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Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant copied Amazing 66 menu

Shocked silence at this end. Someplace in Manhattan Chinatown you really like? Better than Cafe Hong Kong?

1 day ago
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Farewell To The AYCE Hot Pot Conveyor Belt--Golden Dumpling House Replaces Hot Pot Buffet in El Monte

Well if there was a one of the kind Chinese eating place in the SGV, it might have been Hot Pot Buffet with its conveyor belt that wended its way in and out of the kitchen past hungry diners seated along the conveyor belt path. But alas that spectacle is gone, and I guess I should be happy that I was able to eat there once and take pictures. In its stead is Golden Dumpling House, a restaurant so new that I had to write a highly infrequent Yelp review just to get it on the boards. Besides a nice stable of dumplings and noodles, they'll deliver (something you don't see in the SGV) and apparently customize their product for large orders. Golden Dumpling House is at 9961 Valley Bl., #B.

Meanwhile a couple of blocks away, Thon Vy has opened up in the space that has housed a cast of characters after Dumpling 10053 packed up. It offers an interesting combination of rice vermicelli soup, Hue style food, and an interesting selection of fried rice varieties starting with Yang Chow and ending with French beef. Probably not surprising since all the conversation in the restaurant was Cantonese.

MoMo Crab House and Bakery Update

Following up on a Twitter thread between ClarissaW and JThur01, the crab house side of MoMo Crab House and Bakery (also referred to in signage as MoMo Bistro and Bakery) is in "reorganization" and is temporarily closed. This combination restaurant and bakery expansion of the MoMo empire appears to have opened up a couple of months ago in MonArc Plaza, on Duarte Road, right at the Arcadia/Monrovia border. The crab house side seemed to offer cafe food, mostly pasta, little crab. However, at the moment they're just offering their normal stable of baked goods. Address is 941 W. Duarte Road.

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

I wouldn't be surprised if it's a mixture--more generic items come from the factory, more specialized items made in-house.

Jul 04, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

Not that any restaurant customer would consent to be included in that listing.

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

So the factory churns out dim sum, dumplings, skewers and other items including whole roast duck for "for hotels, grocery stores, airlines and restaurants". Restaurants? Well actually no surprise that there's factory made dim sum being served based on prior Chowhound discussions. But after this article I'm thinking it's a bigger presence that I had imagined and I can't help but wonder who their customers are. (Ipsedixit knows but he's not telling.)

www.laweekly.com/restaurants/whats-it...

What's On The Menu At Hot Spot in Monterey Park? Well, I Don't Know

Driving up to the newly opened Hot Spot at 309 E. Garvey one sees enticing pictures of thinly sliced meats. Taken in conjunction with the name, one would conclude this is another of the ubiquitous new hot pot restaurant openings in the San Gabriel Valley. But walking inside indicates that this is not the case. There's only one table in the place, occupied by a bunch of guys who aren't eating anything. The most I could coax from the limited English speaking proprietor was "lamb and beef" and "lamb skin". He also said "Chinese food" and "not cooked." There's also a display case with small plastic containers of prepared food, including steamed chicken. I'm guessing "lamb skin" meant thinly sliced lamb and that they sell it uncooked so you can make your own hot pot at home.

Meanwhile a few blocks west, don't be fooled into thinking that the twice burned down Fuzhou fish ball restaurant has reopened. Yes, the space is brightly lit and open, and yes, the Fu Yuan Restaurant sign is still outside. But it's not a restaurant operation, but possibly a packaging store.

Jul 01, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: More Changes in Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights

Did Zenith and Fantasy ever open? I know they had a website with a menu, but every time I went by the front was papered over and I don't think there are any Yelp reviews.

Jun 29, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Chinese Discovery in Torrance

Hmmm. I forgot that I revised it to a 20 year rule. Basically, I'd rather not eat at a Chinese restaurant in the U.S. that has been open for more 20 years.

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

Jun 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Chinese Discovery in Torrance

It's been there for over 20 years so under my "15 year rule" I don't think it's a prime eating place. However it's a popular choice for Hong Kong style food in the South Bay so it's fine if you want to stay local and gets mentioned here once every few years. Was most recently noted for having one particular dish, but for the life of me I don't remember what it was.

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Clarissa replies to the criticism.

http://clarissawei.com/2015/06/25/a-n...

Jun 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New In The City of Industry

Some changes in the shopping center on the SW intersection of Gale Ave. and Fullerton Road. S & W China Tasty replaces Cafe 18. S&W is a Shanghai specialist with goodies from XLB to seaweed fish and fish in wine sauce to rice cakes, vegetarian chicken, Shanghai ribs and much more. Owner is a veteran Shanghai style chef. Meanwhile, Sweet Veggie has been replaced by Happy Pot, which serves small Taiwanese pots for $9.99. And Jin Yuan has changed its name to Kingchops to match the name of its sibling restaurants in Taipei and Irvine. A few blocks west on Gale I noticed a new banner outside of Guizhou Taste saying something about all you can eat. Don't know if they have a buffet or you can just keep ordering.

Jun 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Mexicali Style Chinese in Pomona

Cachanilla Chinese Restaurant opened up earlier this year in Pomona serving Mexicali style Chinese food. 305 E. Holt. Out of my normal driving range so I would appreciate any reports.

Jun 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Not A Record But Pho Ga Hai Nam In El Monte Is Gone

Lasted a little under four months, which is longer than Singapore Leaf's recent run. (And historically I think the record is a couple of weeks.) In the old days you could wait for a new restaurant to season because you could be sure it would last at least six months to a year, but no more. Consequently these days you have to run in the moment the grand opening sign comes up. And I feel fortunate to have eaten at both Singapore Leaf and Pho Ga Hai Nam. Oh, and Pho Ga Hai Nam's replacement, Thon Vy, opens this Friday.

Jun 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Top Leaf (Westwood)

Props to you and your cohorts for starting this venture. When I was at UCLA I could barely afford my meals, let alone start a restaurant!

Jun 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Tried Koala Tapioca in Westwood Village?

Passed it coming from Top Leaf. It's at 10965 Weyburn and opened up earlier this year after its successful run as a truck. Since decent Chinese is at a premium on the Westside I was wondering about their food offerings beyond popcorn chicken, described on their website as Asian street food.

Jun 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Golden Unicorn is on a par with the older dim sum places out here like Ocean Star, which will probably set you back $10 or a little more.

Jun 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Pa Pa Walk, Imperial City Closed

More turmoil in the center by the San Gabriel Hilton. Pa Pa Walk is not just temporarily closed but appears to be gone. The temporary closure explanation has been removed as have been the tables and chairs. Meanwhile up on the 3rd level, Imperial City is gone. New exterior signage on the outside of the mall says something like Chang'an.

Jun 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Soul Hollywood Finally Getting Ready To Open

Construction work is in progress. Not sure if this is the same location as originally planned or someplace nearby.

Jun 18, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Pressed Almond Duck

Actually Chinese Garden is in Montebello.

Jun 18, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Kowloon Hong Kong Cafe in Irvine

I've never identified a restaurant as an EB-5 business, but that could explain everything.

Jun 16, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

No Fujian, but the others you mentioned are in the Bay Area. In this regard, the Bay Area is catching up nicely to the Los Angeles area as far as mainland cuisines are concerned.

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

But what differentiates the Bay Area from, say, Los Angeles, is that there are a lot of places for good Chinese food. Yes, there are a few Chinese food wastelands like Marin County. But compare this to Los Angeles where almost everything is in the San Gabriel Valley and a couple of other neighborhoods and millions of people in the San Fernando Valley, Westside, Hollywood, Long Beach, Antelope Valley etc. have to drive some distance (at least time wise) to get anything decent.

Revisiting Phoenix Inn In Chinatown

Many of you know I prefer not to eat in Chinatown, nor, in the US, at any Chinese restaurant that has been open more than 20 years. (If you didn't know, see below.) Phoenix Inn in Chinatown has been open for 45 years, so fails on both counts. Consequently, while their SGV outlets are good, I haven't bothered with the Chinatown branch since 1980, at a time where there might have been a dozen good Chinese restaurants in the entire SGV. However going back there tonight I was surprised to find how good it is now. A couple of dishes, the tangerine fish and the Westlake beef soup were top notch. Clearly the best meal I've had in L.A. Chinatown in a long time. And the kicker is that all the diners were Asians, and specifically young Asians. The only places in L.A. Chinatown with similar demographics are the boba parlors. Phoenix Inn is on the corner of Ord and New High St.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Menuism...

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

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

You noticed I said great. No doubt there's good Chinese food all over the Bay Area in shopping centers or streets like El Camino Real. But what are the best places around, your true destination restaurants? Koi Palace in Daly City? Hong Kong Lounge in the Richmond? Z&Y in Chinatown? Yum's Bistro in Fremont? Cooking Papa in Foster City or Santa Clara? Terra Cotta Warrior in the Sunset? They're all over the place.

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

The Bay Area is different from New York City in a couple of different regards as far as Chinese food is concerned. Bay Area Chinese residents are spread out all over the place, so there is no locus (loci?) of great Chinese dining but rather good choices all over the place. And most of those places are suburban, as opposed to the urban Chinatowns of Manhattan, Flushing, Elmhurst and the Brooklyn Chinatowns, which causes even greater geographical dispersion when looking for Bay Area Chinese. Also no place has the Chinese food courts like they do in Flushing. On balance, Chinese food in the Bay Area is better than Flushing as the latter is hampered by a lack of top quality Cantonese and certain other regional options. But you're not going to find the geographic concentration of good Chinese food in California like you can in Flushing.

Fat Noodle Update [San Francisco]

Yes, but it's steps away from my firm's San Francisco office which is exciting to me.

Fat Noodle Update [San Francisco]

Updating Hyperbowler's note from last September on Fat Noodle, the hand made noodle place opening near 2nd and Mission, it appears progress is being made, but very slowly. There's an alcohol license transfer notice in the window dated last month, though looking at the condition of the interior it's probably several months away from opening.

Top Leaf (Westwood)

FWIW Sproul Hall is not on my Chinese restaurant spreadsheet. But the sub gum was the most Chinese-y dish I ever had on campus.

Jun 06, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chengdu Taste Open in Rowland Heights

Per their tweets. Unless those photos of the crowds were photoshopped.

Jun 06, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area