Food News: Classic Asian Flavors Inspire Fresh Approaches At These Spots

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Izakaya Mikuni

New Japanese pub offers a little bit of everything.

The menu at Izakaya Mikuni, of course, features sake-friendly small plates: crunchy yaki onigiri, stir-fried gingko nuts, crispy-creamy avocado tempura. But Mikuni has a unique focus on udon, the chubby noodles served hot or cold and in a number of traditional and fusion-minded varieties. The restaurant also slices up a selection of sashimi. 7550 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, 714-752-6658

Anjappar

Modern South Indian restaurant is already one of O.C.’s best.

Anjappar’s Tustin branch marks the first foray into O.C. for this chain of casual South Indian restaurants. Naturally, there are more than a dozen types of crispy dosas and some truly impressive thalis, miniature feasts that might be one of the best ways to sample the menu. Owing to the restaurant’s Chettinad heritage, seafood is a specialty, too. 13882 Newport Ave., Tustin, 714-486-2116

Nourish

Health-conscious, Ayurvedic vegetarian meals highlight the flavors of India.

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian medicinal system that promotes whole-body healing through diet. The food at Nourish is thus rich in lentils and grains, hearty foods full of Indian flavor. The restaurant’s organic meals largely take the shape of combination plates, an array of vegetables, flatbreads, and grains meant to sustain. 1170 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714-617-4001

Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery

Noodle house expands into Santa Ana.

Born from Alhambra’s famed Borneo Kalimantan restaurant, Uncle Fung began in Long Beach and has since spread to Buena Park and now Santa Ana. It’s all about noodles here, be it the loaded laksa (a curry noodle soup with shrimp, fish cake, tofu, hard-boiled egg) or the Hokkien mee, egg noodles tossed with pork, mushrooms, chicken, fried shallots, and vegetables. 1702 N. Bristol St., Santa Ana, 657-294-7007

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