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Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

No, New Noodle Guy is Vietnamese. I believe their specialty is pho with filet mignon. Noodle Boy in Rosemead is Chinese.

about 9 hours ago
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Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Yes, the closest restaurant to the supermarket formerly known as Quong Hoa.

about 9 hours ago
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Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

Also, if you want to stick with SF Chinatown, Lai Hong Lounge is fine.

Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

In The Richmond, Hong Kong Lounge or Hong Kong Lounge 2.

Cha Chaan Teng Recs in WSGV?

DTLA 101 traffic is always bad these days. 10 pm Tuesday, all weekend long. I don't know where they're going.

Feb 28, 2015
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West L.A. Dim Sum

Yeah, I was thinking maybe bbq pork buns.

Feb 28, 2015
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West L.A. Dim Sum

I hear you but I'm trying to reconcile that with the Channel 2 feature a couple years ago where they went behind the scenes to show the dim sum being made in their kitchen.

Feb 28, 2015
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West L.A. Dim Sum

I really miss their chicken pies which was a major reason I frequented there. I think it was the same item that they had at Ocean Star, except it was more reliably available at Royal Star. Then a couple of years after Royal Star went under (around 2006), Ocean Star got rid of all the good dim sum on their menu and went generic/value pricing and that was it for the chicken pie. Strangely I ran into an exact duplicate subsequently at Jade Garden in Louisville, KY. I swear they must have stolen the recipe.

Feb 28, 2015
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

According to my daughter Supertina, no. And she says Arcadia is better.

Feb 28, 2015
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Sliced bean curd at the Mandarette

Tofu strips like that are available packaged at any Chinese grocery store. Also I believe many 99 Ranch Markets have the prepared dish in the refrigerator case for about $3.

Feb 28, 2015
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Reclaiming The Franchise--Another Original Shau May Branch Opening?

Apparently the Shau May name is like Sam Woo in that there is no central ownership of the name. As TonyC explained, the original owners came back recently, to South El Monte of all places. Well it looks like there might be another original location, as the Hi Pie on Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel, which might have been a Shau May branch in the 1990s (called May Restaurant), is now SG Xiao May Restaurant. Format is the same as all of the Shau May's and knockoffs, so who knows what the deal is. 830 E. Valley Blvd.

http://la.eater.com/2014/12/29/746304...

Feb 27, 2015
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Cha Chaan Teng Recs in WSGV?

I don't think anything compares to Tasty Garden in that category. Depending on the time and day you might consider taking the Golden State Fwy. to the San Gabriel Valley. This is our 'hood and I calculate that without traffic the 5 Fwy. might be five minutes longer, but if the Hollywood freeway is ornery it may take much longer.

Feb 27, 2015
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Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

But they make you pay before you eat, so the area hasn't turned around just yet.

Feb 26, 2015
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NY Style Chinese food in LA?

Actually it's a valid point. Chinese fast food in LA is largely precooked food stored in steam trays with heat lamps to keep the food warm. On the other hand, Manhattan has these assembly line cook to order Chinese takeouts where you get your food in under 5 minutes. While I certainly don't go out of my way to look for these, I can only recall seeing this kind of operation once locally, on Sepulveda in El Segundo.

Feb 26, 2015
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No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

I did comment this past fall that No. 1 Charcoal BBQ was the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the U.S. because the tip jar was full of Chinese money.

Feb 26, 2015
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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

I had already checked out of my hotel and was hoping to stuff myself before the flight home. Didn't work out.

Feb 25, 2015
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Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

Legally they should since there's no expiration date. But who knows, particularly after this good publicity.

Feb 25, 2015
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Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

Pretty sure they open all day. I really wonder if this is EB-5 money.

Feb 25, 2015
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Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

Back for my second visit to MacArthur Park this week (I guess Pico-Union is more descriptive now of the neighborhood) to follow up on a real head scratcher. The just opened Diamond Buffet & Grill has probably the nicest decor of any Chinese buffet in Los Angeles. High ceilings. Pastel lights. A humungous dining room chandelier. Crown moulding. Spacious layout. Somebody put big bucks into this. All for a buffet on the corner of 7th St. and Bonnie Brae. Given the location, you can imagine who the core clientele is, which also makes some of the food selections surprising. I pigged out on crispy salmon skin, and other surprising choices included pig ears, beef tendon, and fish balls. Several whole saba sliced into sashimi pieces. Weekday lunch is $8.99, 10 percent off for seniors. 1901 W. 7th St., opens at 10:30am for lunch. $2 valet parking if you don't want to risk street parking.

Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

Have you been to Midtown Buffet on 7th Ave. near Times Square? It's the only Chinese buffet I've seen in Manhattan and was pleased to find it steps away from our New York office. It's also the only Chinese buffet I've eaten at where I left hungry.

Feb 25, 2015
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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

This also explains the near lack of AYCE buffets in New York.

Feb 25, 2015
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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

Steam tray Chinese fast food is much more common in LA than New York. Besides the dozens of mom and pop places in LA there's Panda Express with dozens more. Meanwhile there are only 3 Panda Express locations in New York. New York has many more cook to order Chinese fast food places. Not sure why the disparity. Maybe it gets too cold in the winter for steam trays or heat lamps?

Feb 24, 2015
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New School Kitchen Brings Dim Sum To The Sawtelle Corridor (Well Sort Of)

New School Kitchen has opened up in the Olympic Collection (NW corner of Olympic and Sawtelle) with a small selection of dim sum and a few other items on a short menu. Baked bbq pork buns, siu mai, ha gow, shrimp with chives, sticky rice in lotus leaf and pork belly buns are on the menu. Dim sum is decent but kind of pricey. Appropriate for those days when you don't feel like driving down to Bao on Beverly Bl.

Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

I presume you're talking about places like Lunch Box Buffet. This is a little different in that like the typical steam table places you see in LA particularly minority neighborhoods (or Panda Express), it doesn't have that extensive of a selection

Feb 24, 2015
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Lobster Bay Continues Apparent New Trend in Rowland Heights

Yes, I'm leaning towards the rich Mainlander theory. The average dish prices at these places are much higher that what I'm used to in the West SGV.

Feb 24, 2015
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OC Chinese Update

I really liked it, except the Fire Phoenix Chicken, which is strange because that was the chef's award winning dish. The cumin beef, white trout and pork belly buns were very good. Interesting desserts, too, particularly the apple tapioca and the tofu panna cotta.

Feb 24, 2015
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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

Prolly swai. Soft and salty.

Feb 24, 2015
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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

L A Kitchen combines the best of Chinese steam table and buffet dining by having their patrons line up and fill their own trays at $3.79 per pound. You might wonder why this is Chow worthy and there are several reasons. First of all L A Kitchen is probably the next closest restaurant to Langers, just north on the other side of 7th St. I've never seen this particular kind of arrangement before, so perhaps it might be the start of a new trend. Also, they have self-serve frozen yogurt for just 39 cents an ounce. And finally, the steamed fish fillet which cost me about $1.75 was better than the same dish I paid $11 for at an unnamed restaurant on Ventura Blvd. in the SFV. L A Kitchen is at 696 S. Alvarado, across from McArthur Park.

Feb 24, 2015
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Lobster Bay Continues Apparent New Trend in Rowland Heights

For those looking for microtrends in local Chinese dining, I've noticed in the Rowland Heights-Industry-Hacienda Heights area a disproportionate number of recent openings of more upscale Chinese restaurants. When I say upscale, I mean both in terms of restaurant decor and design, as well as a higher price point that what we're used to seeing. Immediately coming to mind are Zheng's Fusion, Southern Gourmet and Taste Guizhou, and I'm sure there are quite a few others. I guess with a newer and less pricey real estate stock, it's easier to spend a few extra dollars on the decor. As far as the higher price point goes, I'm not sure what the demographics here are compared to the Western SGV. In any regard, Lobster Bay turns out good Cantonese food, expensive by night, but taking advantage of $7, 8 and 9 lunch specials we were able to try the pepper fish in special sauce, chicken in tangerine sauce, and Chinese broccoli with dried fish without breaking the bank, and everything was good. Obviously their specialty is lobster--with a minimum order of $30 you can get a 4 to 6 pound lobster for $10 a pound. Lobster Bay is at 18888 Labin Court, right in the front.

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

Not the 25 best Chinese restaurants. Not the top 25 restaurants in Los Angeles. Not 25 new restaurants. This is a national top 25 list. Probably the best argument yet against top 10 etc. restaurant listings. Other LA restaurants on list are Smoke.Oil.Salt and Alimento.

http://www.eater.com/2015/2/20/807847...

Feb 23, 2015
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