Canoga Park: Lunch at Oi Asian Fusion
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.
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.
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.