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Memory Fish Pot?

Tony C reported the opening of Memory Fish Pot in the shopping center adjacent to the San Gabriel Hilton less than a month ago. Hours of operation are posted but they weren't open today around noontime. Any intelligence?

MY China - SF

M Y China has a lot of good dishes. But neither the noodle nor vegetable dishes strike me as particularly outstanding.

Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

Yes. that's the location.

Aug 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

JThur01 mentioned it but I'm not sure if it was here or on Twitter.

Aug 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

These days it's anything goes with pairings of cuisine so why not Pho and crawfish, though not in the same dish. There are only six pho selections on the menu are four of them are variations of filet mignon. (The other two are shrimp and chicken.) But I do have to say the filet mignon pho was the best bowl of pho I can recall having a long time, with tasty broth, tasty meat, and properly cooked noodles. The Cajun side of the menu is even shorter--Cajun shrimp with unique Louisiana seasonings, and the Louisiana original Cajun crawfish basket. Also sides of potatoes, corn and sausage. New Generation is at 230 N. Garfield Ave., #D12, in the other arm of the shopping center with Dean Sin World and Spicy Girls.

Aug 26, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anybody Try O'Woks Japanese/Chinese Fusion Kosher on Pico?

As many of you know, my belief is that a single restaurant serving both Chinese and Japanese food should normally be avoided, though it is possible for the combination to work. The newly opened O'Woks at Pico and Bedford (LA) would appear to fall into the lethal category. However I couldn't confirm this since I showed up during their post lunch closure period. So I would appreciate any intelligence out there.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/japanese-...

Aug 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

J Z Restaurant Replaces Golden Spoon in Rowland Heights--Where Will I Get My Cats Ears Now?

Well I know there are other places to get cats ears including Tampa Garden in Reseda. But can you get them 6 or 8 different ways like Golden Spoon did?

Aug 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

J Z Restaurant Replaces Golden Spoon in Rowland Heights--Where Will I Get My Cats Ears Now?

J Z Restaurant which occupied the spot behind Popeye's on Valley and San Gabriel Blvd. for over a decade before making way last year for Boston Lobster, seems to have re-emerged in Rowland Heights at 18347 Colima Road. While this is good news for J Z's Shanghai food fans, I liked Golden Spoon for its wide variety of cats ear noodle dishes. Essentially they offered several different noodle preparations with your choice of noodles, including cats ears. Can't think of any other place that does that.

Aug 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese Food Mania in Los Angeles

Fascinating watching the wave develop so quickly.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/los-angel...

Aug 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Best Food Films - any new additions?

I think it's on Netflix, iTunes, and cable video on demand.

Aug 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Los Angeles: Best General Tsos Chicken?

Except why it's so hard to find in California. But as I said at the Tribeca screening last year, the movie is equally about the hardships that Chinese Americans have faced as well about the origins of the particular dish.

Newport Seafood--A trip worth making

I think it'd be more like $120 on La Cienega. You're right about the lineage of Boston Lobster. Not sure if one was the former head chef.

Aug 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Elp Wok Morphs Into Xi'An Tasty in Monterey Park

The banner at the back entrance says Xi'an Tasty is coming soon, but if you go out front you can see that the Terra Cotta warriors are on duty and the restaurant has been open for several days. Despite the grand opening signs and plants, there seems to be a link to the old Elp Wok. Specifically, when I ate at Elp Wok they had color posters of dishes that weren't on the menu but that they would be serving in the future. Well apparently, the future is now because the pictures are still up and these dishes are all on the Xi'An Tasty menu. The menu is quite reminiscent of that at Shaanxi Gourmet with the Chinese hamburger, pita bread soup, and hand made noodle dishes. Most interesting was the "fried cold noodle", which turned out to be liang pi, stir fried and served hot. Xi'An Tasty is upstairs from the Hong Kong Supermarket at 127 N. Garfield.

Aug 10, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Curses! Lamb House in Rowland Heights is Closed

Yeah, but it's not fair when they close up before I can eat there. And Shen Yang Rowland Heights is gone already? That spot is really turning into a revolving door.

Aug 06, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Curses! Lamb House in Rowland Heights is Closed

Stopped by Monday before last and it was closed because Monday is their off day. Returning today it appears to be closed, period. The hours of operation are no longer posted and there are construction materials stacked up inside.

Meanwhile, in Pearl Plaza, the strange large mall on Labin Court in Rowland Heights concealed behind Denny's and Motel 6, two of the first tenants are already gone. Southern Gourmet, the upscale Sichuanese restaurant is gone, but there is a coming attraction promised soon. Meanwhile, Sno Crave Tea House, a branch of the NorCal chain is gone and already replaced by Snowy Taiwanese Cafe.

Aug 05, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Uyghur Taamliri -- Xinjiang/Kazakh Food comes to the Sunset. [San Francisco]

Greatest concentration of Uyghur residents in the US is DC (actually Northern Virginia, as I recall) so would hope to see action there. Surprised the places that have opened have been in SF and LA instead.

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Rowland Heights is really where a lot of the current activity is with regards to Chinese food.

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

Jul 27, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Incredibly 50 percent of this food court has turned over since my last visit a little under 3 months ago. And the two new places I found last time are among the missing. O'Heavy Noodles replaces King of Mackerel and Shrimp which didn't last very long despite the widespread publicity it received. Meanwhile, May 35 Food replaces an eatery that had no English language name but which translated sort of to Hai Won Xinjiang Style food. (That in turn had replaced one of my all time favorite named Chinese restaurants, Porkaroma). And in the long space along the east wall, Duck Queen replaces Speedy Shilin.

Jul 27, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese Food?

soup├žon is the man who knows Chinese food in Chinatown and the City. If you're looking for Sichuan style food (Z&Y) or Shanghai style (Bund Shanghai) these are excellent options. But what Gary is too polite to say is that on balance, the Chinese food in Chinatown isn't very good when compared to other parts of the Bay Area. So it comes down to what you're used to. If you live somewhere that has good Chinese food you'll still be happy with Z&Y or Bund Shanghai, but most everyplace else would disappoint, particularly the Cantonese/seafood places.

China's Best Is In Alhambra

Actually they're all on Weibo. And aren't there Chinese language Yelp reviews?

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

China's Best Is In Alhambra

I think the only Chong Qing Village report was on this board.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

China's Best Is In Alhambra

Well they definitely take the prize for worst signage on a restaurant. It looks like somebody installed a new, plain green awning over the entire storefront and somebody painted the address, plus delivery options freehand in white paint. Not that it's sloppy--I wish I could print that well. But still, it's clearly hand drawn and kind of tacky.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

China's Best Is In Alhambra

That's the name of the restaurant, China's Best. It's by the Ambassador Inn motel on Valley Bl. west of Fremont, in the location formerly occupied by Bamboo Inn. China's Best would appear to be the reincarnation of Chong Qing Village, a short lived Sichuan style restaurant that was in operation for a very few months last year. I make this statement based on the fact that they're using their distinctive menu (which has no English name on it, but does have the address that Chong Qing Village operated at) which was nicely photographed and had many unusual dishes, such as halogen bean curd and squid feet. Or maybe they just bought them from the used menu store. So if there are any comments about Chong Qing Village on the internet, they probably apply to China's Best. Street address is 2718 W. Valley Blvd.

Jul 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

B F Bakery Cafe

Somebody brought some stuff from the B F Bakery Cafe in the new Alhambra 99 Ranch Market and it was pretty good. Can somebody rank this compared to the 85s, JJs and all of the other places springing up?

Jul 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

I go by there fairly frequently so the closure must be quite recent.

Jul 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Thanks for the update. I need to figure out who's been replaced.

Jul 21, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Soul Hollywood Finally Getting Ready To Open

7046 Hollywood Blvd. Across the street from the originally planned location.

Jul 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hakksan dish recs

How does the restaurant seem to be doing? The Beverly Hills branch is closing this weekend which I find distressing despite the fact that like ipsedixit I'd want somebody else to pay.

Jul 18, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

Diamond Buffet is doing extremely well. Walked in around 2 pm and it was almost full. One thing that was quite conspicuous is that the clientele is about 90 percent Korean. Guess this restaurant has found its niche.

Jul 15, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New York Times Chinese Food Video

Nice that they acknowledge that Los Angeles has the best Chinese food in the U.S. But as Frank Shyong points out, how can you not throw in a mention of the San Gabriel Valley there?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/opi...