Author: Elaine Yang

BVO Eats! – Oke Poke

Soaring temperatures no longer mean consuming the same uninspiring salads. Oke Poke (3277 Grand Ave. Suite L, Chino Hills, CA) offers fun and delicious poke bowls that are sure to cool you down this summer. 

Per Oke Poke’s website, “poke is a raw fish based dish that originates from the islands of Hawaii.” Think bite-sized sashimi with Japanese toppings over rice or salad and drizzled in sweet and spicy sauces.

Not a fan of raw fish? Give poke a try, and you might just change your mind. Still not ready to take the leap? They also serve shrimp and baby scallops that you may select in lieu of the raw fish. 

Try one of their bowls or customize your own. We love getting creative with making our own. There is a variety of bases, toppings, fishes, and sauces to choose from, which make each experience fun and unique. 

Spotlight Dish:  Make Your Own: Salmon, Spicy Tuna, and Albacore Bowl

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BVO Tip:  Don’t be afraid to mix the sauces. We love experimenting with various combinations to give each bowl an unique taste. Our current favorite is Oke Sesame, Oke Sauce, with a bit of Heat.


About BVO Eats! — Every month, BVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?

BVO Eats! – Young Dong Tofu

Flavorful. Spicy. Comforting. Young Dong Tofu (3233 Grand Ave., Chino Hills, CA) is a no-brainer when we want authentic Korean food. 

They are known for their flavorful tofu soups, which can be made at various spice levels. Kimchi, oyster, beef, seafood, and mushroom are some of the soup flavors available. Each soup is accompanied with rice in a stone bowl. We love scraping off each grain of rice off the sides of the stone bowl — the crispy texture of the rice adds a new dimension to the dish.

Not in the mood for tofu soup? We also love the meat here — think, BBQ beef ribs, spicy pork, and spicy chicken (yum!). These come served on a sizzling platter and the marinade for each is spot on.

Have an appetite? Get a combo at Young Dong Tofu, like we did!

Spotlight Dish:  Tofu Soup (oyster, mild) and BBQ beef Combo
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BVO Tip:  Ask for refills of the “banchan” aka the cold side dishes — they’re free! We can’t get enough of these refreshing side dishes, which perfectly compliment any meat or spicy tofu soup. 


About BVO Eats! — Every month, BVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?

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BVO Eats! – Our Review of The Boiler Chino Hills!

Every once in a while, we come across a restaurant that transports us to another world. The Boiler Chino Hills (4665 Chino Hills Pkwy, Unit I, Chino Hills, CA) is that such restaurant. 

Their pan roast, gumbo, jambalaya, and étouffée instantly transport us to Louisiana. Best of all, our favorite comfort foods can be enjoyed in The Boiler Chino Hills, humidity-free.

The Broiler is known for their steam kettle cooking. Their signature dishes are cooked in individual jacketed steam kettles and are served piping hot with a scoop of white rice. We recommend sitting at the counter for a front row view of the action. Dinner portions can be shared by two (i.e. one normal-sized human and one very small human), but we doubt you will want to. We are also huge fans of their calamari, which is nice and meaty.

The menu expands on that of Las Vegas’ Oyster Bar. We love that Vegas-worthy restaurants are now here in our community, and the 1000+ Yelp reviewers of The Boiler Chino Hills seem to also agree.

Spotlight Dish:  House Pan Roast

 

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BVO Tip:  When choosing the heat level of your steam kettle dish, opt for a higher heat level for cream-based dishes (i.e. House Pan Roast) than you would for roux-based dishes. Cream will reduce the spice level of the dish. 


About BVO Eats! — Every month, BVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?

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BVO Eats! – Wähfles

Easing off the chocolate and candies we consumed in February has been difficult. If you are like us and are still craving something sweet this month, we recommend heading to Wähfles Desserts & Coffee (5751 Pine Ave, Chino Hills, CA). We won’t judge — we promise.
 
Wähfles aren’t just for desserts though. Its savory sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches, also center around its star, the waffle. Don’t like their sweet or savory options? No problem — you can build your own masterpiece! At only $4.25 for a generous half-sized dessert (or $6.45 for a full-sized sandwich), you can pile on all the items you love. The waffle will hold all the toppings your heart desires without getting soggy. So, get crazy and get creative!
 
Spotlight Dish:  The BVO Wähfle (our creation)
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The house wähfle (half size) with nutella, strawberries, bananas, almonds, and honey. We went a slightly healthier route, but this was equally satisfying. Crème Brûlée Wähfle and Salted Ganache Wähfle we will be back for you!
 
BVO Tip:  Bring your student ID (or bring a student with one) for 10% off.

About BVO Eats! — Every month, BVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?

BVO Eats! – Ojiya

Here at BVO, we are huge fans of Japanese cuisine so we are especially excited to share our experience at Ojiya Chino Hills (4183 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA) for the first post of BVO Eats!

Sashimi, sushi, bento boxes, broiled fish, and soups — don’t let the long wait deter you because this restaurant has it all. We are still drooling over the Kaisen Zousui (rice porridge with salmon roe and crab), our spotlight dish. The “porridge” has the consistency of soup, but once we tasted the broth, we had no complaints. There are generous portions of crab which adds a mild sweetness to the soup, and it was the perfect compliment to our sushi. This dish can easily be shared by two, but be warned that you will be fighting over the last few drops! To summarize, Ojiya Chino Hills was awesome! 

Spotlight Dish:  Kaisen Zousui

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BVO Tip:  Make sure to go early to avoid the crowds. The wait for the sushi bar is generally shorter, but the menu selection will be limited (you can order the Kaisen Zousui though).


About BVO Eats! — Every month, BVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?