Enjoying Asian culture at local eateries

By Annette Vitkievicz

For authentic alternatives to Panda Express, skip flying
across the globe in favor of driving less than 10 miles from

Hop on the southbound 71 Freeway and travel about eight miles to
the Shoppes at Chino Hills, where modern Japanese restaurant RA
Sushi awaits.

While sushi prices are usually steep, RA offers full plates of
fish for half the price during itshappy hour. The restaurant’s
specialty dishes are discounted from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
through Saturday.

There’s no need to gamble on RA’s signature Viva Las Vegas rolls
because the elaborate dish is a guaranteed jackpot.

Drizzled with sweet eel sauce, topped with lotus root and filled
with kani kama crab meat, spicy tuna and cream cheese, this
tempura-style roll is a party on a plate. Slice its price from
$12.25 to $6.25 and you’ll have a taste of Vegas with money to

Continue your friendship with the happy hour menu and order a
plate of grilled short ribs, a bowl of edemame and a side of
lobster spring rolls to complete the meal.

For classic comfort food with few calories, try a bowl of
Vietnamese pho. The broth-based soup is served piping hot at VN
Cuisine in San Dimas.

At $5.95 per bowl, the soup’s large serving will fill you up
without emptying your wallet.For a fully Asian experience, travel
nine miles west from campus to Diamond Plaza in Rowland

Step into Cue Studio’s brightly-lit room to enjoy sugary
Japanese pop songs and choose a spot among a flood of multicolored
walk-in photo booths.

Each stall features different decor, backdrops and props to pose
with. Ranging from $5 for smaller areas to $10 for larger booths,
this activity is best experienced with a large group of friends to
split the cost.

Soak in Japanese culture as high-pitched voices instruct users
to smile for fast-paced flash photography. When the session is
finished, customize your photos via touch screen.

Stickered pictures will print out for a quintessential Japanese

Located directly downstairs of the studio, Genki Living serves
crepes with an Asian twist.

Unlike traditional soft French crepes, Genki’s oversized
Japanese-style desserts have a slightly sweet and crisp taste.

Customize your creation with fillings like green tea ice cream
or mochi. Crepes start at $3 and the shop is open until midnight on

Less than a mile from the plaza lays Lee’s Sandwiches, a 24-hour
Asian bakery and cafe. Lee’s $2.45 10-inch Vietnamese subs, or banh
mi, are popular and low priced.

Customers line up for the shop’s Vietnamese-style coffee, served
over generous amounts of crushed ice and blended with sweet
condensed milk. If caffeine isn’t your thing, select a smoothie
with adventurous flavors like Honeydew, avocado or durian

Neighboring restaurants also offer tasty Thai food, Chinese dim
sum and Korean barbeque to spice up cuisine.

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