Mall Food Court Turo-Turo: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Laguna Hills Mall's creepy upstairs food court (it's the only thing upstairs, and it's just plain dark and weird) has a lot of shuttered posts, but of the five places open, one had a long line: Pinoy Pam's Best, a Filipino steam-tray restaurant that could have been any of our local places (Manila Groove, Kapit Bahay, etc.).
I'd already eaten lunch, so I can't tell you whether the food was any good, but it certainly looked and smelled appetizing: a couple of types of pancit (stir-fried noodles that put lo mein to shame), fish in coconut milk, afritada, lechon kawali, chicken adobo, bitter melon, and a station for fried goods -- whole fish, lumpia Shanghai and turon (fried banana egg rolls). They were serving ube shakes made to order, as well. I asked some folks who were eating the food what they thought; they said it wasn't mom's cooking, but nothing is.
There are thousands of Filipino-Americans in Orange County; why are there not more Filipino food in malls to give the Japanese and Hawaiian steam-tray restaurants a run for their money?