Today was a rough day. No, not the kids. They were fine. It wasn’t any of my co-workers either. They are awesome. It certainly wasn’t my boss, because he is great too. It was an outside source that was the cause of my grief. And no, it wasn’t my ex boo for once. It was someone that was meant to help out the cause that I so strongly believe in (education), and they ended up just turning back on their word.
So, as I’m drying my tears after work, I checked Twitter and saw that my brother Hsiawen had tweeted me a picture of ramen being served somewhere in the SCV. Remember the whole “they sell Ramen at Kabuki and Hsiawen didn’t tell me” post a week or so back? Well, apparently he saw “ramen” at this place, and in order to be safe, he let me know. Thanks!
The weird thing is…he didn’t tell me the name of the place, but I figured it out based solely on the picture, which wasn’t that obvious. So, how was I able to figure it out? Well, back when I was an undergrad, Pei Wei was one of my weekly dinner stops on the way home from school. I still went there after graduation, but not as often. In fact, I was last there in May, 2008. How do I know this? I checked my review on Yelp.
I was drawn to Pei Wei because I am somewhat picky when it comes to food and some places are not as nice about making changes to how they prepare their food. Especially chains. However, Pei Wei never gave me a second glance when I wanted to order a beef teriaki bowl, no vegetables, white rice. That was my usual. A big red bowl of rice with meat. Awesome.
When I got to Pei Wei today, I noticed that the menus have changed. They are all fancy and electronic now. And that is when I saw the advertisement for Japanese Chile Beef Ramen. Here is an iPhone photo. It didn’t look like ramen. Where was the broth? I saw the noodles though. And did “chile” mean it was spicy?
When I approached the counter, I asked if it could be made without chiles, and the kind man working said yes, but that the dish would be a little spicy anyway. Total turnoff! So, I went with my usual, that I hadn’t eaten in over a year! Teriyaki bowl, no vegetables, white rice. And that is when he asked me if this was my first visit to Pei Wei…oh the IRONY! And then I was talked into a Pei Wei loyalty card where you collect points or something? Sure, why not. Then he proceeded to inform me that they had all new owners and staff working. Yeah that was obvious! I didn’t recognize anyone working. Oh, and the place was really CLEAN! Nice improvement! Before, the service was never their strongpoint. Just saying…
I like to order these. They aren’t even that good, but for whatever reason I always end up eating them…I don’t even like cream cheese! WTF!
And here is my usual. Maybe I’m wrong…but I remember the meat to rice ratio being much greater. Regardless, it still tasted the same.
And here is a picture of the Japanese Chile Beef Ramen which I did not order. I tried it though. Honestly? It wasn’t that spicy. I mean yeah, it was spicy…but not like burning hot. Having said that, it certainly was not the comforting bowl of brothy light ramen that I constantly crave. I’ll keep going back to Kabuki when I want ramen without leaving the SCV.
What meal at Pei Wei would be complete without a fortune cookie? I wondered if my fortune would be relevant to the mood I was in…
It actually made me smile when I read it…and it gave me hope that I can still be successful and inspire my kids, even when others turn their back on them…
Use your abilities at this time to stay focused on your goal. You will succeed.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
24250 Valencia Blvd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-5391