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Last Day For Flushing Mall

Well the mall was dead for a long time but the food court had a bunch of good stuff and activity.

1 day ago
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Last Day For Flushing Mall

Wonder where the restaurants will end up, like Diverse Dim Sum and the hand drawn noodle place and all the others. Wondering if someone can translate this better than Google.

http://www.worldjournal.com/bookmark/...

1 day ago
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

We're past Claremont. More like Corona.

Jan 29, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

Somebody once said on this board (I'll assume it's ipsedixit since he makes most of the clever comments) that Westsiders who complain about the trek to places like Monterey Park and San Gabriel for Chinese food will look back at going to the west SGV for Chinese food as the good old days, as the locus of Chinese food moves well to the east. Here's documentation from ClarissaW

http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/s...

Jan 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

I also like the "Hungary Hot Dog" at Cube Cafe, which when I first saw it thought it might have been a language mangling description, but which in fact accurately describes a paprika hot dog baked in a bun.

Jan 27, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

+1 for the white chocolate bun. How does the Jia Pon opening compare to 85°C for craziness?

Jan 27, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Well as I noted in the post on Mr. Lamb Restaurant, Rowland Heights-Hacienda Heights-Industry had been a particularly Taiwanese bastion, but the mainlanders are in the process of moving in. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese headed further east, first to Diamond Bar, then Chino Hills, and now Eastvale (Corona).

Jan 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Tony C On Tiki Cocktails at Twin Dragon

Some interesting historic stuff here.

http://la.eater.com/2015/1/26/7908757...

Jan 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Mr. Lamb Opens in Industry

For many years, the Chinese food scene in Rowland Heights has been dominated by Taiwanese cooking, with dozens and dozens of Taiwanese eateries all along Colima, Gale, Nogales, and the other streets of the area. However, the east San Gabriel Valley is too falling prey to the phenomenon of the west San Gabriel Valley with the rise of mainland Chinese cuisine. While this isn't exactly news even in the Rowland Heights-Industry-Hacienda Heights area, seeing a restaurant called Mr. Lamb opening up was a real slap in the face for me on this point. Though their website (www.mrlambcali.com) says they specialize in Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine (and also indicates they're new to the state, since Californians never refer to "Cali"), I think Mr. Lamb is better categorized as Western/Northwestern Chinese food. For one you walk in and see two tapestries on the wall picturing camels and a third depicting what I would describe as Chinese minarets. The menu includes sections for platters (e.g., chicken, water boiled fish, lamb) running from $16 to $26 and skewers. Menu items include beef goulash with potato, and many lamb and spicy items. I had the Xinjiang fried noodles with lamb, one of a handful of dishes with Xinjiang in the name, including Xinjiang fried noodle soup. Nice and chewy as expected. Mr. Lamb is at 17863 Colima Road.

Jan 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Family Day in Flushing...Looking for Baked Char Siu Boa and Bakery Recommendations.

Yes, Grand Restaurant is OK but nothing distinguishes it from the other big Cantonese places in Flushing.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Pok Pok is an icon in Portland Oregon--what about Brooklyn?

They also just opened one of two new locations in Los Angeles. Agree that what's hot in Portland doesn't make it a must visit in New York. First LA location is OK, but certainly no revelation.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Thanks. Appreciate all your reports.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

ROC Kitchen To Playa Vista

I had heard that they were planning two westside locations and one was Culver City, but I hadn't heard about Playa Vista.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

ROC Kitchen To Playa Vista

As best I can tell there currently is no Chinese food in Playa Vista. However that figures to change soon with the opening of ROC Kitchen in the Runway Shopping Center. I don't get to that part of the Westside very often, so I don't know if the shopping center itself has opened up or not, but it seems like it'll be sooner than later.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Asking for vegetarian in Flushing Chinese Food Courts/restaurants

Thanks! The only chicken sheng jian bao I've ever encountered was in Concord, CA in the east SF Bay region.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

That is an absolutely excellent point. I appreciate reports of new openings from people like scoopG and Lau, but I find it a little disappointing that I come to New York two or three times a year and end up reporting new New York Chinese restaurants on this board myself. On the LA board, in contrast, I have commented not in jest that there are "teams of Chowhounds criss-crossing the San Gabriel Valley searching for the latest Chinese restaurant openings." There's hardly a Chinese restaurant opening in the San Gabriel Valley that doesn't get reported and indeed it's usually a race to see who reports it first. And this phenomenon extends far beyond Chowhound in Los Angeles. There's a Chinese Facebook group devoted to postings of Chinese restaurant discoveries--and the group has 4,800 members. We're in the midst of a Chinese food frenzy here in Los Angeles, so the Chinese food here better be the best around to satisfy the picky eaters out here.

Jan 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

Clarissa came back to LA from NY 2 years ago and does travel back to New York on occasion, so I wouldn't dismiss her knowledge of New York Chinese food. She is truly on top of the Chinese food scene here, as I suspect she was in NY, the first Chinese food critic to go into the kitchen and speak with the Chinese chefs. She will eventually pass my 6,000 Chinese restaurant mark, assuming she keeps track of where she eats.

Jan 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

For specific meals you are definitely on point. You also bring up an interesting point that I've noticed a few times--one's friends and family in another town are not necessarily the best judge of what's available in their hometowns. I think people, particularly those who are not food obsessed, find someplace they like and don't explore further. I remember when a relative moved to Houston and they had no clue where any good Chinese food was. We had to show them when we came into town. This has also happened in the Bay Area and some other locations too.

Jan 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

I think she's talking depth, breadth, innovation and quality. In a short article details have to be left out. The mantel did not pass from SF to LA overnight in the 1980s. Indeed, it passed through New York probably in the late 1980s and 1990s. How can I say that? Well, until the early 1980s, we down here in Los Angeles would talk about the great SF Chinese restaurants we wanted to visit, and that subsequently shifted to the great NY Chinese restaurants we wanted to try. It was only when Bay Area residents started driving down to LA for the weekend to eat Chinese food that it was clear that the tide had shifted. If you're looking for the real watershed in the ascendance of Los Angeles Chinese food, it was probably 2002 when the Vancouver based Sea Harbour opened up in the area. That was followed by a proliferation in regional cuisines and innovations never seen before, some of which have hit New York, others which have not.

Jan 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

Note that this thread has been highlighted in a recent article by Clarissa Wei, comparing the Chinese food in Los Angeles with New York. Clarissa lived in New York for 4 years and was Chinese food reviewer for Village Voice, so she is well familiar with the food on both coasts. This thread has also just generated a food fight on another board called Mouthfuls (which won't even let me register), even though this is a two and a half year old thread. A lot has happened in the past two and a half years, as the Chinese food in both Los Angeles and New York has improved even more. Los Angeles has seen a new style of high quality, modern Sichuan style dining, propelled by the influx of newly rich migrants and investors from Sichuan province. Meanwhile, New York, particularly Flushing, has seen a significant broadening of the regional Chinese food base. Consequently, readers who try to interpret this thread like a judge trying to interpret a statute may be missing the mark

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/how-l-a-b...

Lunasia (Pasadena)

Thanks for coming to hear Clarissa and me speak. Actually the others went to a pizza place on Fair Oaks, but I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out Pasadena Lunasia. Personally the short menu takes much of the fun out pf it.

Jan 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Wedding Banquet -- Help Please

Five Star requires $50 per person minimum for their private rooms.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Wedding Banquet -- Help Please

While 5 Star has private rooms, there's a hefty per person minimum order requirement. The Monterey Palace private room (upstairs) did not have a minimum charge when we booked it.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Lunasia (Pasadena)

I think it's a different demographic on weekdays. Mostly non-Asians at lunch today.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Wedding Banquet -- Help Please

Seafood Village turned me down for such a request because it interfered with prime Sunday lunch time. I think they wanted me to take 1:30 or 2 pm. We ended up at Monterey Palace on Garvey.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

I recall the Fung Bros. commenting after a visit to New York that there was nothing in the way of a second generation foodie culture in that part of the world. I think the one thing that distinguishes LA and the SGV from the Bay Area in this regard is that the Chinese up there are spread out all over the place. Good Chinese food is almost everywhere in the Bay Area except Marin County. As a result, I think the people don't venture as far geographically up there. Down here it's concentrated in a single (albeit spread out) area of the San Gabriel Valley. So down here, 40,000 people show up to the 626 Night Market, but nobody is going to drive from Fremont to Cupertino for a like event up there, and I think that ups the whole food vibe down in Los Angeles.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

As Clarissa pointed out there is no Fujian in LA (except for Foo Chow in Chinatown). I agree Flushing is a slightly better place for Dongbei as there are more places and new ones seem to be opening all the time. Since Clarissa lived in New York for four years and wrote for the Village Voice she clearly knows the broad Chinese food scene in New York. For a macro view, I can't fault Clarissa's article.

Jan 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Triple licensee. Also real estate broker.

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Good to know you were the block busters. Nothing that I know of in La Cañada.

Jan 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

But as you recall, my name became "Mud" in New York when I said the same thing.

Jan 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area