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Cheu Noodle Bar

I don’t often end up going to new and cool restaurants right after they open, but it just kinda happened that way with Cheu Noodle Bar. It was a last minute decision that ended up working out. On the Saturday night of their first week, we happened to be in the neighborhood so we thought we’d give it a shot. They said it would be about a 45 minute wait for a 2-top, but it actually ended up 30 minutes. It’s pretty small on the inside, with one long bar, behind which all the cooking is done, and a fairly small number of tables. The menu is also fairly small, which I like! 
Instead of complimentary bread or peanuts or shrimp chips or whatever, they crush a package of shin ramyun into a bowl so you can snack on the uncooked noodles that are now covered with the flavor packet powder. It’s delicious! But shin ramyun is spicy, so be careful! That big red piece almost killed me!
I’d read that the bbq rice cakes were a must order, so we definitely got those. Oh my word. I could eat these all day, every day! The term rice cakes may scare some people off, but they are the kind of chewy rice-based asian rice cakes, not the crunchy diet snack food. As a korean, I call these ddeok, and I freakin love ddeok, in all forms. And these were amazing! The rice cake pieces seemed a bit caramelized so they were crispity on the outside and chewy and hot on the inside. They’re sweet and savory and just amazing. I just wish that there were more in a portion! It seemed so tiny and they were gone so soon and it made me sad! :-(
M got the ramen which had a thick and porky broth with hunks of melty pork belly. 
I got the brisket noodle which came with a giant matzo ball and brussels sprouts in a spicy broth. This was so good! The broth is slightly spicy and a little bit sour, which is right up my alley. There were several thick pieces of brisket and oh boy, the matzo totally filled my belly! Cheu was so much fun. They just added some new items to the menu so we’ll definitely go back! Service was good and friendly and the food came out fairly fast!
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Yuki Sushi

You all know that whenever it’s up to my mom to pick a restaurant, it’ll b sushi. Hands down. Bar none. No questions asked. This is how I’ve ended up visiting many of the countless sushi joints in the Philadelphia burbs. One of them is Yuki Sushi, in Newtown Square. In a random strip mall, it was originally a thai joint, but no longer! Now it’s a sushi joint!
Green salad with ginger dressing… ubiquitous to sushi spots and one of my most preferred salads. This was well done. Look at the fancy cucumber slices!
My mom’s sushi regular, her go-to dish at any sushi joint. It was supposed to be 7 pieces of assorted sushi, but two of them are the same tuna. A perfectly respectable plate of raw fish.
I got the tempura udon. While the tempura bit was fine, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the udon. The bowl was very small and the broth was bland! You should just get more, physically and figuratively, for $14. I’ve had better, I’ve had worse. If you have a hankering and you live close by, it’s certainly an option!
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Sushi Dake – Burbank

I had a business trip to southern california and stayed in the Burbank area. This area isn’t necessarily a mecca for awesome food (unless you’re talking about In-N-Out Burger!). Before meeting up with a friend to hike in Griffith Park, I stopped at a random sushi spot for a quick bite. Except when I got there, it wasn’t opened yet. What am I, a thousand years old, getting there for the early bird special? I putzed around CVS for awhile, until they opened, then became the lone diner there. It’s a little spot in an extremely nondescript stripmall. I started with the cucumber sunomono because I love me some cucumbers, and wanted something zingy. I devoured this instantly.
I even got sushi this time! I ended up getting the udon sushi, which is udon along with 4 pieces of mystery sushi. You can’t pick what you get, so it’s pretty much sushi chef’s choice. I loved every piece. Aside from the obvious salmon and tuna, I had no idea what the other two pieces were. But one came with a dollop of sriracha and the other had a sesame/soy based sauce on top. They were all fresh and delicious. 
I pretty much always get udon when I can, and I also got it here. But this time, it was really a necessity as it was pretty damn cold in LA! I expected warmth and sun, but instead, I got cold and clouds. So the soup did a good job of filling my belly and warming me up. Since I was literally the only diner there, service was quite attentive. I enjoyed my meal and then had a lovely hike.
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