A week before Christmas, I treated my friends to one of my favorite dinner joints for some rice bowls. My treat to them was in lieu of Christmas presents. I'm not good at shopping for presents but I figured out that I could treat my friends to a nice dinner while I opened the Christmas gifts they had for me. My friends told me they were really delighted to experience such good Chinese food. I am not even sure if this is Chinese food because I have a feeling that this is East Asian fusion food, or it can be Taiwanese style East Asian food. I don't know if the owners are Taiwanese or not, but this kind of rice bowl reminds me of the similar ones that I had when I visited Taiwan a couple years before. It also reminds me of the lunches I had when I was a kid. My mom cooks this way, which is stir fry of thinly sliced good quality meat with lots of fresh & crispy veggies, dressed with a very light sauce. I think most Asian home style stir fries are light (but deliciously seasoned) like this. The Chinese food in a lot of Americanized Chinese restaurants are too heavy and too drowned in either stuffy brown gravy, or the overly sticky and sour "sweet & sour" sauce.
I don't make this kind of stir fry at home because I don't have good knife skills to slice meat this thin and I don't like to load up on numerous type of veggies that I end up trashing because I can't use them up fast enough. Cooking for 1 to 2 people is a challenge when I like varieties in my rice bowl, 3 ingredients just don't cut for me. I would rather spend time in working over time than making stir fry at home because I can get a Spicy Miso Chicken Rice Bowl for only $8.25, which is much less than what would cost me if I spend the time to cook it myself. I also like the numerous kind of teas at this place. This time I ordered Thai Milk Tea ($3.00), which is not as sweet as the ones I got at the Thai restaurant, because this is somewhat a non-Thai lighter version.
I like both versions. This lighter version really complements my meal here because I feel really healthy after meantime. There is just this light, clean and comfortable feeling. So it all depends on whether I am craving for rich food or light clean food at the moment. But I find this light version of Thai tea very enjoyable.
Restaurant: Go Go Juice Café
Address: 1943 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA 90717
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