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SGV runaround

It's much worse in NorCal. Remember being in Milpitas Square (their version of Focus Plaza) last year at 2:30pm and none of the Chinese restaurants were open. Same deal another time in Cupertino at 4 pm.

about 13 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Drove by Shi Hai this morning and when I saw there was no crowd outside I jumped out of the car and ran in. Negligible wait. (Taking over the former takeout area has increased dining capacity.) Ordered 6 items but only 5 showed up--would have gotten out 20 minutes sooner if they had told me #6 was not available--and after asking three times. The others came out slowly over a 30 minute period.

-Baked bbq pork and chicken buns - Chicken bun was pineapple top, bbq pork wasn't. Both very good, but not superior either. Both also a little on the salty side, which is a little unusual for these items.

-Turnip bowl. Quite good, again not superior.

-Taro egg roll. A little salty and nothing exceptional

-Pan fried shrimp and vegetable roll. Essentially small empenadas. By far the best of the bunch.

Lots of other interesting stuff on the menu. For an interim grading, I'd rank them with Lunasia/King Hua/China Red. Whether it's up with Sea Harbour remains to be seen.

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Agreed that China Red is in that tier.

Jul 22, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

The Orange Chicken Burrito

I really miss the orange chicken sandwiches from East West Sandwiches in Westwood, so maybe this will be a good replacement.

Jul 22, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Looks like they're quite aways from opening.

Jul 21, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

I'm guessing they're still plying their Union Square hotel tourist delivery trade for which Hunan Cuisine might be a better fit than something Sichuanese.

Jul 21, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Well, the restaurant has a double parking lot, one with an entrance on Valley, the other on Garfield. But if you can't squeeze in those lots you may have a good hike.

Jul 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel Valley's Low Price Leader-Szechuan Hot Pot & BBQ in Monterey Park

They raised all their prices by a dollar. The nerve of them. Weekday lunch is 7.99, happy hour 6.99, dinner 10.99, a dollar extra on weekends. AYCE Korean BBQ follows same price schedule. Almost everybody was choosing the hotpot option.

Jul 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

That's what TonyC just tweeted. His Friday Eater LA column indicated that the restaurant just opened. I presume it's going to be a madhouse for quite a while so I'll let the others fight the crowds.

Jul 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

According to the grapevine, the Las Tunas Dr. branch of Newport Seafood will be closing when its current lease expires. Supposedly the landlord asked for a substantial rent increase to share in the extreme popularity of this restaurant and the owners declined. If this is true there are significant implications. This would make the upcoming opening of Newport Seafood on La Cienega's restaurant row not merely a westside branch, but rather its flagship location. As such the feared dumbing down of the menu might not occur. And might we achieve the holy grail of westside Chinese dining, i.e., SGVers coming west for Chinese food?

Jul 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Paprika Potato Chips?

The paprika chips we had in Hungary and Poland were much more subtle than US bbq chips. I actually dislike bbq chips but really like the paprika ones.

Jul 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Paprika Potato Chips?

Anybody in LA sell them? I know Amazon has them for $4 a bag but shipping is prohibitive.

Jul 19, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

Second hand report that their new Sichuan menu is excellent. However since I received the report while I'm here in Poland, it has to be considered unconfirmed.

Jul 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

+1 for Porthos and his reports from New Orleans, Manhattan and San Francisco, among others.

Jul 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Thanks for the update. I'm not even bothering with Chinese food here in Poland. So Man Chan is back in San Gabriel for a third time (Noodle Island was one location--was Sweet Island the other?) I think that ties them with Green Village for recidivism.

Jul 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

ipsedixit - besides being the leader of the SGV mafia, he knows his food equally in many other cities, including Manhattan, Phoenix, Washington DC and San Diego.

Jul 11, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Hakkasan

Hakkasan's LA (Beverly Hills) branch recently ended its lunchtime service and only offers a dim sum sampler at night. It's alarming that Hakkasan NY also seems to be hurting at lunch.

Jul 06, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Little Szechuan in Chinatown [San Francisco]

Only was able to have the Shandong beef roll which was pretty good. Lots of authentic Sichuan items on the menu, such as Sichuan hot pots and shredded potato. But they've got egg foo yung too, so I think caution is warranted in choosing your dishes.

Jul 04, 2014
Chandavkl in San Francisco Bay Area

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

That food court is my Disneyland.

Jul 03, 2014
Chandavkl in Food Media & News
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Hakkasan

Do they even regularly serve the Peking Duck? I don't see it on their online menu and seem to recall that it ran $288, including fancy accompaniments.

Jul 03, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

This thread got out of hand very quickly and I commend you for having found the earlier post. I don't get to Flushing nearly as often as Manhattan Chinatown, so when I do go to Flushing I like to walk the streets to see the changes from my previous visit. I did come across Mulan a year or two ago, found the menu a little puzzling, then was subsequently scared away after perusing some of the online reviews. Should this go on the list for my next visit to Flushing?

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

I think pro-Cantonese biases are in good part historical in background since it was the only version of Chinese cuisine available in the US for well over a century. And I'm certainly not saying that people with other regional backgrounds prefer Cantonese food over food from their own region. What I am saying is that Chinese from other regions often appreciate Cantonese food, which is more that what you can say about Cantonese people, many or most of whom refuse to eat other regional Chinese food (e.g., 95 percent of my relatives). If you go to Chinese communities without many Cantonese residents (e.g., Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis), the biggest and most popular authentic Chinese restaurants are largely Cantonese. When you put all that together, you end up with a wider appreciation for Cantonese food than for other regional styles.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Food Media & News

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Mrs. Chandavkl didn't like SN1's dim sum at all (and she has very perceptive taste buds) so I'm precluded from going back. I thought it was good, not great.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New Tasty Cafe To Be Replaced By Singapore Leaf

In a development that will break nobody's heart, New Tasty Cafe on Valley Bl. in Alhambra (previously home to Face Cafe) has closed. Sign in the window says that Singapore Leaf is coming there. No indication as to timetable.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

You really should get yourself an agent to get this and your other thoughts published.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Can you comment on the J Zhou dim sum? The only report I received was on dinner.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Well they still have their dim sum platter with a few items on it at dinner, but you're right that those unique dim sum specialties aren't around any more.

Jul 02, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chong Qing Village Replaces Beijing Pavilion in Rowland Heights

Perhaps the most extensive Beijing style menu in the Los Angeles area has been replaced by one of the shorter Sichuan style menus at Chong Qing Village. The good thing about Chong Qing Village's menu is that each of the few dozen items is nicely photographed so you have an idea of what you're getting. . Though the menu is short there are some interesting items--a number of ox tail dishes, walnuts with leek, walnuts with yam, squid feet, goat leg, mung bean jelly, and my favorite, crunchy corn kernels with an egg covering. And for some reason they still display the restaurant review of Green Village which was at that location several restaurants ago. Address is 1390 Fullerton Road, #101.

Jun 30, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

That particular style is more of a NorCal type of thing. In L.A. the comparable model is the bakery which instead of serving traditional dim sum to go, has savory items like hot dog bao and stuff like that.

Jun 30, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

San Choy's address (4444 Convoy) was the killer. No Chinese restaurant followed them at that location.

Jun 30, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area