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Wok fried broad noodles

And strangely, you do find it in neighboring Malaysia.

about 2 hours ago
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

Looking for an authentic, memorably kick-ass, bowl of Hot and Sour Soup somewhere in the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. Any strong suggestions? Thanks.

That explains why it was closed when I drove by, with a sign taped to the door. Must have been announcing the changing of the guard.

about 5 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion Reopening Soon

Couldn't go since I'm in SF.

Dozen New Restaurants in Rowland Heights Shopping Center

Seemed the same to me. We've discussed on this board how much the "central kitchen" that they use leads to consistency. The beef rolls are definitely the same.

2 days ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

But as the article said, there really hasn't been much in the way of authentic Chinese food near by to UCLA or USC despite the large Chinese student population for quite a while. However, I wasn't aware of the fact revealed by TonyC that the fast food place in University Village by USC had a secret Chinese menu. More choices for CSUN students with Tampa Garden and Hot Wok Cafe in the area.

Oct 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

There's liang pi near La Brea?

Oct 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Oct 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dozen New Restaurants in Rowland Heights Shopping Center

Adding to the task is the fact who knows how long any one of these places will last. While you access the center from Nogales, you could be driving down Nogales and not know that the shopping center is there. It was pretty much dead there this afternoon.

Oct 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dozen New Restaurants in Rowland Heights Shopping Center

This is a follow up posting on the new shopping center wedged between the Pomona Freeway and the driving range, recessed behind a number of businesses fronting Nogales Ave. south of the freeway. A few of these have yet to open. There's Stew House ($26 stew pots), 101 Noodle Express, Snow Crave Tea House (first LA branch of a Bay Area chain), Hide Out (another tea place), Ishi Sushi, My Kitchen, Stone Age Restaurant, PP War Cafe, I Do Juice, Good Eats, Gui and Southern Gourmet.

We have a lot of work ahead of us.

Oct 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

Actually I think the Yunnan fish broth noodle dishes are the real highlight. Also there is some straight Cantonese, particularly noodle and rice dishes.

Oct 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

1308 E. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra. China Tasty is a mashup of Sichuan, spicy grilled items and leftovers from MaMa's Kitchen.

Oct 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

Fish fillet with sing gua was quite good.

Oct 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

Cha Chang Tang on Mott St. if you don't mind cafe style and 85 Restaurant on Chrystie.

Oct 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

The Chinese restaurant copycat issue was actually discussed once at a Chinese American business seminar. The conclusion was that Chinese businessmen had no imagination.

Oct 13, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

I was thinking about that myself. Goes back to the 70s and Chinese delis. OTOH, TonyC has indicated that a lot of the new money coming into the US is Sichuanese so that may be an alternate explanation.

Oct 13, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

Like what seems to be a clear majority of new Chinese restaurant openings, Fang's Kitchen is Sichuan style. Heavy on the rabbit, including spiced rabbit head. Only open for dinner at the present. Not sure if we're reaching the saturation point for Sichuan restaurants, or whether we're becoming a suburb of Chengdu.

Oct 13, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

You may have literally been first on the scene. No Yelp reviews of Fang's Kitchen (and believe me the SGV community races to post on Yelp faster than we post here) and there was a current Yelp review of Giang Nan from the end of August.

Oct 13, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

This had turned into one of the better restaurants in the area. However I stumbled across a new Yelp review from yesterday describing a drastic change for the worse. Any buzz out there?

Oct 11, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Searching for a great scallion pancake

Earthen hands down. Either location.

Oct 11, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Most Improbable Noteworthy Chinese Restaurant in LA? (Food For Desperate Travelers from Sichuan in Downtown LA)

Well the plastic bags they use are in Chinese.

Oct 10, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Most Improbable Noteworthy Chinese Restaurant in LA? (Food For Desperate Travelers from Sichuan in Downtown LA)

It's Phoenix Chinese Buffet in Barstow, in the Barstow Outlet Mall. It's in a nearly abandoned building. Wait--that describes the entire mall these days. It's towards the back. (How that mall disintegrated and the Tanger Mall across the street grew and thrived should be written up for some kind of business textbook.)

Oct 10, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

New Rowland Heights Shopping Center With Chinese Restaurants?

One of my spies mentioned this in passing. It's called Pearl of the East, and it's behind Nogales St., south of the Pomona Freeway. Any eyewitness reports would be appreciated.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pearl-of-the-...

Oct 10, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Most Improbable Noteworthy Chinese Restaurant in LA? (Food For Desperate Travelers from Sichuan in Downtown LA)

This is more of a curiosity than a place for Chowhounds to check out, but it is also symptomatic of how Chinese transitorily in the US (visitors, students, businessmen) are affecting the face of Chinese food here. The Cutting Board deli is a sandwich shop in the moribund World Trade Center on Figueroa. I stumbled there almost 15 years ago to find that they had a Chinese noodle dish or two on the menu in addition to the regular sandwich fare. However I did not know until recently via a heads up from son of Chandavkl that The Cutting Board had slightly upped the Chinese ante. Actually, they only have five items out in a small steam table--egg fried rice, beef balls, chicken wings (non spicy), tofu vegetable chicken (made with Sichuan chili oil) and tofu vegetable beef (similarly spicy). I wouldn't call it truly authentic Chinese, but it is clearly geared at Sichuanese and other Mainland Chinese desperate for their brand of Chinese food (a.k.a. the Chinese stomach). But the thing is that the food was quite tasty. It's not like they're getting crowds of people. However, apparently there are enough Chinese passing through the World Trade Center and the LA Hotel across the street looking for the really spicy stuff to make it worth their while.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/the-chine...

Oct 10, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Meizhou Dongpo

Oct 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Best general Chinese food restaurant in Irvine?

J Zhou on the other side of Jamboree in Tustin is the best. But you'll pay (and pay).

Oct 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Osaka Seafood Buffet-Hacienda Heights Closed

The Fujianese effect is largely nonexistent in Los Angeles. Indeed you have to search far and wide for Fujianese food in California where there's maybe one or two restaurants. Most of the Fujianese action is east of the Mississippi River because Fujianese restaurant owners and workers largely stick to locales accessible by bus to Manhattan Chinatown. However there are some who have moved further westward in recent years.

(Don't let the title of this article fool you.)

http://www.menuism.com/blog/monday-ch...

Oct 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Osaka Seafood Buffet-Hacienda Heights Closed

I use Orlando as an example since I was there last week, but they're thick throughout many parts of the Southeast. Once drove through Gainesville FL and saw at least six buffets on a quick drive through town. Of course the interesting question is "Why?" I think you've hit on it--the relative sophistication of Chinese food in LA. Buffets are also a lowest common denominator type of thing. You don't see them much in SF or NYC either.

Oct 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Osaka Seafood Buffet-Hacienda Heights Closed

Agree with you on the quality issue, but Chinese buffets are extremely scarce here in Los Angeles compared to places like Florida and Texas. If there were the same density here as those places there would be a thousand or two thousand Chinese buffets in the Los Angeles area. In fact, there are just a few dozen. When I was in Kilgore, Texas, I found three, in a city of fewer than 15,000 people.

Oct 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Sizzling King Rises from The Dead (And Other Alhambra News)

So Sizzling King was replaced at 525 W. Valley Bl. last December by Yummy Tea House, except that the Sizzling King name never came down, but rather was demoted to secondary status. Then Yummy Tea House closed down recently, and the Yummy Tea House signage came down.. But the Sizzling King signage stayed up, and apparently the location has reopened as Sizzling King.

Also two other new restaurants appear to be ready to open up in Alhambra fairly soon based on new signage. China Tasty takes over the spot previously occupied by MaMa's Kitchen, while Hibachi Gold Buffet's signage is finally up over on Commonwealth Ave. at the former Golden Coast buffet location. I say finally because they were supposedly going to open up Memorial Day weekend, but summer came and went without them opening.

Oct 06, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Osaka Seafood Buffet-Hacienda Heights Closed

Yes, part of the same chain. The Hacienda Heights location was the only truly authentic one.

Oct 06, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area