Farm Cuisine is one of the few places in the San Gabriel Valley that merges sustainability with Asian cuisine. "All the food comes from local farms; we use Jidori chicken and grass-fed beef," said founder Jonathan Tam, who's also a gynecologist. He opened Farm Cuisine in Monterey Park last November with head chef Bella Lau, formerly of Susan Feniger's STREET. The two are both very health-conscious; Lau even holds a nutritional science degree and was a former gym trainer.
The menu is a diverse mix of pan-Asian ingredients like lo-mein and congee inspired by Lau's childhood in Hong Kong. There are also a fair number of more Americanized options like sandwiches and stuffed pork loin.
Her five picks included sea cucumber dumplings, a sandwich stuffed with vegan ham, miso-glazed salmon, a colorful ahi tuna sashimi and pork loin stuffed with portobello mushrooms.