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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Rowland Heights is really where a lot of the current activity is with regards to Chinese food.

http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/s...

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Incredibly 50 percent of this food court has turned over since my last visit a little under 3 months ago. And the two new places I found last time are among the missing. O'Heavy Noodles replaces King of Mackerel and Shrimp which didn't last very long despite the widespread publicity it received. Meanwhile, May 35 Food replaces an eatery that had no English language name but which translated sort of to Hai Won Xinjiang Style food. (That in turn had replaced one of my all time favorite named Chinese restaurants, Porkaroma). And in the long space along the east wall, Duck Queen replaces Speedy Shilin.

Best Chinese Food?

soup├žon is the man who knows Chinese food in Chinatown and the City. If you're looking for Sichuan style food (Z&Y) or Shanghai style (Bund Shanghai) these are excellent options. But what Gary is too polite to say is that on balance, the Chinese food in Chinatown isn't very good when compared to other parts of the Bay Area. So it comes down to what you're used to. If you live somewhere that has good Chinese food you'll still be happy with Z&Y or Bund Shanghai, but most everyplace else would disappoint, particularly the Cantonese/seafood places.

China's Best Is In Alhambra

Actually they're all on Weibo. And aren't there Chinese language Yelp reviews?

Jul 25, 2015
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China's Best Is In Alhambra

I think the only Chong Qing Village report was on this board.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

China's Best Is In Alhambra

Well they definitely take the prize for worst signage on a restaurant. It looks like somebody installed a new, plain green awning over the entire storefront and somebody painted the address, plus delivery options freehand in white paint. Not that it's sloppy--I wish I could print that well. But still, it's clearly hand drawn and kind of tacky.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

China's Best Is In Alhambra

That's the name of the restaurant, China's Best. It's by the Ambassador Inn motel on Valley Bl. west of Fremont, in the location formerly occupied by Bamboo Inn. China's Best would appear to be the reincarnation of Chong Qing Village, a short lived Sichuan style restaurant that was in operation for a very few months last year. I make this statement based on the fact that they're using their distinctive menu (which has no English name on it, but does have the address that Chong Qing Village operated at) which was nicely photographed and had many unusual dishes, such as halogen bean curd and squid feet. Or maybe they just bought them from the used menu store. So if there are any comments about Chong Qing Village on the internet, they probably apply to China's Best. Street address is 2718 W. Valley Blvd.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

B F Bakery Cafe

Somebody brought some stuff from the B F Bakery Cafe in the new Alhambra 99 Ranch Market and it was pretty good. Can somebody rank this compared to the 85s, JJs and all of the other places springing up?

Jul 24, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

I go by there fairly frequently so the closure must be quite recent.

Jul 21, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Thanks for the update. I need to figure out who's been replaced.

Jul 21, 2015
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Soul Hollywood Finally Getting Ready To Open

7046 Hollywood Blvd. Across the street from the originally planned location.

Jul 20, 2015
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Hakksan dish recs

How does the restaurant seem to be doing? The Beverly Hills branch is closing this weekend which I find distressing despite the fact that like ipsedixit I'd want somebody else to pay.

Jul 18, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

Diamond Buffet is doing extremely well. Walked in around 2 pm and it was almost full. One thing that was quite conspicuous is that the clientele is about 90 percent Korean. Guess this restaurant has found its niche.

Jul 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New York Times Chinese Food Video

Nice that they acknowledge that Los Angeles has the best Chinese food in the U.S. But as Frank Shyong points out, how can you not throw in a mention of the San Gabriel Valley there?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/opi...

Kowloon Hong Kong Cafe in Irvine

This place is certainly all it's cracked up to be. $8 for a small spam and egg sandwich. A cashier who had difficulty giving me my change of exactly $12. Nothing but 1 star Yelp reviews. Oh, and a nice public service sign saying we're in a drought so you only get water if you ask for it. Still it was probably two-thirds full so I guess there are some people desperate for Hong Kong cafe food and they'll settle for fake Hong Kong food from fake Hong Kongers.

Jul 12, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese in Hayward/Union City/Fremont?

=1 for Yum's Bistro. In my opinion the only destination Chinese restaurant in the area. Since you've eliminated the Marina Foods shopping center, only other suggestion I have is House of Dumplings on Appian at Mission Blvd. in Union City.

Change of Ownership of Alhambra Tasty Garden?

Menu is the same and I recognized some of the servers. But I noticed today that my credit card slip read "Pot Pot Rice dba Tasty Garden". Coupled with prior rumors of an impending forced sale and the fact that the food today appeared a little off, and I'm thinking something has changed.

Jul 10, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dong Du Is Done Gone

Dong Du Hot Pot in Atlantic Times Square is gone. In the process of being replaced by UniBoil, which opened its first branch fairly recently in Rowland Heights in the Hong Kong Supermarket Plaza.

Jul 08, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

Well Bao has a number of unique dim sum items so I would guess those are made in house. However I wouldn't be surprised if some of their common items might be factory made, particularly since one SGV restauranteur told me that some SGV dim sum houses sell factory made dim sum. I presume (hope?) that he was referring to some of the more generic varieties, but we'll probably never know the whole truth.

Jul 08, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant copied Amazing 66 menu

Shocked silence at this end. Someplace in Manhattan Chinatown you really like? Better than Cafe Hong Kong?

Jul 06, 2015
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Farewell To The AYCE Hot Pot Conveyor Belt--Golden Dumpling House Replaces Hot Pot Buffet in El Monte

Well if there was a one of the kind Chinese eating place in the SGV, it might have been Hot Pot Buffet with its conveyor belt that wended its way in and out of the kitchen past hungry diners seated along the conveyor belt path. But alas that spectacle is gone, and I guess I should be happy that I was able to eat there once and take pictures. In its stead is Golden Dumpling House, a restaurant so new that I had to write a highly infrequent Yelp review just to get it on the boards. Besides a nice stable of dumplings and noodles, they'll deliver (something you don't see in the SGV) and apparently customize their product for large orders. Golden Dumpling House is at 9961 Valley Bl., #B.

Meanwhile a couple of blocks away, Thon Vy has opened up in the space that has housed a cast of characters after Dumpling 10053 packed up. It offers an interesting combination of rice vermicelli soup, Hue style food, and an interesting selection of fried rice varieties starting with Yang Chow and ending with French beef. Probably not surprising since all the conversation in the restaurant was Cantonese.

Jul 06, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

MoMo Crab House and Bakery Update

Following up on a Twitter thread between ClarissaW and JThur01, the crab house side of MoMo Crab House and Bakery (also referred to in signage as MoMo Bistro and Bakery) is in "reorganization" and is temporarily closed. This combination restaurant and bakery expansion of the MoMo empire appears to have opened up a couple of months ago in MonArc Plaza, on Duarte Road, right at the Arcadia/Monrovia border. The crab house side seemed to offer cafe food, mostly pasta, little crab. However, at the moment they're just offering their normal stable of baked goods. Address is 941 W. Duarte Road.

Jul 05, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

I wouldn't be surprised if it's a mixture--more generic items come from the factory, more specialized items made in-house.

Jul 04, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

Not that any restaurant customer would consent to be included in that listing.

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

So the factory churns out dim sum, dumplings, skewers and other items including whole roast duck for "for hotels, grocery stores, airlines and restaurants". Restaurants? Well actually no surprise that there's factory made dim sum being served based on prior Chowhound discussions. But after this article I'm thinking it's a bigger presence that I had imagined and I can't help but wonder who their customers are. (Ipsedixit knows but he's not telling.)

www.laweekly.com/restaurants/whats-it...

What's On The Menu At Hot Spot in Monterey Park? Well, I Don't Know

Driving up to the newly opened Hot Spot at 309 E. Garvey one sees enticing pictures of thinly sliced meats. Taken in conjunction with the name, one would conclude this is another of the ubiquitous new hot pot restaurant openings in the San Gabriel Valley. But walking inside indicates that this is not the case. There's only one table in the place, occupied by a bunch of guys who aren't eating anything. The most I could coax from the limited English speaking proprietor was "lamb and beef" and "lamb skin". He also said "Chinese food" and "not cooked." There's also a display case with small plastic containers of prepared food, including steamed chicken. I'm guessing "lamb skin" meant thinly sliced lamb and that they sell it uncooked so you can make your own hot pot at home.

Meanwhile a few blocks west, don't be fooled into thinking that the twice burned down Fuzhou fish ball restaurant has reopened. Yes, the space is brightly lit and open, and yes, the Fu Yuan Restaurant sign is still outside. But it's not a restaurant operation, but possibly a packaging store.

Jul 01, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: More Changes in Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights

Did Zenith and Fantasy ever open? I know they had a website with a menu, but every time I went by the front was papered over and I don't think there are any Yelp reviews.

Jun 29, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Chinese Discovery in Torrance

Hmmm. I forgot that I revised it to a 20 year rule. Basically, I'd rather not eat at a Chinese restaurant in the U.S. that has been open for more 20 years.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/older-chi...

Jun 28, 2015
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Interesting Chinese Discovery in Torrance

It's been there for over 20 years so under my "15 year rule" I don't think it's a prime eating place. However it's a popular choice for Hong Kong style food in the South Bay so it's fine if you want to stay local and gets mentioned here once every few years. Was most recently noted for having one particular dish, but for the life of me I don't remember what it was.

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Clarissa replies to the criticism.

http://clarissawei.com/2015/06/25/a-n...

Jun 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area