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The Best Chinese Buffet In The San Gabriel Valley

Security was tough at the studio.

about 17 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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The Best Chinese Buffet In The San Gabriel Valley

Is now Kirin Buffet, which recently replaced Todai in the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia. Nice selection of good quality entrees, cute little dim sum items (including a small cocktail bun), desserts include Hong Kong waffle puffs. But here's what seals it. While a number of SGV buffets cater to Chinese diners, all the others also have a significant number of non-Asian customers too, which reflects to some extent in the food offerings. In a packed dining room today at Kirin there were all of two non-Asian diners, both with Asian dining companions. Yeah, they do have kung pao chicken and garlic fries, but this is the best lineup I've seen at a Chinese buffet in L.A. outside of the fancy hotel buffets. Kirin's offerings are not as extensive as Moonstar in Daly City, but it's also cheaper--$12.95 for weekday lunch, $19.95 for dinner, higher on weekends.

1 day ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Yes, in recent 99 Ranch fashion, it looks to have replaced an abandoned American supermarket site. (The telltale sign is not a large number of adjoining Chinese restaurants.)

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

There is a decent sized Chinese population in the Dallas area (predominantly Taiwanese), and Plano is the center.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/atlanta-c...

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Well Red Egg may have the best dim sum in New York Chinatown so it's not like it's awful. I think it's even better than Ping Pang Pong and some of the other places in the list.

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Not factoring in price, Koi Palace is better. Factoring in price, Koi Palace is much better.

Apr 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Having eaten at JS Chen, Red Egg, Ming's, Ping Pang Pong and Winsor, this list is inexplicable. (I'm OK with Hakkasan and Yank Sing.)

Apr 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

Well it wasn't Jumbo Seafood the last time I went by which was sometime last year.

Apr 14, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

Wondering if it's worth eating at, particularly with throwing Jumbo Seafood into the name. The name would strongly imply authenticity as opposed to the Americanized food of the similarly named predecessor.

Apr 12, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

Anybody try this place since it changed from China House Bar and Restaurant? On Powell St. south of Fisherman's Wharf.

Apr 11, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

Kay Cheung In Chinatown Closed [San Francisco]

Could only stop by Terra Cotta Warrior for a sniff on the way back from San Jose to SF. They do have the signature Shaanxi dishes you find in LA including the lamb burger, Shaanxi noodles, and pita bread soup. But they also have a bunch of Sichuan items on the menu, so it's not a pure menu. I suspect this is for the benefit of the non-Asian neighborhood clientele that I saw in the restaurant.

Apr 10, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

Thrillist's Top 8 Dim Sum Places in LA?

But reopening under new ownership in a few weeks.

Apr 09, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Kay Cheung In Chinatown Closed [San Francisco]

Kay Cheung on Jackson St. has closed after more than 15 years. Looks like something else will take its place. What I'm wondering is if it will be Cantonese or non-Cantonese.

Apr 09, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

CHI LIN - A Pleasant Surprise

Out of business. What are they going to do with all those lanterns and butterflies?

Apr 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Thrillist's Top 8 Dim Sum Places in LA?

Like you say, it's debatable. Didn't see anything at all offensive. Price aside, Hakkasan is a great choice. Price included, you'll never see me there again.

Apr 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel Valley's Low Price Leader-Szechuan Hot Pot & BBQ in Monterey Park

You have to get your own plates and condiments, but for $6.99 who expects any level of service? They actually brought me a second order of ingredients without asking which is why I ended up eating more than I planned.

Apr 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel Valley's Low Price Leader-Szechuan Hot Pot & BBQ in Monterey Park

As you all know, the San Gabriel Valley has the best Chinese food in the United States. Due to the intense competition it also has the most economical Chinese food of any quality in the US except for the poorer parts of Manhattan Chinatown. But with all of the outstanding Chinese food values in the San Gabriel Valley, I think that the best value may well be Szechuan Hot Pot & BBQ, which is across the hall from Empress Harbor on Atlantic and Garvey in Monterey Park. Szechuan Hot Pot has an all you can eat lunch hot pot for $6.99. It's $5.99 during happy hour and still only $9.99 at dinner. Yeah, the sea bass is mostly fat and bone, and it's cash only, and drinks are $1.50. But at a little more than a third of the cost of comparable AYCE hot pots, this is a good deal. The broth is decent and once you start boiling your fish balls or swai, they all taste pretty similar. I particularly liked their bean noodles which come in wide squares, and left the place full and satisfied. The only thing I wonder about is the business model Maybe EB-5?

Apr 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dean Sin World - Monterey Park - Report

Thanks for the report. Anything closely comparable in the Bay Area?

Apr 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Denmark Gefion steakhouse turning into hunan spicy taste

Hunan Spicy Taste Restaurant is open. Cute how they rate the spiciness of their dishes using cell phone signal type bars. Even no bars is a little spicy.

Apr 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

Unfortunately, I know "foodies" that do.

Mar 30, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

Yes, but I consider Joe's 4 star rating to be highly dubious.

Mar 29, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

The main problem with Yelp ratings is that there is no equivalency, i.e., different restaurants have different constituencies, and as long as a restaurant satisfies its constituency it will have a high absolute rating. For example take two Manhattan Chinese restaurants, Hakkasan and Joe's Shanghai. Hakkasan is Manhattan's best Chinese restaurant (albeit expensive) and its sister restaurant in Beverly Hills is one of the better Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. On the other hand, Joe's Shanghai in Manhattan Chinatown is a decent restaurant but wouldn't make the top 300 Chinese restaurants if it was in Los Angeles. Yet, Joe's Shanghai has a higher Yelp rating than Hakkasan. While this is a problem with Yelp in general, it's probably exacerbated in Manhattan with the wide number and variety of restaurants you can find.

Mar 29, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

For Future Reference--Chinese Restaurants That Don't Use MSG

ClarissaW strikes again! However if I'm going to pay Chi Lin prices, I want my MSG.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

Mar 27, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an eating tour of Chinatown

I think if you throw in the ambiance, Manhattan Chinatown might be more interesting, particularly with all the Fujianese from all over the eastern US who pass through that part of town, especially on Mondays.

Mar 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Paul's Kitchen - glop, glop, gloppiness

Certainly I wouldn't call it authentic by today's standards. But it is the same food that was once formerly known as authentic Chinese, given that the only Chinese in LA were us peasants from Toishan. Funny though if somebody came today from Toishan to LA they wouldn't recognize the stuff either.

Mar 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an eating tour of Chinatown

Manhattan Chinatown = Cantonese food, Fujianese food, Shanghai food, dumplings and bakeries. Flushing = all different regional styles including Taiwanese, Hunan, Sichuan and Northeastern food generally not found in Chinatown. And they have food courts so you can hit dozens of eateries in no time at all.

Mar 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan
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Paul's Kitchen - glop, glop, gloppiness

Yes but not everybody changes with the times. My mom's side of the family would still be perfectly happy with Paul's Kitchen if it were anywhere close to where they live now. Or take the Chinese lady who responded to my article on how the best Chinese food is no longer found in Chinatown, who argued that Chinatown food is indeed better than what you get in the new suburban Chinatowns.

Mar 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Paul's Kitchen - glop, glop, gloppiness

I do want to be sure that we don't overstate the inauthenticity of Paul's Kitchen. Paul's Kitchen was the "authentic" Chinese food I grew up with and we catered our family gatherings from there for many many years. At one time, Paul's, and its neighbors New Moon and Man Fook Low were as authentic as things got, since as described by Frank Shyong, San Pedro St. was the real L.A. Chinatown of the 40s, 50s and early 60s.

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-c1...

Mar 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Bamboo Creek Coming To Monterey Park

In the space originally occupied by Bon Marche Bistro. Curious what style food they'll serve.

Mar 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

My Apologies to the City of Commerce--You Can Find Good Chinese Food There

I don't think so. I didn't see any food being carried out of the restaurant.

Mar 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area