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The Crowd: Event at South Coast Plaza boxes food for impacted restaurant workers.

By B.W. COOK MAY 13, 202011:38 AM The trickle-down effects reaching all of society impacted by COVID-19 is a shocker to most. On the subject of the most basic form of life sustainment, feeding the hungry rises to the top of that impact. We have seen the food lines, listened to the news reports and […]

Vietnamese cuisine pioneer Helene ‘Mama’ An’s restaurants celebrate Lunar New Year throughout Southern California

By ANNE VALDESPINO | | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: January 17, 2020 at 1:09 p.m. | UPDATED: January 17, 2020 at 1:09 p.m. Celebrating Lunar New Year with a feast at a Vietnamese restaurant? These days we take for granted how many such noodle houses, coffee bars and fine dining rooms there are in Southern California. But we don’t often stop to think […]

AnQi and Crustacean creator Chef Helene An shares her secrets of success

By JENNIFER TANAKA | | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: August 4, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. | UPDATED: August 4, 2019 at 10:29 p.m. Helene An’s signature dish, crab with garlic noodles, is ubiquitous in Asian-American cuisine. It’s imitated on countless menus across the country. You see it so often that you forget it’s not even a classic Vietnamese dish. Rather than […]

Faces of Orange County – AnQi Bistro

The Face of Fine Asian Cuisine Nestled next to Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, AnQi by House of An has been blazing culinary trails for nearly a decade. Owner Elizabeth An envisioned the gourmet bistro as a dining destination that would marry her unique Vietnamese culture with the heartbeat of urban Orange County. The concept […]

The fall and rise of the House of AN

By ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER January 20, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. “I grew up listening to the stories of my mother’s childhood in Vietnam: the adventures, the dangers and the elegance of a lost world.” So begins “An: To Eat,” and as you sit back in Proustian languor to thumb through this big, heavy, handsomely illustrated book, […]

The Crowd: AnQi presents at James Beard dinner

By  B.W. COOK  |  JUNE 19, 2015 Costa Mesa’s glamorous restaurateur Elizabeth An, of South Coast Plaza’s AnQi, was invited to present its signature Asian fusion cuisine at the James Beard House in New York. Known as the “Carnegie Hall of cuisine,” the James Beard House and its society are considered the most influential culinary arbiters in […]