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SGV Tea/Snack changes: Ozero, Tasty to Go, JJ Tea House - gone

Twinkle Brown Sugar may just be a new name for the existing operation. Not sure if the JTown branch of Ozero is changing its name or if they want to distinguish them.

Monterey Park for _dinner_

You can't go wrong at any of those. Elite (Monterey Park), Sea Harbour (Rosmead), King Hua and Lunasia (both Alhambra) are higher quality for dinner, but for most people it's not worth the price differential. Compare the Saturday night crowds and the difference is stark.

Dec 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Monterey Park for _dinner_

Elite is not particularly popular for dinner. Not that it isn't good, bur it's more expensive, so people flock to places like Seafood Village and Five Star (or even Mama Lu's) at dinnertime where they can get an economical meal.

Dec 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hibachi Grill Buffet Replaces World Buffet in West Covina With All You Can Eat Pork Chops

World Buffet in Hong Kong Plaza, which might have been the last Chinese buffet in Los Angeles that didn’t have a Japanese name, has been replaced by Hibachi Grill Buffet. Typical Chinese buffet fare. The main highlight is pork chops–a pork chop dish, in the buffet, as well as a spicy rib dish, plus pork chops in the Teppan grill. Another feature is the slabs of steamed tofu with shrimp paste. Weekday lunch is $7.59. Given the location, this is not a destination venue unless you’re into pork chops.

In other news of the same shopping center, 100% Hong Kong Café has recently opened up. This is a rarity in this part of town, so they may be filling an untapped market. Also things seem to be improving in the center’s food court, with a couple more spaces now occupied. I’m guessing they’re Indonesian style eateries.

Dec 26, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum on the Westside

The only places with any selection of dim sum are The Palace and Bao. Bao is especially pricey though you also get some good varieties there that you don't see elsewhere. ROC Kitchen only has a couple of dim sum items that are incidental to its menu. Pingtung has a few more choices but is also quite expensive.

Boiling Crab Opening in Westwood Village

On Glendon, not too far from where Ah Fong's used to be.

Dec 24, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

Chung King had been seriously downhill for quite a while. But 15 years is forever as far as Chinese dining in LA is concerned and new contenders keep raising the bar. Chung King has been replaced by Image Cheng Du, though the sign still said Chung King the last time I went by.

Dec 24, 2014
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Boiling Crab Opening in Westwood Village

Now that might work!

Dec 24, 2014
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Gayot's 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in LA

Yeah, I dislike Top 10 lists as much as the rest of you, but there's still sort of a train wreck type of fascination for me. Gayot's list is interesting (puzzling?) in that 9 of the 10 are in the San Gabriel Valley (so they're talking authentic stuff), but some are restaurants that haven't made anybody else's Top 10 list. There is no ranking, just an alphabetical listing. Chang's Garden (Arcadia), China Islamic, Din Tai Fung, JTYH, Joss, Lake Spring (aren't they 20 years late?), Luscious Dumplings, Phoenix Inn, Savoy and Sea Harbour. Eclectic if nothing else.

Dec 23, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

You might want to go to Chengdu Taste 2, then. Similar food, shorter wait.

Dec 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

Here's a NY Chinese thread that's been going off and on on the Los Angeles board four five years.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6504...

Dec 23, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Where to get Chinese fried milk custard (脆炸牛奶) in LA/SGV?

King Hua in Alhambra has an appetizer called Crispy Deep Fried Milk.

Dec 23, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

They're using the moniker H. G. Cafe. Typical Hong Kong Cafe fare, which isn't so typical in this part of the world any more. In the back of the center Pho Consomme will be opening up, where the Chinese ravioli place (I believe called Little Q) was located.

Dec 22, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Who eats scallion pancakes for scallions?

Dec 21, 2014
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Noodle World Jr. Opens in Hollywood

Noodle World Jr. has opened up in in Hollywood in Gower Gulch on the corner of Gower and Sunset. It’s Jr. because of a shortened menu of about three dozen items, though the dining area is not small. This seems to be Noodle World’s attempt to break into the fast casual, order at the counter dining market. According to their website they have two other locations, in Upland and Downey, so they’re clearly not aiming at primarily Asian markets. We had wonton soup, Chinese noodle soup and ramen dishes. Food was comparable to what you’d get at their Alhambra location. Not much business at lunchtime during the weekend. Hopefully they do better on weekdays or when the club crowd gets hungry at night.

Dec 21, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

I'm with Clarissa on this one. Personally I find Earthen has the best onion pancakes in town, hands down. So does my "agent", Judy Isozaki, a self-proclaimed green onion pancake addict. (She deconstructs the pancake as she eats it.)

Dec 21, 2014
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Golden Leaf Replaces Ono Japanese in San Gabriel

Golden Leaf, a Taiwanese restaurant, has opened up in the space which I believe was previously occupied by Ono Japanese (and previously a pizza place) on Las Tunas and Mission. Only had time for a couple of the cold salads off the appetizer section. Menu is relatively short and I'll have to check the rest out later. Street address is 717 W. Las Tunas Dr.

Dec 17, 2014
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TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Actually The Old Boys replaces the above mentioned Honeymoon Food. That was sure a short honeymoon. Perhaps it indicates the lack of demand for Hong Kong style food in that part of the world.

Dec 16, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Ipse must have an "in" with the chef. Our visits have been so-so.

Dec 16, 2014
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Charley Brown's Turns Into Chinese Buffet

This is the Charley Brown just north of the Montebello Town Center, in Rosemead. Certainly one of the nicest Chinese buffet premises in the LA area in term of spaciousness and ambiance. Looks like they took over Charley's liquor cabinet, too, as there is a full bar. This is another Chinese buffet clothed in a Japanese name, Kami Buffet and Grill. Some nice touches here in addition to the bar, such as getting an egg fried at the teppan grill, popcorn in the dessert area, and at least 20 sushi items. (Sushi here is marginally better than Kome in Industry.) Weekday lunch is $9.59, dinner $13.99, with senior discounts. Street address is 909 S. San Gabriel Blvd. (Thanks to my "agent" Judy Isozaki for spotting this from the freeway after wondering why the formerly empty restaurant parking lot was so full. Not likely that anyone would pass by here unless you're headed to the freeway or mall.)

Dec 15, 2014
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I'm thinking before then

Dec 14, 2014
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

No, there used to be a Mongolian grill right off of the NE corner of Wilshire and Bundy.

Dec 14, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

The Little Gourmet says the XLB at Costa Mesa are less fatty, and therefore inferior. A matter of taste, I'm sure. She also says her peer group of friends (of the 626 Generation, who you don't mess around with when it comes to eating) prefers Arcadia to Costa Mesa. Also, I'm the last person to bring up the "Y" word on this board (see below), but I'm intrigued by the fact that the Arcadia DTF rates higher on Yelp than Costa Mesa.

http://chandavkl.blogspot.com/2014/11...

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

I think the conclusion is that the South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung does not rate with its international counterparts. So says my daughter Supertina (dubbed by family friends as The Little Gourmet when she was 7 years old), who made her first visit to Costa Mesa and found it inferior to Arcadia.

Dec 14, 2014
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

New branches aren't open yet. I think one is going to be in Culver City. What's at Wilshire and Bundy these days? Used to be a Mongolian grill.

Dec 14, 2014
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Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Singapore Leaf Cafe, 301 E. Valley Bl. in Alhambra, branch of overseas chain, which opened around September.

Dec 12, 2014
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Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Received a voice mail from an informant saying there's a "Coming Soon" hanging from the Singapore Leaf building. If so, that would almost set a record for lack of longevity. Any clarification would be appreciated.

Dec 12, 2014
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Hakkasan. [San Francisco]

Have not been to SF branch, but have been to Manhattan and Beverly Hills. Food is fantastic, but is so pricey that I wouldn't go back unless somebody else was paying. Both times lunch was $50 to $60 per person.

More Chinese Desserts From The South

For some reason, while the San Gabriel Valley generally is king when it comes to Chinese food, much of the advancement in Chinese desserts comes out of the south, particularly from Cerritos and Orange County. Many of the sweet tooth pioneers have come from that region, including 85°C, Guppy House and Milk and Honey. So it’s no surprise that the famous Taiwanese dessert chain, Meet Fresh, has chosen Irvine and the Diamond Jamboree shopping center for its first US location. Though it’s been open since late July, I just made my first visit to the place and signs are they are thriving with over 260 Yelp reviews already, and draw crowds despite a pricey drink and dessert menu where most items run between $5 and $7.50. Their signature item appears to be taro balls for $6.50. The taro tofu pudding was excellent, but I’m not sure if it’s worth $6. It'll be interesting to see if Meet Fresh follows its predecessors and eventually heads up towards Los Angeles.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area