SGV: Asian Fusion at Dip’s Grill

meat on a stick

There’s a friend I see every so often and she is a true foodie. All we talk about is food. Okay, maybe we talk a bit about dating too. It takes us a while to find a restaurant we can agree on. Lately, she’s been hanging out in the SGV and sent me a list of places she wanted to try. I rejected a lot of them. And she rejected a lot of my suggestions. We agreed though on Dip’s Grill.

The menu looked good, ostensibly Asian Fusion but I thought of it more as Vietnamese +. It was a little bit of everything. We decided to share some appetizers and I got a bowl of noodles because well, I’m in the SGV. I’m going to eat some noodles.

pork belly buns

But first we started with the skewers combo. There were veggies, chicken, sausages, shrimp, beef and curry beef. It was actually a lot of food. Maybe we should rethink this bowl of noodles.

The pork belly buns came with one slice of creamy pork belly and that’s about it. I thought it tasted good but I was dismayed by how skimpy it was. I like Take a Bao more.

rice patties

Next were the rice patties. They reminded me a bit of the Japanese onigiri but filled with warm fillings. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve had anything quite like this. The rice patties were stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushroom, shrimp and onions. They weren’t greasy to the touch and we did like them but after a while, we found them a bit dry. I guess you can’t have it both ways. But the sauce came to the rescue and all was well.

We had avoided all the fried stuff but I would have liked to have gotten the chicken wings or crispy egg rolls.

inside of the rice cake

I know it seems like a lot but I actually would have liked more stuffing.

bun bo // spicy beef noodles soup

 

I got the bun bo or the spicy beef noodles soup. I asked for it to be not very spicy and it was pretty spicy anyway. I suggest asking for more citrus to tone it down if it gets to be a bit too much. The funny thing is my friend liked the beef but I didn’t. And I loved the noodles but she didn’t. We did agree although spicy, we liked the broth.

Other things that caught my eye included the chicken curry, the shredded chicken with Hai Nam Rice (I was interested to see how is this different from Hainanese chicken) and as crazy as it sounds, the grilled spam and rice. It’s served with two fried eggs. It’s the ultimate Asian comfort food meal.

 

Dip’s Grill

1412 E Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91801  —  (626) 284-3477

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