The Korean-Chinese noodle chain Paik’s Noodle has opened an outlet inside Zion Market in Irvine. Like its location in Buena Park and Fullerton, jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and jajangmyeon (soybean noodle) are on the menu. 4800 Irvine Blvd, Ste 102, Irvine, CA 92620
The first Orange County location of Shabuya, the popular all-you-can-eat shabu shabu chain, will have its grand opening Wednesday in Fountain Valley. Shabuya’s other stores include Los Angeles, La Mirada, and West Covina. 18279 Brookhurst St., Unit 8-9 Fountain Valley, CA 92708
A new sandwich and salad shop from Maui called Fork & Salad has opened in Orange. A beet and goat cheese salad and an ahi tuna melt are offered. 240 W Chapman Ave, Ste 102, Orange, CA 92866
Pierre Sandwich & Bakery is the newest French-Vietnamese bakery to open in Tustin. Banh mis are served as well as croissant sandwiches, cakes, and French pastries. 13812 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
The Vietnamese chain Phans 55 has opened a stall at Pacific City in Huntington Beach. It’s the fourth location in OC. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific City, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.