Friday, February 19, 2010

Tasty Garden and Fosselman's

Periodically, someone will tell me that the place for Chinese food is Alhambra. I then Google Map "Alhambra," see how far away it is from me and then go, "Ohhhhh, that's why I've never been there." Recently, however, I decided to make the trek (an hour in gridlocked traffic that made me want to kill myself) in search of some delicious Chinese food and to catch up with some friends at Tasty Garden.

I had heard that, despite Tasty Garden's pretty ample seating, there is usually a wait, which I took as a good sign. Arriving at 8 PM on a Friday night, we waited for around 15 minutes for a table for four, which I thought was very reasonable. Plus, we had the picture-filled menu to keep us occupied while we waited.

Tasty Garden

As a side note, if you've never ordered "family style" at a Chinese restaurant, I highly recommend it. Because Chinese dishes aren't served with sides and usually come in large portions, it's a great idea for everyone to order one thing and then share with the table. Everyone's tummy wins!

J and Anthony started with the Won Ton Soup. Expecting a tiny bowl of soup with a couple of crispy won tons thrown in, I thought that the $5.50 price tag was a little steep. Little did I know that the soup was served in a huge ramen bowl and was more than enough for two. Tasty Garden also does one better than crispy, calorie-but-not-nutrition laden wontons and adds dumplings to their soup. These were awesome! They tasted like a combination of shrimp and pork, and I had to stop myself from filling up on soup before the rest of the food came.

Won Ton Soup @ Tasty Garden

Anthony ordered spicy fried chicken wings. I'm not a huge fan of fried chicken, but these had a thin layer of delightfully crispy and flavorful skin and tender meat. They also weren't too, too spicy.

Fried Chicken Wings @ Tasty Garden

Jamie ordered the Honey Ginger Chicken Hotpot. The chicken had a great sweet flavor, and there was more than enough chicken for four people to share. My only complaint is that there were bones in every piece of chicken (which were small pieces) and, at some point, I stopped eating them because I was tired of having to nibble around the bones.

Ginger Honey Chicken Hotpot @

I ordered the Honey Walnut Shrimp, which I'd heard was awesome and was the reason I not-so-arbitrarily chose Tasty Garden out of all the other Chinese restaurants in Alhambra. This dish was exactly what I wanted. It had a nice, thick layer of crunch on the outside and a generous covering of the mayo sauce. NOM!

Honey Walnut Shrimp @ Tasty Garden

J ordered the Beef Chow Fun, which was also delicious. I was glad that the dish was liberal with the amount of beef included! You can also get the dish with gravy, but I'd advise against it. The chow fun has enough flavor already.

Beef Chow Fun @ Tasty Garden

Tasty Garden delivered exactly what I wanted--delicious Chinese food that tasted like the food I grew up with. Mission accomplished.

At some point after our meal, while the four of us were sitting around letting our food settle, we realized, "Isn't Fosselman's nearby?" Dessert time!

Fosselman's is an old-fashioned ice cream shop that makes all of its own ice cream and sorbet...alllll 40-something flavors.



As you can see, they have a pretty extensive (and delicious) list of ice cream flavors.


I ordered chocolate-covered strawberry. YUM! The chocolate chips were teeny tiny, like those in Baskin Robbins's mint chocolate chip ice cream. The strawberry base was also awesome.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry @ Fosselman's

J ordered taro, which tastes a little coconut-y and is, basically, mind-blowing. For those of you unfamiliar with taro, it is a plant grown as a root vegetable that is used to make the Hawaiian dish poi. Fosselman's also makes ube (purple yam) ice cream, which tastes suspiciously like the taro but whatever. It's good. Order it (or, well, either one, I guess).

Taro Ice Cream @ Fosselman's

I'm not sure exactly what the prices were, but my cone and J's cup together cost $5. Not too shabby...

Anthony ate his scoop of Cookies n Cream before I could snap a pic and Jamie ordered... vanilla. Wah Wah.

If you like delicious ice cream, then I highly recommend that you visit Fosselman's and try one of their amazing, unique flavors. (Don't be like Jamie ;) ).

Tasty Garden
288 W. Valley Blvd, Suite 110
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8262

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Fosselman's Ice Cream
1824 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-6533

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