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Pei Wei Asian Diner 

Outstanding fried rice bowls at Pei Wei!  Probably my favorite thing to order here, especially with beef.  Even the small size is a generous amount of food.  I always feel like laying down afterwards. 


Iron Wok

Outstanding house special fried rice at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding Mongolian Beef at Pei Wei!  Almost as good as their big brother, PF Chang. 

Pei Wei Asian Diner

This Korean spicy bowl thing with steak at Pei Wei was remarkably good!!

Iron Wok 

A very tasty Mongolian beef lunch special from Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo.  A bit heavy on the onions, that I can tell you!

Frozen Egg Rolls 

I recently tried some P.F. Chang’s frozen egg rolls from my grocers freezer.  They were outstanding!  Crispy, flavorful, etc.  Kind of small, but tasted like restaurant quality.  These were made with dark meat chicken, cabbage and carrots.  Also included a signature sauce packet.  Whatever that means.  If you ever run across these in the store, I highly recommend them. 

Pei Wei Asian Diner

My favorite dish at Pei Wei are their outstanding fried rice bowls!  I could eat these everyday.  Particularly with the beef.  Definitely on par with their big brother, PF Chang.  Also shown here are their amazing Crab Wontons.  Crispy handcrafted dumplings filled with crab, cream cheese, red bell peppers and scallions served on a bed of tasty sweet chile sauce. 

Jack in the Box

These fast food egg rolls from Jack in the Box are outstanding!!  Better than some Chinese restaurants I’ve been to, dare I say.  Big, thick, hot & crispy!


Dinner recently at Amerient Restaurant (Country Cooking & Oriental Cuisine). I ordered Mongolian Beef ($10.25). Beef stir fried with green onion, sweet onion and bamboo shoots in a spicy sauce, served with a side of rice.  I haven’t had this dish at too many places (PF Chang’s a fave) so I don’t have a lot to compare to. At Amerient it comes out with a very liberal amount of wok fired thinly sliced, tender beef. No oral extractions or byproduct to deal with. I was impressed for Chinese food in Ramona. Not overly sauced out like some Americanized Chinese dishes. The menu notes it as a spicy dish but it really wasn’t. I had to add a few squirts of Sriracha to round it all out. 

This was one of the better meals I’ve had at Amerient. Certainly better than the Kung Pao Chicken I had a while back. Would go back for more but I might omit the bamboo shoots next time.

Still one of the best egg drop soups I’ve had, even with the Hello Kitty soy sauce…

Iron Wok

Outstanding teriyaki beef bowl at Iron Wok!

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