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Interesting Public Radio Piece on Chinese Dining in the San Gabriel Valley

Long program on the SGV in general, so short cut to the Chinese food segment which is the third line under the picture, labelled "State of the Re:Union - The Taste of Home - from the San Gabriel Valley". Or you can listen to the whole thing and hear TonyC recite his ode to the San Gabriel Valley as a bonus track.

http://stateofthereunion.com/san-gabr...

This piece explains why the SGV is ahead of the Bay Area and so far ahead of New York when it comes to Chinese food. I mean, 200,000 followers on the Chinese language Los Angeles Chinese restaurant website Chuhuo? Man, we take our Chinese food seriously here.

SF Chinatown Pork Bun (Char Siu Bao) crawl - suggestions?

Putting aside Lai Hong Lounge which is in a class (and price category) by itself, I like the baked buns at Blossom Bakery on Waverly Place and Blue Sky Cafe on Powell. Also check AA Bakery on Stockton--at one time they had a baked bun which I rated only behind Lai Hong Lounge (Tim Ho Wan style for those who know what I mean) but I didn't see any my last visit a few weeks ago.

Red Lantern [The Richmond in SF]

I used to say that about mixing Chinese regional cuisines, e.g., you don't order XLB at a Cantonese restaurant. But regional barriers are breaking down so fast that you can hardly categorize Chinese restaurants any more, and while I'm still leery of combo Japanese/Chinese restaurants I think fusion no longer necessarily means a bad mish mosh.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Historically restaurant net profit runs about 3 percent of sales so there's not a lot of room to maneuver. Consequently, any increase in wages would need to be passed through almost in its entirety in the form of higher prices. But whether a particular restaurant has the ability to raise prices to that extent is problematical, particularly when the minimum wage in surrounding locales is not similarly raised. Consequently, it is clear that at least some restaurants who do not have pricing power will be forced out of business. However, I like to look at the issue more pragmatically. Are there mom and pop restaurants out there who won't be able to afford to pay their dishwashers and busboys $30,000 a year when they may not be making much more than that themselves? I'll bet the answer is "Yes" for a bunch of them.

Is Coi one of the world's best Chinese restaurants?

Those links are a combination of sarcasm and discussion starters looking for a more meaningful discussion. My beef is with the media, not with chowhounds.

Is Coi one of the world's best Chinese restaurants?

Actually this is a good reason why chowhounds, most vociferously those on the Los Angeles board generally despise Top 10 and Best Restaurant lists. The object of media, including the internet and television is to drive traffic. And most lists of best restaurants need to be geographically correct (i.e. diverse) to maximize traffic. Certainly, most of the world's best Chinese restaurants are in Asia, and none are in California or Queens. But most people in the US aren't going to be interested in a listing with no US entries. What surprises me is that no Canadian restaurants are listed, as there are many which are better than anything in the US. Sometimes the geographic correctness is expressly demanded by the publisher. One LA hound was commissioned by a local TV station to do a best dimsum list with the proviso that at least one West LA restaurant be included. That's like requiring a best Bay Area Chinese restaurant list include one restaurant from Marin County. Or take CNN's 50 Best Chinese Restaurants in the US which included restaurants from 25 states including Minnesota and Vermont. Really? A real best 50 list would probably only include California and New York restaurants. When I did my 10 best Chinese restaurants in the US list that had Koi Palace at #1, it was comprised only of California restaurants, and did that create a firestorm of dissent (particularly from New Yorkers). Which actually was what the website wanted as that article ended up getting 3000 likes on Facebook.

Union Buffet in WLA Closed For Good

Union Buffet closed temporarily a few months ago when it was sold to a new buyer and the banner went up that there would be a remodel, a new menu and a new chef. In February a sign went up saying they would open on President’s day, but they didn’t. I went back every few weeks and there was no activity. Went by again today found out they weren’t going to open at all. The reason is that they were shut down by the Health Department. Wonder what would cause the Health Department to close down a restaurant before it opened and furthermore prevent it from ever opening. Presumably something structural that would cost a lot of money to fix.

May 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Went to Old Sichuan to try their chicken shen jen bao. It was an exciting find in that it's only the second time I've seen that item anywhere in the US. However it was just OK.

May 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

I had the fish in orange sauce which was very good so I considered the restaurant very promising. Went on a Saturday and it was one of their lunch special items. Went back the next day, Sunday, with Mrs. Chandavkl and they refused to serve anything off the lunch special menu, saying those were available only Monday through Friday, and they made a mistake serving it to me on a Saturday. So we left.

May 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

fung tu or marc forgione? realize they're totally different(altho lower manhattan-ish), sort of like who's your favorite child, but really wanted to go to batard,couldn't get in, so i'm struggling between these 2 and oiji(but can't seem to get info on it)

I don't get Fung Tu. Mrs. Chandavkl and I both found it awful and overpriced. Ended up having a second dinner at some random place on Chrystie in Chinatown after blowing $70 at Fung Tu.

May 17, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Thanks for the update. The lunch specials at Canton Lounge are an especially good deal because their dinner/weekend prices are very high. Cutting Board has been around since 2012 as it was included in my 2013 article on Chinatown restaurants that had opened in the 2011 to 2013 time period. The reason I mention this is because many of the other places I mentioned in that article are already out of business, so Cutting Board has done well to survive as long as it has.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/manhattan...

May 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Authentic Szechuan/Xi'An Style Hot Pot

Has anybody tried Yunnan Tasty Garden by the little S F Market on Spring Mountain?

May 02, 2015
Chandavkl in Las Vegas

Just looked at Wo Hop on Menupages.

Or pork sung? There are Vietnamese restaurants called My Dung, but the pronunciation is much different.

Apr 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Help/Suggestions Needed for Chinese Style Wedding Banquet

Don't the Chinese caterers (Furiwa, Eastern Pearl/Duck House) do buffet?

Apr 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Bamboo Creek Coming To Monterey Park

Makes sense since there's no authentic Chinese food near USC (except perhaps Bamboo's food court side menu). Also these days most international Chinese students are Mainlanders (i.e., not Cantonese) so Chinatown is not a satisfactory option for them.

Apr 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shaanxi in Monterey Park at Elp Wok

The area upstairs from the Hong Kong Supermarket in Monterey Park has had an interesting history. Nearly 30 years ago it was Deli World, an early day food court of perhaps four stations where diners could overlook the shoppers at the Hong Kong Supermarket below. While wildly successful at one time, business died out and the area was sealed up. Then about a dozen years ago, the windows were covered over and the space re-opened, first as a cafeteria, then followed by a series of shabu places (which I suspect had continuous ownership despite a number of name changes). However, as reported by TonyC, something new has taken over in the form of Elp Wok (wonder why they chose that name--rhymes with Yelp? Sounds like elf?). Elp Wok serves what they describe as "Griddle Cooked" food, with a basic charge for the meat or seafood drypot of your choice, plus additional side dishes. They also serve what they call local delicacies, such as liang pi noodles, pork sandwiches, hand pulled noodles, plus dishes such as big plate chicken and big bowl fish. Also a section of spiced duck parts. Besides the liang pi noodles, which were the best I could recall having, I had the pork sandwich and the taro cake (which looked like a deep fried grilled cheese sandwich, but which sure seemed to be filled with turnip cake, not taro). On the wall there's this tempting poster showing a bowl of lamb pita bread soup. However they are not serving that yet, but maybe in a few days. Oh, and nice new carpeting up the stairs. Address is 127 N. Garfield, #Y.

Apr 27, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Chong King replaces Arcadia branch of Lu's Garden.

Well, weekday lunches are still empty.

Apr 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

More Wuhan At 2188 Spicy Shrimp in San Gabriel

I don't think so.

Apr 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

More Wuhan At 2188 Spicy Shrimp in San Gabriel

So we're now up to like 4 or 5 of these Wuhan places now. Actually the restaurant logo shows an elongated shrimp, as opposed to the number "1" in its signage, but as Prince found out, people don't know how to deal with symbols instead of letters. 2188 Spicy Shrimp features Wuhan dry pots, but also has Wuhan pancakes and Wuhan sesame noodles. Strangely when they soft opened they only had a 3 dish menu--shrimp dry pot, crab dry pot, and bullfrog dry pot. Today they didn't have crab or bullfrog dry pots. 2188 Spicy Shrimp is at 529 E. Valley Bl., #108A, in the space previously occupied by Hunan's Restaurant.

Apr 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

where to watch Pacquiao vs Mayweather?

Back in the early days of the Asian American movement the use of Pilipino was de rigeur because the lack of "F" in the Pilipino language, and Filipino was deemed westernized. Kind of how orientals became Asians at the same time.

Ming Yuen (Peruvian Chinese) Is Gone--Replaced by Pho Ga Hai Nam in El Monte

Ming Yuen, the only dedicated Peruvian Chinese restaurant in the area is gone. Pho Ga has a fairly limited menu, though the chicken broth is quite rich. But this is certainly a blow to diversity in the SGV. I guess I have to go to Orlando to get my Peruvian Chinese fix. Address is 10053 E. Valley B., #2. Awning still says Mandarin House which closed around 2002, when Dumpling 10053 opened up in this space.

Apr 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

I think these are often referred to as salt and pepper pork chops or pork chops with spicy salt, more often at Cantonese restaurants.

Apr 16, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Consistently good food in Chinatown?

Cafe Hong Kong has a lot of good stuff on the menu. We went there 4 times in 4 days during our last trip to Manhattan several weeks ago. It's the only place in Manhattan Chinatown that she'll eat at. (And don't get her started about Fung Tu. It took two weeks to stop her complaints.)

Apr 16, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

Well almost every Taiwanese restaurant in Rowland Heights/Industry has pork chops and there are dozens of them.

Apr 16, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

Peter's Place on Crenshaw has Taiwanese pork chops.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

Well, W. Las Tunas is in San Gabriel. On the others I really wonder what the reference point is. DTLA?

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

True, but there is also no W. Gale in Industry, but all the addresses nevertheless use E. Gale. But it's just plain Colima.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

Phone number is the same, though that often remains the same even with an ownership change. Interestingly both Green Island and Wonder Seafood refer to their address as 9566 Las Tunas Dr., even though it's properly 9566 E., and most businesses in that area use the "E." address.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

Well they changed both the English and Chinese names and they changed the menu, so this isn't your typical tax motivated rebranding.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

This one came out of nowhere as I was driving down Las Tunas Dr. and saw a place called Wonder Seafood where Green Island used to be. Lunchtime is a combination of made to order dim sum and lunch specials. Ordered off both menus--food seemed good, not great. My question is whether Wonder Seafood is somehow related to Green Island, since eel fried rice is still on the menu. Address is 9556 Las Tunas Dr.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area