Hello Rolling Skies Kitchen!

Hello Rolling Skies Kitchen!

The “ber” months are in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. This means it’s starting to become sweater weather and I’m definitely craving soups more. I’m so happy to say that I may have just found my new go to spot for hot pot soup via Rolling Skies Kitchen. Located in Redondo Beach; is this new takeout only spot specializing in Malatang Hot Pot.

For those unfamiliar with Malatang; it is a popular street food in China and is known as a spicy hot pot. Here at Rolling Skies Kitchen one can customize their Malatang Hot Pot. They’ve got five different bases (classic bone broth, tangy tomato, spicy red chili, creamy Tom yum and land dried). One can choose their spice level (mild, medium or spicy) and up to 3 proteins (choice of lamb, beef, chicken, pork belly, fish fillet, spam, meatballs, fish balls with roe, fish cake, combo meatballs with imitation crab and quail eggs.) There are also options to add more protein or veggies.

Aside from hot pot; Rolling Skies offers fried rice, noodles, snacks, desserts and handcrafted drinks!

For my first visit here I chose to get the Classic Bone Broth Malatang Hot Pot with chicken, beef and quail eggs. I also got a side of popcorn chicken.

I was super impressed with the Classic Bone Broth Malatang. The hot pot was packed with ingredients and flavor. The meats were tender and the veggies were well cooked. It was so savory and tasty. It’s definitely perfect for chilly nights but I would eat this in any type of weather because it so good!

The Popcorn Chicken was also quite tasty! I loved the popcorn chicken. Tasty batter and tender chicken for the win. My only regret was not getting one of their handcrafted bobas to pair with this snack.

I am a fan of Rolling Skies Kitchen and am excited to see them open up in the South Bay! I definitely want to visit this place again and looking forward to trying the other hot pot soups and other offerings.

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Hello Mindi’s Kitchen!

Hello Mindi’s Kitchen!

Jia Ba Bue?

Have you eaten?

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If not, then why not have a meal at Mindi’s Kitchen. Mindi’s Kitchen is a newly opened Taiwanese restaurant in Torrance, California.  It is located in the same plaza that houses 85 Degrees C and Max Karaoke. (Not a bad location at all because you can get yummy Taiwanese food, then go happily belt out a few tunes next door). 😉

Taiwan was once voted by CNN readers as the best food destination in the world and the city of Taipei is said to have 20 streets dedicated to food. For us folks who aren’t traveling to Taiwan soon however, Mindi’s Kitchen has a nice selection of dishes that will show you what Taiwanese food is all about.

They serve their food here Bento style. The Bentos are served with sides, soup and rice. For the main entrees, they have pork belly (deep-fried or regular) Taiwanese sausage, pork chop, fried chicken filet, 5 spice minced pork, cha-cha BBQ beef, Chia-Yi shredded chicken and popcorn chicken.

When I saw popcorn chicken as one of their offerings, I knew I had to try this bento! Popcorn chicken is one of my favorite Taiwanese dishes.

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Mindi’s Kitchen’s popcorn chicken bento came with lots of tender and crispy popcorn chicken pieces! It was accompanied with scrambled egg, tofu and veggies. Popcorn chicken is normally a snack but I love how Mindi’s Kitchen made this into a full meal!

Though newly opened and with a full menu, Mindi’s Kitchen is already looking at adding more items to their menu. Coming soon will be Mindi’s Lion-Head Meatball Bento. I’ve heard this is a favorite of owner Mindi’s father in law and now she is going to share this with all of us. Although it’s not quite yet on their menu, I was able to get a chance to try it when I visited.

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Mindi’s Lion-Head Meatball consisted of two very large pork meatballs. They were over 6cm in diameter. They were not only huge in size but huge in taste as well. I loved the overall tenderness and the oozing flavor. These meatballs were great with the accompanying veggies! I can’t wait to see this rawring its way permanently onto the menu.

Jia Ba Bue? If not, then what are you waiting for! Mindi’s Kitchen is open and ready to serve you Taiwanese food that is sure to make you smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Mindi’s Kitchen!