Monday, January 26, 2009

Phoenix (San Gabriel Valley)

(taro, warm coconut milk, and black rice)

It's getting chilly again in Los Angeles. The last time it felt like winter, I began frequenting a lil dessert shop called Phoenix where they sell hot, soupy desserts with bits of soft taro, red bean and an intriguing 'forbidden black rice' ($2.50). It's mildly sweet and soothes the tummy nicely after a greasy Chinese dinner. Frankly, I've turned into an addict. Dare I say, it's my new Pinkberry. Though I'll probably get flack from people who'll claim their Chinatown grandma makes better. Unfortunately, my grandma only bakes tofu pie, so soupy dessert is new territory for me.

Phoenix carries an arsenal of other Asian desserts including mango-soy custard, mochi balls, almond jello, milk tea -- each for only a couple dollars. When economic times calls for a strict tightening of the belt I'll be happy to do my part with these unassuming edibles.

31 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2388


712 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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EatTravelEat said...

These dessert soups are always extremely yummy! I've had this before and it was so thick, before serving they actually added some coconut milk to dilute it. Love these soups; and its not everyday that one gets a dessert soup different from red bean!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I just had this exact dessert last week when it was raining. Perfect weather for hot soups.

Pirikara said...

Thanks for visiting~~ Coconut milk does work really well. There's a Japanese red bean soup called o-shiruko but it's too thick and sweet for me. And yes! It's so good on rainy days.