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Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

Yes, all the bakeries and even a lot of the restaurants in Chinatown are cash only. (Last time I checked, even Mayflower.) $3 at Family Pastry should fill you up.

A little history regarding CBS. Go back 20 years and the best Chinese restaurant in the LA area (including the SGV) was ABC Seafood on Ord and New High. Beat the pants off of anything in the SGV or Bay Area, serving what was then modern Hong Kong style food. Then came the day in 1999 that broke my heart (along with all the Chinese foodies of the day). The owner-chef sold the restaurant to one of the waiters and retired, taking his recipes with him. The holdover waiter tried his best, but it wasn't the same. Meanwhile the other waiters initially went their separate ways, but a year later came together and opened up CBS Seafood. Identical menu to ABC (except they used a green cover instead of a red one) and indeed orally claimed they were the "real" ABC (since numerically there were so many ex-ABC types there). But they didn't have the recipes either. CBS ownership remains the same while ABC changed hands twice more, but neither came close to recreating the old ABC. Of course, 15 years later it might not make a difference, since my theory for Chinese restaurants in the US is that once they've been open for 15 to 20 years, they get surpassed by new players.

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

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

Ever hear of Wah Ching and the Joe Boys?

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

Back then I would think protection money would have been an issue, too. A couple thousand or more a month was a big chunk of change back then. Also there are other kinds of extraneous liabilities that can bring you down, such as Liang's Kitchen (supposedly employment law damages).

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

Also in Hawthorne at one time.

Aug 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Peking duck in the south bay

I thought they were closing, but apparently somebody took them over?

Aug 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

Baked BBQ pork buns are good at Family Pastry, but it's hard to spend more than $3 there. CBS is OK but like everything else in Chinatown would last about 10 minutes in the San Gabriel Valley. Mayflower appeals particularly to the Pilipino crowd, so much so that they've done two expansions. Best in Chinatown are probably Master Chef, Golden City and J.R. Bistro (pending its sale). I think the best downtown bet is not in Chinatown, but Peking Tavern.

Aug 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

That's like Meizhou Dongpo where most of the servers are not Asian. I notice a tweak in the name of the Beverly Hills branch to New Port Seafood. I presume that's due to the disaffiliation of the Santa Ana branch, plus the desire to go national. I wonder if they realize, however that there's a Chinese restaurant called New Port in the Bay Area already.

Aug 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Peking duck in the south bay

Chinese options in the South Bay have really dwindled in the past decade. In Torrance there's also Seashore, Seafood Port and Seafood Town. Also Sea Empress in Gardena. That's pretty much it. For thin crepe Peking Duck, you're much more likely to find that in New York than in LA or SF.

Aug 27, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Peking duck in the south bay

Just a wild guess, P.V. Palace in Lomita. When you say pancakes, do you mean the thin crepes, as opposed to the mantou buns? California is mostly mantou.

Aug 27, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Homer's Taste In Flushing Serves Wenzhou Style Food?

Yes. I get 3 orders of marinated tofu.

Aug 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

Thanks. The few Yelp reviews indicate that's the main attraction.

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

Chinese LOL restaurant? Does that qualify as a unique regional cuisine?

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Homer's Taste In Flushing Serves Wenzhou Style Food?

When did that happen?

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Jetblue T5 at JFK

I know the place well, having been snowed in there overnight about a year and a half ago. Ordinarily I would never recommend Chinese food at an airport. However Lucy's Asian Kitchen has a fairly decent ginger chicken dish. Also the steam table is relatively decent. But remember, it is airport food.

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

This is the on the SW corner of Walnut Grove and Valley Blvd., just east of the center with Tip Top Sandwiches in it. I guess my missing it until now is due to old age and failing eyesight. Also because it's obscured by the McDonald's on the corner and the small amount of frontage on Valley Blvd., mostly taken up by a range hood store. And I only came here because this is where Chengdu Taste 2 opened up, and the next (whoopee) Sam Woo is getting ready. But there's also The Theme Cafe, a boba and popcorn chicken place, Fruit Cup, a boba and popcorn chicken place, and One Plus One Melting Pot. I feel sorry for Fruit Cup, because it's on the back side of the building where Chengdu Taste is. And if it's hard enough to spot the shopping center itself, very few people are going to make their way to the backside, particularly since there's a more visible competitor 50 yards away.

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Thanks for the update. The name you mentioned for ABC seems to be associated with Song Hay Inn on Griffth Park Blvd., one of my least favorite places in LA.

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

It's not just here in LA that Sichuan is going wild. Try Lafayette, Indiana and Iowa City, Iowa too, for example.

Aug 25, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

Would be interested in your report. Won't be back there for a few months, but I did see an interesting shot of the exterior of the building.

Aug 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Need a new place for Chinese beef rolls... :(

Mass production of Shandong beef rolls is no problem. Gordon Food Supply in Chicago, for one, produces them.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/who-reall...

Aug 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Need a new place for Chinese beef rolls... :(

According to the 101 Noodle Express website they have a "central, factory-like kitchen to secure quality control". Perhaps the local store might do something a little different in final prep, but there should be a consistency.

Aug 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Monster Noodles (Valley Village)

Never one to back down from a challenge, I took the long way home from work this afternoon for my first foray into the Valley this summer to check out Noodle Monster. I remember this as the long time home of Hing Yee, and the memories were not pleasant as I thought Hing Yee was one of the worst Chinese restaurants I ever ate at in Los Angeles. Noodle Monster is a pan-Asian restaurant, with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai offerings. For those of you who read my article about restaurants mixing Chinese and Japanese cuisine, you can imagine how I feel about the addition of Vietnamese and Thai items on top. I had the ground chicken egg rolls which weren't half bad, and the boiled chicken dumplings which were overcooked. I'd say that locals looking for an eclectic choice of noodles might like this restaurant, but it's certainly no destination restaurant.

Aug 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Been To Shi Hai This Week?

Well I was wondering if there's some kind of glitch. I remember when Atlantic Seafood opened a couple of years ago and the air conditioning system went out in the first week.

Aug 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

MY China in Graton Resort & Casino [Rohnert Park, Sonoma County]

+1. You can get fish noodles all over the Little Fuzhou area of Manhattan Chinatown, but I haven't seen any in California due to the lack of Fujianese influence here. The M.Y. China dish was the only disappointment of my meals there.

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

Yes, there goes our supply of sea worm dumplings.

Aug 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Been To Shi Hai This Week?

Wanted to go there for dinner last night but arriving around 5:50pm the parking lot was empty and the restaurant was closed. Also drove by the Valley Blvd. parking lot entrance around noontime on Wednesday and that lot only had a couple of cars in it.

Aug 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Try First House Garden in Chinatown?

81 Chrystie St., I believe taking over from Lucky Plaza. Only been open a couple of months.

Aug 21, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Definitely. A&J space now occupied by Flavor Garden.

Aug 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Actually this is the space that was occupied almost 20 years by Happy Garden, and by 3 6 9 Shanghai before that.

Aug 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

If they're like the corn pancakes, the dish would merely be infused with corn. But I didn't order the noodle dish

Aug 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Stopped by Yao's today. Featured items are pancakes and congee. I think the clue is the existence of corn pancakes and corn noodles, which would seem to make this Northeastern food. Also a kimchi dish, too. Interesting array of pancakes including brown sugar and horned melon. Meanwhile, there's a line outside of New Noodle Boy. Not a Sichuan style line, but still impressive for a Wednesday afternoon.

Aug 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area