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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

A while back somebody asked for a Chinese restaurant recommendation around Commerce and I directed them to Monterey Park. However it turns out you can get a pretty good Chinese meal in the Wood Dragon Restaurant in the Commerce Casino (in the hotel lobby). Wood Dragon isn't very big--kind of lounge sized, and I presume is part of the latest trend to draw Chinese diners to popular commercial venues (and what can be more popular for Chinese than a casino). Wood Dragon is not a destination restaurant but it's fine if you're in the area. We had the beef chow fun, the cha shu bao, and the beef bing, all of which were decent. But what I'd really like to try is the clay pot feast, a gigantic amalgam of napa, shrimp in the shell, fish dumplings, mushrooms, tomatoes, glass noodle, chicken and quail eggs. Unfortunately it would have pre-empted trying anything else on the menu, but the table next to us ordered it and it looked fantastic. Other interesting items include beef brisket noodle soup and braised fish head hot pot.

Mar 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Los Angeles Chinatown, like it's counterpart in Manhattan is going through a gentrification phase in which non-Chinese restaurants and businesses have moved in. Latest evidence here is the upcoming opening of Little Jewel of New Orleans, which appears to be a deli and grocery operation, right next to ABC Seafood. This is the space most recently occupied by Hoy King, and occupied for many years by Yuan Ten and for you real old timers, Chung Mee. Apparently during the renovation, Little Jewel found some interesting artifacts dating back to when the building was part of the North Spring Street Chinatown, which as some of us remember was a separate Chinese community that was a few blocks away from Broadway Chinatown, the two once being separated a large patch of non-Chinese businesses.

And speaking of ABC Seafood, signs on the exterior indicate that they now serve dim sum in their dining room, cooked to order. Previously dim sum was available in the take out section, and only available in the dining room by request to be carried over from the take out area. And until the new Empress Pavilion reopens, CBS Seafood is doing swell with a mob of people waiting to get in for Saturday afternoon dim sum.

Mar 22, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

MYC House Replaces Liang's Kitchen in San Gabriel

Plus "House" is now Kitchen and MYC was all upper case.

Mar 22, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese restaurant menus.

Menus are definitely getting nicer but there are very few falling into the coffee table book variety. The first one I saw was Shanghai #1 Seafood Village a couple of years ago, but last time I was there they were getting dog eared and worn. Maybe they'll laminate the next edition. Seafood Village tweaked their menu recently and took the opportunity to re-do their menu with more pictures. Zheng's Fusion in Industry has a really nice one too.

Mar 19, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Pho Ha Long (San Gabriel) already gone, replaced by Spiceone

Thanks for the update. One of the 626 Foodettes tweeted about this last week but I didn't know the new restaurant was already open.

Mar 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Been To Yummy House in Agoura?

No I haven't been out that way since last year. I was curious if it was as authentic as Hot Wok was.

Mar 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Asking The Age Old Question Of Whether It's Worth The Drive From The San Gabriel Valley to Eat at Pingtung Eat-in Market on Melrose

Went there a few weeks ago. I'd say it's steady. Some of the stuff is quite tasty, such as the baby bok choy and the pork ribs. I'm not a fan of their XLB though.

Mar 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area