Sunday, May 16, 2010

Food Alert: LOO HOOS!! YUM!

My best friend recently put me in touch with Cindy Liu, founder, CEO and chef of LooHoo's Inc - Asian Comfort Food. Cindy's budding food company is based in Ventura County here in SoCal and my friend asked if I might be interested in helping spread the word about LooHoo's via my blogger friends. Cindy had the great idea to host a tasting party and taste we DID! I'm really thrilled to share my LooHoo's experience with you and I hope those of you who are locals will partake in her super yum food.

The evening started out with a specially created Mom Blogger's Lychee Martini. It was the perfect way to start off a night of stuffing our faces and socializing. Light, cold and slightly sweet - it went down almost a little too easily and made me wish I hadn't driven so I could have more. Sigh...

Next, Cindy went to work steaming up some amazing, handmade dumplings (or pot stickers). We had three varieties: The Veggie, LooHoo's Original (pork) and Cindy's own original recipe, The Mondu Twist (Korean style with kimchee)! The latter were my personal favorite. LooHoo's dumpling sauce is made from scratch and it's fresh and light, unlike so many Chinese dumpling sauces which can lean toward the syrupy side.

Then, onto the noodles! We were treated to two entree noodle dishes:

Summer Cold Noodle Salad which was made with yaki soba noodles
Spicy Thai Red Curry Noodles which can be made with good old spaghetti noodles!

Both noodle dishes were delicious and so easy to make. Also the kind of meals that are affordable and crowd pleasing for people with kids. Cindy paired the noodles with a chilled riesling and it was a perfect combo for a springtime, outdoor deck dinner.

Of course we wrapped up the evening with something sweet. Now, I was not raised in an Asian household and I have to admit, I don't care for most Asian desserts. The idea of eating red beans as a sweet still doesn't do it for me. But I was really happy when Cindy announced she had made a coconut sticky rice and mango for dessert. I've had this in Thai restaurants before and it really is yummy.

Some of the other women were saying it seemed weird to eat rice for dessert, but somehow, it got all gobbled up! I don't like mango by itself, but there's something about the total combination of mango, sticky rice and sweet coconut sauce that is to die for. If you've never tried this dessert, you're missing out and LooHoo's is the best I've ever had.

Aside from the obvious factors of the food being delicious and freshly made for us, there are some company facts that make me love Loo Hoo's even more. LooHoo's is committed to using premium ingredients and supports the local economy by engaging in sustainable and scalable business practices. Now who doesn't dig THAT?!

The tasting party was a great success and so much fun. My only regret is that I didn't wear my Pajama Jeans so I could eat more. I know we can't all be as lucky as the small group of bloggers who got to be there for this exclusive get together, but the good news is LooHoo's caters and will customize a menu that is perfect for your special occasion. The easiest way to find Cindy and her delicious LooHoo's cuisine each week is at the farmer's market:

Every Thursday 1:30-6:30pm:
At The Oaks Mall

Every Sunday 8am-noon:
Valencia, Santa Clarita

Eventually, Cindy would like LooHoo's to be in grocery stores! With her can-do attitude, her great business background and most importantly, delicious creations, it won't be long before you can take LooHoo's home right from the grocer's freezer or refrigerated section. Let's support LooHoo's to help make this dream a reality for Cindy.

Until then, I'll see you at the farmer's market and on LooHoo's Facebook fan page. Happy eating and THANK YOU Cindy Liu of LooHoo's!


  1. I got hungry just reading this. That was so much fun and so delicious! =0)

  2. Cindy Lou Who, who was not more than two. Great play on the Dr. Seuss character's name. I'll have to try local restaurants in this vein.

    We have a rice dessert dish at times. Sweet.

    Kevin Measimer