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Vietnamese Food and Cooking

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    March 28, 2014

    Sushi Ken v. China Magic Noodle House: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    We caused a few waves last week with the second matchup in our Ultimate Battle of the Dishes ramen bracket, during which Tempe's Republic Ramen came out ahead over new kid on the block, Umami. Eventually, Republic will be facing off against Hana Japanese Eatery, which beat out Clever Koi for a spot ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Johnny Chu's RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen Turns Up The Spice in Sunnyslope

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The Clever Koi in Phoenix: New Lunch Menu, No Steamed Buns Till Dinner (Wah!)

    Since opening in December, The Clever Koi has quickly become a favorite spot for inventive modern Asian cuisine. We've rated the happy hour, given our first impressions, and reviewed the whole menu. And just this week, the restaurant introduced a lunch menu to the mix, with affordable -- if limite ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Chef Johnny Chu Opening Two New Restaurants in Phoenix

    The new year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Johnny Chu. The Hong Kong-born chef, along with wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, are planning to open not one, but two Asian-themed restaurants in midtown Phoenix by the end of February. The couple currently operates SoChu House in ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Thai Boat Noodle Soup Is the New Pho

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. For my last column of 2013, I'm sharing with you a secret. No, it's nothing terribly earth-shattering or lascivious, but it will add a ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    5 Gifts for the World Traveler

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the world traveler. We all have that friend who jumps from Vietnamese pho sh ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    October 24, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    New Gourmet Hot Dog Food Truck (Frank.) Hits the Streets in October

    Heads up, hot dog hounds: a new food truck loaded with gourmet franks and scratch-made sides will be hitting the Valley's streets in October. Courtesy of Adam Allison, executive chef at North Scottsdale's Skeptical Chymist, the hot dog truck, aptly called Frank. (for obvious ties to the tubular me ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    A Shawarma-Falafel Mash-Up at Schaefer's New Favorite Mediterranean Spot in Metro Phoenix

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. My favorite use of the word "falafel" comes from an unlikely source. In 2004, in the heat of the Presidential election, conservative ... More >>

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    August 3, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. Jeff Kraus' 5 Best T ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    And The Lay's Do Us A Flavor Winner Is...

    Remember when we taste-tested the Lay's Do Us A Flavor potato chips? Well, our vote went out for the Chicken and Waffles variety -- and not just because the mastermind behind the flavor, Christina Abu-Judom, hails from Phoenix. See also: - Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Taste Test: Sriracha, Cheesy Garli ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Taste Test: Sriracha, Cheesy Garlic Bread or Chicken & Waffles?

    Though one could argue that picnics and grilling are year-round activities for Phoenicians, the urge to grill is strongest in spring and summer. I don't know about you, but outdoor feasting isn't complete for me without a big bowl of chips. I normally circumvent the chip aisle at the grocery store ( ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Pallets, a Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese Restaurant, Opens on Roosevelt Row

    The once-vacant Canvas building, located on the northeast corner of Third and Roosevelt Streets in Phoenix, is showing some signs of life. See also: - Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday - Second Location of Essence Bakery Coming to Phoenix This Summer Last weekend, the se ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Phoenix Resident Who Submitted Chicken & Waffles as New Lay's Potato Chip Flavor Now Poised to Win One Million Bucks

    So the pope quit, President Obama said something last night, and the latest travel craze involves pooping into bags on a cruise ship. Now that the small stuff's taken care of, we can get onto what the world's really talking about: The three finalists in the Lay's potato chips "Do Us A Flavor" contes ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Butter Pecan and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Creams at Windsor/Churn

    What kind of restaurant has dessert so insanely good that it gets its own storefront? Windsor/Churn, that's what. It kind of feels like I'm cheating here because the whole premise of Dessert First is to test restaurants' final courses, but when breaking the rules tastes so sweet, who the hell cares? ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Seven Ways to Spice Up a Super-Cheap Meal with Sriracha

    See Also: Red Hot Sriracha Sauce Roundup When you're a poor college student, a broke recent grad, or if you just "accidentally" spent your paycheck on a new pair of Frye boots instead of buying actual adult food, your eating choices are limited -- food's expensive. Especially food that tastes good ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Ankimo, the Foie Gras of Japan, Gets a Modern Tweak at Hana

    See also: Hana's Lori Hashimoto Dishes on Brazilian Lobster, Magic Knives and Keeping It All in the Family See also: Round Two with Lori Hashimoto Food-istas like to say that ankimo -- the huge one-pound liver of the monkfish -- is the foie gras of Japan. After it's been marinated, steamed, and rol ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    Happy Weekend Chow Bella Friends! This weekend, we'll be pulling out our Hawaiian shirts, attempting to stay cool with vegan smoothies, and getting spicy with a batch of rooster sauce lollipops. Check out what's on our plate.

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    April 4, 2012

    Pei Wei Asian Market Is, in a Word, Inoffensive

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating and Win A Prize

    I absolutely adore this quaint Vietnamese restaurant off 7th Street because sometimes I want my bowl of Pho served with a classy cocktail and a smile. On my latest visit, I skipped the pho and went for the Ahi Tuna Salad. The melt-in-your-mouth seared tuna was accompanied by fresh avocado, carrots, ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Tea Light Cafe is Golden For Under $10

    An outsider's opinion will tell you that the most essential building block to good Vietnamese pho is in the broth, but the insiders tasked with assembling the traditional brew of steeped herbs and bone morrow will take it a step further. They'll tell you it's like the keystone to building a bridge - ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Spring Roll Showdown: Blue Moon Vietnamese Kitchen vs Da Vang

    ​We ate a spring roll. A summer roll. A fresh roll and a salad roll. Kinda sounds like a verse to a Vietnamese version of Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. Luckily for us all, those are just the many guises of fresh herbs, lettuce, and shrimp (or pork or beef) wrapped in rice paper. Any name you giv ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Rice Paper Fills a Niche, But Will Guests Pay the Price ($8 for a Banh Mi?)

    Bun Goi (Saigon Salad)​When I popped in for lunch the other day at Rice Paper, the new modern Vietnamese eatery in midtown Phoenix, I wasn't alone. Packed with downtown suits, Vietnamese locals, and a few hipsters, the chic little house-turned restaurant at 2221 North Seventh Street was bust ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Pho Filet Dac Biet at Pho Thanh

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. 51: Pho Filet Dac ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    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: Payton Curry's "Curry-ousity" Food Nerd Alert! Oxford English Dic ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Cambodian Grilled Beef Sandwich at Sekong By Night

    ​The day after CenPho's new Cambodian restaurant, Sekong By Night, opened, a couple of friends and I couldn't wait to try it. What we found was a surprisingly cute little spot done up with burgundy walls, Buddha art, and brocade tablecloths, with a dirt-cheap menu of tasty Cambodian dishes. T ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Ask the Critic: Where Can My Rock Band Eat Near Hollywood Alley?

    Where should these hardworking rock 'n rollers go to eat?​As the former New Times music editor, I was kinda tickled to check Twitter and see that a request for restaurant recommendations just came in from a touring Los Angeles indie rock band that's going to be in the Valley this Saturday. Th ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Pig's Blood Soup from Com Tam Thuan Kieu

    Erica O'Neil The offal-ly named pig blood soup at Com Tam Thuan Kieu. ​Despite what the supermarket aisles may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that d ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    CSM Cards, Beer and Wine Tastings, and Homemade Sriracha in Today's Eater's Digest.

    theenchantedcook.blogspot.com​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?CSM CardsShow your support for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and purchase a CSM card which are available in denominations of $50, $100, $250 and $500. Need a little encourageme ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Boba Juice Serves Tasty Vegetarian Vietnamese Eats

    ​In researching boba drinks for a blog post awhile back, a reader helpfully informed me that new Boba Juice on 19th Avenue (in the same strip as Da Vang, 4550 N. 19th Ave., north of Campbell), serves vegetarian Vietnamese food.Thanks, whomever-you-are!  I stopped by for a super-cheap, su ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    New in Tempe: Stan's Metro Deli

    ​How could Mill Avenue have gone so long without a Jewish deli? It boggles the mind that thousands of college students (and the rest of us) have been deprived of good pastrami sandwiches for years, at least in that hood.Well, tomorrow marks the soft opening of an old favorite from the last millenn ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    King Mekong

    East Valley ethnic center goes off

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    October 8, 2009
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    May 22, 2009

    Phoenix Phoodies: Cyclo

    Sloane BurwellJustina Duong welcomes you to Cyclo. Cyclo, a bright Vietnamese spot (www.cycloaz.com, 1919 W. Chandler Blvd, 480- 963-4490) in Chandler, delivers food with a fiery punch. This should come as no surprise, since the bistro's owner, Justina Duong, is one fiery number herself. Known for ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Two New Eateries Debut on Mill Avenue

    In the last week, two brand-new Tempe restaurants have opened in the spaces where restaurants shut their doors last month. Upstairs at 414 S. Mill, in the spot that formerly housed the Coconut Club, there's a new upscale lounge called Vintage Bar & Grill (480-297-2195), where they feat ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    What Kind of Foodie Were You at Age 12?

    By Michele Laudig Here's a cute New York Times story I couldn't resist sharing, about a 12-year-old who aspires to be a restaurant critic. This got me thinking about what kinds of random things in our childhoods lead us to where we are as adults. What were you doing at 12 that hinted at your futu ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    July 29, 2008
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    June 5, 2008
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    May 6, 2008
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    September 30, 2004
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    September 30, 2004

    BEST USE OF A PEANUT

    The Thai Dipping Sauce at Plaid Eatery

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    September 18, 2003
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    November 18, 1999
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    February 2, 1994
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