Canoga Park: Lunch at Oi Asian Fusion

eggrolls

eggrolls

 

Oi Asian Fusion just moved to Canoga Park from Reseda. I had been intrigued by reports the Asian comfort food spot was being called the “Chego of the Valley.”

We ordered egg rolls to start and I was delighted to find a plate of tiny egg rolls! They reminded me of lumpia, the Filipino egg roll. They were very crispy and a great appetizer to share among a group of 4. Between the two of us, we fought over (very politely) who was going to eat the last egg roll. This involves, “well, I already had three so it’s yours.” And then you’re secretly glad you got the last one.

The Filipino influence also shows up in the adobo and tapsilog dishes. The  menu also features kimchi mashed potatoes and a loco burger bowl.

bibimbap

bibimbap

 

I decided on the bibimbap bowl going for the healthy dose of veggies even though I really wanted the fried chicken. I did add shredded pork to this bowl making it more decadent than healthy. I can definitely see why people would compare Oi to Chego because of the rice bowls. But like Chego, there’s more to this place than just rice bowls. I would like to try the buns next time.

pork belly with umami gravy

pork belly with umami gravy

 

My best friend made a good choice with the pork belly bowl with umami gravy. The pork belly was perfectly seared and very tender. I did enjoy the sauce but wished for just a few more pickles to balance the bowl. Then again, I’m not a huge over-sauced person. Most people would want even more sauce.

I’m so happy I’m developing a list of Valley places to go now. There’s good Chinese, dumplings, pho and more!

Oi Asian Fusion

7242 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303 —  (818) 776-0282
 
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