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Had the pleasure of eating at the East Village Asian Diner over in Encinitas, CA while I was there setting up our vacation home. In a sheer overload of restaurants that line the streets up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, this gem of a restaurant was just a random pick when we wanted some “Chinese food” and were hungry on Friday night.
The place has a few appetizers and the potstickers were chosen and were delicious. The place is family friendly and has 4 LCD televisions 2 of which had some Kung-Fu movie and the other 2 had Ponyo playing for the kids while we were there.
You can find Teriyaki items, Kung Pao, Manchu Tofu but the highlight of the place is their Monk Stone Pots which are a collection of ingredients served in a stone pot that is blisteringly hot and continues to cook the items while it is served to you on the table.
I ordered the Salmon Monk Stone Pot and the bowl came out piping hot with the rice still frying on the bottom of the pot and sizzling while it was served to me. The chunks of salmon and fried egg in the pot were just some of the winning ingredients. They also have a house spicy sauce which was very flavorful and not too spicy, though I tend to avoid spicy foods and used a little soy sauce on some of the bowl myself.
All mixed together the food resembles a kind of Stir Fry of rice, spinach, carrots, zucchini, bamboo shoots and more!
I am extremely glad I stopped at the East Village Asian Diner in Encinitas and highly recommend it if you are in the area.
East Village Asian Diner
628 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024