Cravings by 99 Ranch Opening Week

Cravings by 99 Ranch Market is the first of its kind– a new warehouse style grocery store/food court. They focus on providing produce, snacks, and food from mainly Asian cultures. Their grand opening was this past weekend and I was lucky enough to have the time to stop by this Tuesday.

When you walk in from the main entrance on the left side, you’re in the grocery section. A pretty small section for fresh produce, but tons of aisles filled with Asian snacks and non-perishable foods. I think the idea of this 99 Ranch Market location was to give it a Costco-vibe with the way it was structured.

Once you’ve finished shopping, you aren’t allowed to walk over to the food court side until you’ve checked out and purchased your items. After you’ve paid there’s a cute little section where you can park your shopping carts:

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The food court is on the right side of the building. There are doors on the right that you can enter to directly access it. There are about 9-10 different restaurants inside the food court ranging from Asian fusion to chicken wings to sushi. My friends and I grabbed a few small bites from each place to try, but we didn’t get to try every place.

left to right: Tenori, Oi Asian Fusion, Shominoods, Wingman Kitchen, Pinky’s Tea Bar

1). Tenori [4/5]
We ordered the Spicy Tuna Don rice bowl. It comes with a huge portion of ground tuna mixed in a spicy sauce over rice with a light drizzle of soy sauce along with two pieces of tamago. The portion of the bowl was definitely worth its price considering it’s $9. The tuna was the perfect amount of spicy and together with the rice it was a perfect bite! The only thing I have to say is that it seemed a little plain. I would have loved to been able to add some sesame seeds or furikake to it.

2). Oi Asian Fusion [4/5]
We ordered the pork belly jicama tacos. There were 3 tacos total: jicama taco shell with seared pork belly, cilantro, and pickled red onions. There was some green sauce on top of these tacos that were so good! The crunch of the jicama taco is what took this taco to the next level. The pork belly was cooked right, which is apparently hard for other restaurants to accomplish. This taco was such a perfect bite with the crunchiness of the jicama shell, the savory-ness of the pork belly, and the freshness of the cilantro.

3). Shominoods [3/5]
We ordered 10 piece pork gyozas and chicken karaage (not photographed). The gyozas looked like they were pan fried, but they weren’t crispy! The meat inside was juicy though, but I was disappointed in the texture of the outside of the gyoza. The chicken karaage was a decent portion, but they weren’t too crispy for long. They didn’t seem fresh off the fryer, they tasted like they had been sitting out for some time. Because we didn’t get the ramen, I don’t think I gave this place a fair shot. I’ll have to come back.

4). Wingman Kitchen [5/5]
I ordered the Flamin’ Good and Tom Yum flavors with the traditional bone in wings along with a side of fries. The chicken wings were crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The Flamin’ Good flavor was both sweet and spicy, but just the perfect amount. I’m not really a huge fan of the sweet and spicy combo, so to say that I enjoyed it really says something. The Tom Yum flavor is their newest flavor and it legitimately tastes like Tom Yum. It reminded me so much of the Mama packaged noodles I used to eat as a kid.

5). Pinky’s Tea Bar
The menu said that the Rose Matcha drink was the most popular so I ordered that with boba. It cost $5.12 total for the 24 oz drink, which is normal for a boba drink. I wasn’t too big of a fan of the drink because the rose milk tea tasted more artificial than usual. I usually enjoy a good rose milk tea at Half & Half, but the combination with the matcha tea wasn’t really pleasant. I would have preferred if it was just a rose milk tea or just a matcha tea, but I’m assuming that this is advertised as one of their more popular drinks for the aesthetic of the colors. The boba on the other hand was sweet and the right texture.

Here’s my YouTube video on my experience: