Friday, May 7, 2010

Loo Hoo's Asian Comfort Food

I love Asian food, especially if it's home-made, so when I was invited to attend Loo Hoo's tasting party at the home of creator and chef Cindy Liu I had to say "YES!"

Cindy's idea of comfort food consists of dumplings, noodles and hearty soups- the stuff she grew up on. Her father was a chef who owned and operated restaurants so I can see how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Over the years, she has created her own dishes along with learning family recipes and enjoyed cooking as a passion but never as a profession...until now.

Our dinner started off with lychee martinis which were very refreshing. I am not much of a cocktail person but it was just sweet enough and had the perfect amount of vodka which game me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Yummmm!

Served in my "sexy" glass.

Feeling very "Sex and the City" with my cocktail

For appetizers we had vegetarian and pork dumplings with some "magic" sauce. I call it magic because if you put this sauce on anything it would be DEE-licious!

The sauce.

After the carnage.

After the appetizers she brought out a fresh cold-noodle salad with chicken and fresh crisp vegetables.

As if the first serving of dumplings weren't enough, she made us her specialty recipe which was kimchi pork dumplings. I have never even heard of such a dish and that's because it's Loo Hoo's own original creation. I just want to say that dumplings plus kimchi equals a party in my tummy. (No photo available, it was so good they flew right off the serving plate.)

My favorite dish had to be the Thai Red-Curry noodles. It had a generous portion of chicken and crunchy vegetables tossed in a delicious creamy sauce that was to die for! It took everything inside me to keep from finger-licking the sauce off my plate. Yeah, was THAT good!

The meal ended on a perfect note with mango and sticky rice drizzled with coconut sauce. I know, rice for dessert?! It might sound crazy but it's actually delicious!!!

It isn't an Asian party unless you have a to-go container when you leave. Sure enough, she gave us plenty to take home and share with our families.

Loo Hoo's makes their food with simple and premium ingredients. They source from local farmers and producers to ensure fresh, high quality ingredients while keeping price and value in balance.

You're probably wondering how can "I" sample some of this delicious Asian comfort food?! You can check them out every week at the Thousand Oaks Farmer's Market on Thursdays and College of the Canyons on Sundays. If you are interested in catering you can check out their themed menu for your next event.

Thank you to Cindy Liu for being the hostess with the mostest!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you got to meet my friend Cindy! Isn't she great? Such a foodie goddess.