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

Well, weekday lunches are still empty.

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

Grand China Buffet in Torrance Closed?

One of my scouts indicated that one of the Torrance Chinese buffets had closed, so I'm guessing this might be the one.

Apr 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Speedy Shilin--New (sub) regional in Rowland Heights

Thanks to ClarissaW for the heads up on this one in the 18457 Colima Road food court. Shilin is the name of a famous night market in Taipei, and Speedy Shilin supposedly serves Taipei night market style food. Never having been to a night market in Taiwan I don't really know what that means, though the menu does have a lot of familiar Taiwanese dishes on it. So if you can clue me in on this genre, please do so. Speedy Shilin takes the large space in the food court designated as #A.

Meanwhile across the way in space #G is what appears to be a Xiajiang lamb skewer specialist. No English name or English language menu, though there are pictures on the wall.

Apr 13, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Yahoo Says Best Chinese "Restaurant" In California is Something Called The Chairman Truck

That's true because we Asians love a deal, so the crowd might reflect value, rather than quality. But at least here in the Los Angeles area and the San Gabriel Valley, the American born Millennial Chinese tend to be extremely sophisticated when it comes to Asian cuisines and are not locked into their parents' regional backgrounds when it comes to food. Not sure if this is just a "626" thing, though it doesn't seem to be the case in New York.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Welcome back! Interesting that your test was location since some people say the Glendale location is inferior to Arcadia and Costa Mesa. I'm wondering if that's just psychological because Glendale isn't known for good Chinese food and the Americana is an unlikely location.

Bite Of Hong Kong Opens On Chrystie in Chinatown

Thanks for the clarification. I only keep track of locations that I have actually eaten at. By the time I got to First House Garden in early February it had already apparently closed (though there was no indication that they were permanently gone).

Anything going on a couple of doors down at the old Yogee/85 location?

Apr 10, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Bite Of Hong Kong Opens On Chrystie in Chinatown

At 81 Chrystie. I believe it replaces Lucky Plaza. Reports appreciated.

Apr 08, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

northern chinese in rosemead. mushroom lovers take note.

Actually it opened in 2003. Interesting seeing Robert Lu posting in this 2006 thread.

Mystery meat dumpling? Uh oh!

Apr 05, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum?

Thanks for the clarification. To replicate a discussion which has occurred on many other boards, dumplings and potstickers, aren't considered dim sum in the technical sense, while shu mai and ha gow (sometimes labelled "shrimp dumplings") are. Then there's XLB which also isn't dim sum, except perhaps when served at a dim sum restaurant. Plus you have the restaurants that have coined the term "Shanghai dim sum". The other factor is that I've found to my horror, restaurants serving a very limited amount of true dim sum often get their product pre-prepared from an outfit like Sysco.

Apr 02, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Bahooka is Closing

Sign was there when we drove by Saturday night.

Apr 01, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Liu Sha Bao? (Egg Custard Steamed Bun)

+1 for China Red

Apr 01, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum?

There's more Hong Kong style dim sum besides Aberdeen and Central Seafood?

Apr 01, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Aberdeen Seafood and Dim Sum?

Certainly not a destination. If you're in that part of the world and you want dim sum, it's one of your very very few choices.

Mar 31, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Little brownish rectangular bacon bit sized pieces of dried fish. Adds crunch and saltiness to the vegetable dish. Common at places in the SGV such as Tasty Garden, Seafood Village (now Seafood Palace), New Bay Seafood, and many many others.

Mar 31, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Is Liang's Kitchen still open in Flushing? Since that's a California chain (though most of the California branches closed down), I think they might have it.

Also has dried fish skin made its way to New York? I like to call that the Chinese version of bacon bits (not to be confused with fried fish skin appetizers which I have seen in New York.) Originally it was found paired as a condiment with Chinese broccoli, but I just saw it offered with string beans this past weekend.

Mar 31, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Shark fin is illegal in California, so there's a gelatin based substitute making the rounds. Not a soup, but rather pan fried egg white with imitation shark fin threads thrown in. Usually on a bed of toasted glass (mung bean) noodles. I recommend it to anyone--it's one of the best dishes in circulation the past three or four years.

Mar 31, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Thanks. Those sound like the types of restaurants that would have fish dumplings. They showed up in Los Angeles almost 15 years ago and have spread to many Sichuan, Dongbei, Shanghai and pan dumpling restaurants out here. But when I had lunch with a New York Chinese food writer a couple of years ago he had no clue as to what I was talking about, and I've gone to almost every Chinese restaurant in NY Chinatown looking for that dish. (Bo Ky has a fish wonton which is entirely different.)

Mar 31, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs