeovers completed. You can officially check out the fresh digs at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort, or grab a cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Umami in Tempe Is One of The Hottest Ramen Shops in the Country Right Now, According to Eater

    Phoenix restaurants are hot right now. It hasn't been more than two weeks since Melt, the new ice cream shop on Roosevelt Row, got a shout out for being one of the Hottest Ice Cream shops in the country from the national food blog Eater. And earlier this week five metro Phoenix restaurants earned sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Former Country Club Chefs Opening Wood-Fired Pizza Joint in Chandler

    What do chefs do when they're ready to leave the world of country club cuisine behind? Make pizza, of course. At least that's the path chefs Marshall Reichert (Cottonwood Country Club) and Tyler Anderson (Palo Verde Country Club) decided to take. The duo plans to open H&H City Pizza (the name a nod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Astor House Reinvents Itself as a BBQ Joint and We Got a Preview

    After closing temporarily a few weeks ago Astor House, the adorable neighborhood spot for small plates and cocktails, announced it would be re-opening this week but with a totally new persona. That persona comes in the form of a barbeque menu. And this weekend guests got a preview of just what the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Astor House in CenPho Reinventing Itself as a BBQ Joint (And We've Got the Menu)

    Since it closed temporarily two weeks ago, Astor House, the charming, small plate spot from DJ Fernandes (Tuck Shop, Vovomeena) that opened last spring, has been going through a transformation -- of the 'cue kind. Featuring smoked meats done in a barbecue style Fernandes refers to as "Coronado Cue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Chef Johnny Chu Expands Chandler's Tien Wong to Include a Ramen Shop and Asian Tea House

    For those who fantasize about real-deal ramen and Asian teas, T.Spot, the new space inside Tien Wong, the casual hot pot restaurant in Chandler, might be the place of your dreams. Courtesy of chef Johnny Chu and wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q (the couple also owns SoChu House in Centra ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    5 Unique Spots for Ethnic Cuisines in Greater Phoenix

    Thanks to food television and the Internet, becoming educated on the cuisines of other countries is easier than ever. See also: - Café Ga Hyang: Fantastic Korean Food -- And It's Open Late - Old Town Sarajevo Is a Bread and Meat Lover's Dream But often, finding the restaurants that specialize in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Ten Favorite Chinese Restaurants in Greater Phoenix

    ​ China is a nation with a multitude of culinary traditions stretching back thousands of years. In comparison, Phoenix has been around since last Tuesday and we should all be thankful that some of what's good over there can be found over. here. A word of advice: If you want to embark on a true e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Where Am I Eating?

    ​ Waiting in the heat (30 min wait on a Wednesday?) was brutal but totally worth it. Fluffy scrambled eggs, off the bone ham, buttery hash browns and two pieces of the best toast we have ever had in Arizona. A little cup of homemade strawberry preserves and a glass of honey lemonade completed ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 24, 2011
  • Dining

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    New in Chandler: Tien Wong

    ​A cold, rainy day like this one is perfect for the news that Johnny Chu, chef-owner of hip Asian tapas and sake spot Sens, just opened his new hot pot restaurant. Week-old Tien Wong (2330 N. Alma School Rd., #118) takes over the Chandler space that used to house Citrus C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Coming Soon to Downtown: Province Johnny Chu of Sens & Tien Wong (Coming Soon) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Johnny Chu of Sens & Tien Wong (Coming Soon), Part Two

    Chef Johnny Chu cooks up traditional Asian fare in the open kitchen at Sens Asian Sake & Tapas Bar, infusing life into downtown Phoenix with his own eclectic décor and sleek outdoor patio. Now, he's working double time to open the Valleys first authentic Asian hot pot/shabu-shabu restaurant called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Johnny Chu of Sens & Tien Wong (Coming Soon)

    Chef Johnny Chu is on double-duty: He's the chef/owner of Sens Asian Sake & Tapas Bar and the innovator bringing Asian hot-pot cooking to Chandler at the soon-to-be-launched Tien Wong. We catch Chu between gigs to talk travel, sake, and Asian markets. He lets us in on what a deep-fried fish with sca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Chef Johnny Chu Planning Chandler Hot Pot Spot

    ​After flirting with the idea for a few years, Sens chef-owner Johnny Chu is finally opening an authentic Asian hot pot/shabu-shabu restaurant, called Tien Wong. Never had this cuisine before? Imagine platters of raw ingredients that you dunk into a bubbling pot of broth until they' ... More >>