Young Vin Express–El Paso, TX

Young Vin Express
11335 Montwood Dr.
El Paso, TX
(915) 525-2100

Young Vin was one of the oldest (if not the oldest) Korean restaurants in the city, but the original restaurant on Dyer Street no longer exists. In its place, though, is the recently opened Young Vin Express in far eastern El Paso. I only know of it through information on the Internet, but I believe this is an important development in El Paso’s restaurant scene. Rather than saying that one of the the city’s most well known restaurants is gone, I can instead say that it has merely adapted and moved to a location that is more convenient for a large segment of the city.

My review of Young Vin on the web site is available for viewing, and reflects my years of dining experience there. For most of these years I had no thought about reviewing the restaurant or trying to analyze the food–I simply went because I enjoyed it. My first experience with Korean food was at Young Vin, and I kept going back for more, as well as visiting the other Korean restaurants in the city.

As the review indicates, the Korean barbecue has always been the main draw of the restaurant. Over time I came to enjoy the side dishes as much or more, but in any case there was plenty to bring me to the restaurant.

I do not know how Young Vin Express is set up, but I am sure that much of the food remains the same. It sounds as if it is now a fast food restaurant, and would not provide the same experience of having an overabundance meat and side dishes to the point that they did not expect anyone to eat all of it. Still, with food this good, it would be difficult not to have a good experience with it even if the portions are smaller.

At Young Vin I always enjoyed the food, but my main issues were with questions such as what you got for your money. The Express restaurant seems to be informal and low priced, so I think this is a good way for people to try Korean food that may not be very familiar with it. In my opinion the barbecue beef is usually a good place to start in experiencing Korean cuisine, and the one here was never disappointing.

Cuisine: Korean
Cost: $$
Hours: Closed Sun

Filipino Fusion–Oklahoma City, OK

Filipino Fusion
Food Truck
Oklahoma City, OK

Status: Open as of Aug. 26, 2016

I am happy to report that the Filipino Fusion food truck is now open for business and receiving excellent reviews. It joins Chibugan Restaurant as places in the Oklahoma City metro where Filipino cuisine is available.

The Filipino Fusion Facebook Page lists the locations where the truck can be found. These include the following:

  • OU Children’s Hospital
  • Anthem Brewing–908 S.W. 4th St.
  • Mustang Brewing Company–520 N. Meridian Ave.
  • Cactus Jack’s (at the Family Fun Center)–1211 N. Council Rd.
  • The Patriarch–9 E. Edwards St. in Edmond

Some popular dishes include adobo, rice balls, lumpia, pancit, and desserts.

My previous Filipino Food Revisited blog post discusses the Filipino fusion food movement, and I will also list the various places in Oklahoma City that serve Filipino food.

Hatch Chiles at Crest (2016)–Oklahoma City, OK

This notice is being given to customers at Crest Grocery Store in Oklahoma City for Hatch chiles:

Hatch chiles

Hatch chiles available at Crest Grocery

Store 6 (highlighted in yellow) is the one at N. Rockwell and Hefner. For two stores it is already too late, but others will have them for sale either this week or next.

The Crest web site lists the following addresses for these stores:

No. 6 — 11120 N. Rockwell

No. 7 — 10601 S. May Ave.

No. 2 — 249 N. Douglas (Midwest City)

No. 4 — 1315 N. Eastern (Moore)

No. 5 — 4503 N.W. 23rd St.