At the end of the night, I am just amazed that I have not killed anyone. But, I survived. WE survived.
Of course, I wasn’t able to take out my own father on Father’s Day Sunday. I took him out the following Monday. Dad typically does not like to venture out of Korean food, with a few exceptions of certain things.
I thought about going to Yoko, which is known for their katsu. It’s one of the places around town that I’d go for katsu if I was craving it. The weather was still SCORCHING that Monday and there was no way I was going to go to a restaurant that had no AC. I can’t stand cheap business owners that refuse to turn on the AC when scorching-feels-like-you’re-in-the-oven weather. I’ve lost my appetite at some of those. So we called to make sure they had the AC blasting that day. Their response was that they do have AC, but it broke, then they got it fixed, and it’s not coming on as cool or whatever. Sooo….NEXT~
It took me some time and to decide on a place to take my dad…and my mom, of course…since whereever he goes, she goes. And with my brothers and the rest of the family, they had already done their own things (without me) on Father’s Day Sunday. So anyways, after the phone call, I had to search for another place to take my parents. We were getting hungry.
I was Yelping through nearby places. I did not want to go to the usual KBBQ places that we (family) always go to when eating out. But since my parents are not adventurous foodies (like me) and would not be willing to explore into new territory, I wanted to try to find something that’d satiate my meat loving dad while not straying away too much from Korean or Asian-ish flavors.
I continued searching when my mom interrupted me. “Let’s just go eat jjajangmyun,” she blatantly decided. If only life were that simple for me too lol. There I was, putting thought and time into picking out a place that would meet all the requirements of what I was searching for, -budget friendly, full blasting AC, tasty but nothing too unfamiliar from Korean or Asian-ish flavors so that my parents’ palates don’t get overwhelmed, close in proximity (nothing too far from around the OC area since traveling over five miles just for food is insane to my parents), and so on. But my mom just blurted out from the top of her head, “jjajangmyun”.
“Your dad likes Korean-Chinese. Let’s just go there. Hurry,”
Feeling defeated, I obliged. Korean-Chinese did not sound bad. And by then, I was too hungry to continue searching. So Korean-Chinese it was. We went to Hsiang Yuen, one of our usual spots for Korean-Chinese. You can read my Yelp review of the place from way back when.
Sometimes, it feels weird not to snap before eating. But at places I have already snapped a few dozen or so pictures at already, I sometimes don’t get the urge to eat with the iPhone camera first. When having some of the things you have already snapped plenty of pictures of at your usual spots, do you guys still find yourself needing to snap away at the same dish again each time? Or does the novelty of it wear off? Or is it just me? It is a weird comforting feeling. It has become second nature to snap before eating. So being able to just enjoy the food without the few seconds of photo sessions is almost liberating.
I mean, I snap way at the food because I like to, no matter how hideous my pictures may be at times. But once in a while, it’s nice to let your fellow diners eat before the necessary photo sessions and to eat food as soon as it comes out. Here is one of the many pictures of the food that I had taken here if you’re curious.
Kung Pao Chicken lunch special is one of the usual things that I order here (as shown in the picture in the link above, from another visit). That is what I ordered during this last visit with my parents. My mom got Jjajangmyun and my dad got the Fried Shrimp with hot garlic sauce, also a lunch special.