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Where can i find REAL CINNAMON--It doesn't exist in the US-PLEASE READ

Hey. taster. Should contribute more. Yelp is a cluster f.

Had good meal at Alma - probably should write it up.

Apr 14, 2014
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Thrillist's Top 8 Dim Sum Places in LA?

My faves a re still 888 seafood and. Ocean star.
The photo of the xiaolongbao on the thrillist page shows again that the list is at best silly, and less charitably, ridiculous. Remember all the hype surrounding Mission 261? Surprised it didn't top this list.

Apr 14, 2014
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Where can i find REAL CINNAMON--It doesn't exist in the US-PLEASE READ

Just a note... There are different grades of cinnamon and cassia. Yunnan and Vietnamese cassias can be very expensive and worth it.

Apr 14, 2014
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Go to pho so 1. On sepulveda, e side of street n of. Victory next to 99 ranch market. Get the beef 7 ways. Might be enough for 2.
From Hollywood on off hours, about 10 minutes or so via fwy.

Apr 14, 2014
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Bejing Duck House

No love for 甚?

Dec 03, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Where does one go for authentic Americanized Chinese food?

because of the question that arises - authentically what?
El Cholo has been around for nearly a century. It's authentic to a certain style of cooking that's not really found in Mexico proper but developed here.

Oct 22, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Anything like Xian Famous Foods?

Do either have yang rou pao mo?

Oct 22, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Candied ginger with powdered sugar?

I tend to buy th ginger at cost plus. Also Cambridge market at whitsett and Burbank blvd has candied ginger I think without any external sugar. You could just roll the pieces in confectioners sugar if you like.

Oct 22, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Where does one go for authentic Americanized Chinese food?

I just bought fresh water chestnuts at 99 ranch. Easily peeled.
Use them in a Hunan dish trad. served in bamboo cups of minced squab or chicken. Used to get this in a restaurant, Xiang garden/ charming garden. They usually made a Pork version.
Lohanzhai can hav ginkgo nuts and water chestnuts. And th starch is very fine... You can buy it in Chinese drugstores...
I grant they are much more common in American Cantonese food, but they're hardly rare on the mainland.

Oct 21, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

noting the wait isn't the same as kvetching about it.
I liked the food fine. there are other sichuan restaurants that are nearly as good on some items (and better on others).

It's a good place. for me, having had to wait 105 minutes for a table was worth it once. for others, have at it. Good to know that the wait at Hart adn hunter on melrose is that long. waits can be trying. I once had a birthday dinner at INK, could only get a reservation at 10, and still had to wait almost half an hour.
there are diminishing returns. does it affect the food? no, not really. does it affect how good it has to be for a return visit with the same conditions? for me, of course it does.

Oct 18, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area
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Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:

Think of Cantonese yum cha, which is what most Americans mean by dim sum, more as brunch. Usually served till about 2:30.

Oct 17, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Where does one go for authentic Americanized Chinese food?

I'd lie to help but not sure what this means. bamboo in Sherman oaks?
Also I don't find laowai to be derogatory in itself. Lao + a surname is affectionate.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Shaanxi Gourmet

I fear the gas bill to the Algarve might eat up the savings.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:

Agree. (Unless op wanted har gow, etc. ;). )

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Lox

For smoked salmon, santa monica seafood has nova(scotia), Irish and Scottish.
For real lox, which is chewier, saltier and drier, and thus nt overwhelmed by cream cheese, on west side try factors deli on pico. Call first
And Yiddish is no more bastardized German than are Dutch, Frisian or English. Modern German comes from old high... Never mind . But many Germanic, incl Scandinavian languages use a form of lax/lox/lachs.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Auto correct. Sorry.
Shige is fine so far as I know. Place was open a few months ago.
Don't remember what I was trying to write last night.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown-L.A. Best Spots for Dim Sum & Bars:

Most dim sum palaces don't offer scallion pancakes or a wide variety of non-Cantonese dishes.
And fwiw, Peking tavern is neither in Chinatown nor does it offer dim sum... From the link below, I see they offer zhajiangmian three kinds of jiaozi, and a few other northern snacks.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

ORange county still great. Shige is dd, but h has great fish, at th LA one.

Oct 16, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Yes. I still post occasionally. And felt like sharing today. Hi back.

Oct 15, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Peking Duck For $288 at Hakkasan

i love this discussion because I've no interest in act going to this place. $288 was the price of the set meal w6 apps and 8 different duck dishes incl. roast duck at the old Quanjude in Rosemead.
What is most curious is that we don't know if it's the open hearth hardwood roasting Beijing roast duck method exemplified by Quanjude or the closed straw-fired oven method with broth in the duck cavity exemplified by Bianyifang. Both authentic, both no older than 1854.
Kaluga caviar? Is that kalifornia beluga? Curious. If someone wants to make a freak fusion duck, hurray. For mo money, Beijing duck house on Rosemead (penglai yuan) has the best in town. One can call 20 minutes ahead and get the h duck started. They don't have the kongxinbing that Quanjude made, a round and more elegant version of shaobing. But hope whoever goes her enjoys it. Could be fun...

Oct 15, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Finally went last week... Never again.
The food was fine, but the line was such, well, we arrived at 5:30 and were seated at 7:15. Nothing warranted that kind if wait, and the management did nothing to free up tables who were sitting nicely, one near the window who hadn't eaten a bite in 15 minutes. Rude man that I am, I walked in, pointed this out to the guy e the list &suggested they bring these three a check while asking if they wanted anything more(two dishes on the table were ordered to have most taken home, apparently)
Food... We had the mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce. Delicious. Rel small serving which was fine. Then, we had the Dan Dan mian. Served warm, almost the exact same sauce as th jelly cold noodles. Mung bean jelly noodles best I've had in SUV. Dan Dan better at the place that used to be Chuan Yu now lucky noodle king. We ordered two entrees. First, although intrigued by the lion fish on the chalkboard (shizi Yu), a tilapia prep., we saw they had homemade Sichuan pickled chilis so we ordered the fish with them. Maybe sole, if its tilapia it's high quality. Spicy but didn't burn. Also ordered steam rice.
Second dish was off the board, guoba fei Chang, rice cakes with pork large intestine, taste like andouillettes... Very earthy, great texture. The intestines(these aren't Xiang Chang -sausages) were cut into maybe 2-3" pieces, mixed with deep fried Guoba(think savory rice crispy treats) and a savory not too spicy gravy.
As an accompaniment to the chili-hot dishes, we got a tasty very mild soup, basically a broth with radish(daikon) slices and thin sliced pork. One can drink the broth instead of tea and it cuts the spice a bit. Total with a nice tip was$20 a head for three of us.
Enjoyed the place but the wait was so bad that I wouldn't go back on a bet. If you can get there right at opening or a bit before, consider it. .20 minutes later? Skip it.

Oct 15, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Help with 'Old' Hollywood Dining itinerary + questions re. Cicada

Too late, but try Chateau Marmont for brunch n the courtyard. And if you go to the Polo Lounge, stick with poached salmon.

Aug 31, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Best Knock your pants off Paella?

wear did you go? still like the Fiduea at LA PAELLA on San Vicente in Los Angeles (near the beverly center).

They have a few different paellas you can try.

The thing is, i like their tapas so much, i rarely get so far as to order the paellas.

Jul 24, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Passover

sounds like you had fun.
just a note: while sfaradim have rice during pesach, all three grains called farro are liable to chametz for sfaradim as well as ashkenazim, and cooked farro is straight out chametz for everybody.

Apr 01, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Passover

It's late but for future info... Shilo restaurant on Pico has s'darim and passover kosher meals from erev pesakh to last day of chol ha'moe'd.

http://shilosrestaurant.com/

tierra del sur is closed for the holiday.

Mar 31, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Carp a la Juive?

I wish... when i needed carp I would go to a chinese fish market, but it live and fresh, have them gut it and scale it and then take it to my mom's or grandmother's back in the day. So fresh that when they sliced it, the tail would smack.
keeping it alive and fresh till it was needed was a great idea. What's fresher than a live fish?

I know it was silly for some to have their bathtub taken over, but the carp would be so sweet when fresh. Too bad she didn't have an expensive fish tank like high end chinese restos. (yes, some hungarian in the background).

fwiw carpe a la juive (which i saw on google) is just a french adaptation of polish Zydowsky ryby or some such, which is a polish adaptation of jewish carp preparations.
Real gefilte fish, where the fish is boned, a layer if meat is left intact next to the skin, the other fish is minced and made into a traditional mousseline mixture, restuffed into the carp and then poached whole... afterwards sliced and served with head and tail intact, very impressive.
Most americans just serve the sliced mousseline mixture, poached.

Mar 18, 2013
Jerome in Kosher

Hosting Chinese Students in Los Angeles - What to feed them?

this lactose intolerance issued has been discussed at length elsewhere on these boards. just anote - in 1982, i had some of the best milk i ever drank - it ws in Shanghai at the Heping hotel. back in the day. pasteurized, not homogenized - cream on top next ot tin foil cap. had heard of this, never saw it until then.
and beijing was famous for yogurt back in 1982 as well - not a recent western import. (see the beijing yogurt you can get here in alhambra0>

Feb 10, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

Passover

will look into it. Would be surprised if tiera del sur was open because it's a holiday. Do you need a plcae this is kosher for passover this year? there may be one or two which would requie prepayment, that kind of thing...
Glad you enjoyed the note.
best

Feb 08, 2013
Jerome in Los Angeles Area

How do you feel about the Michelin guide spurning L.A.?? [moved from L.A. board]

In a way, I'm sorry you weren't here in the 60's and 70's when the Smog really was something. Well, maybe a bad day in San Jose might remind us. Lately, the views have been great. That said
I find this board to be a very good asset. Michelin was best for places approaching classic French and ferran adria style food - La Botte was wonderful (michelin 1 star), but the idea of sitting for 3-4 hours for a full evening of dining is something Angelenos i know do on vacation, but not at home. That's where the real 3 stars come - Taillevent back in the day, etc.
Of course, nothing here serving nearly 10 million people could compare to what you had back home, but if you feel like exploring southeastern LA County, Golden Triangle has been serving Burmese food for decades and i'm pretty sure they have a tea-leaf salad. You could call and check. Again, itwon't be as good, but you won't have to make it yourself.
Golden Triangle Restaurant
7011 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 945-6778
Laphet Thoke is apparenlty on the menu.
You might be surprised as to how many people here are also serious about food and can find excellent dishes.
Again, so sorry you had to leave your happy home. (full disclosure, I enjoy visiting the bay area - after three days i'm ready to leave - then again, i have my faves here and don't want to start a flame war x. is better than y. you love it there and there's no reason for you to change your mind).
PS a quick google search also shows a place with tea leaf salad in the San Gabriel Valley
Yoma Myanmar on 713 E Garvey blvd. NOt that I'd go... in that area, i love China Islamic, Cafe Eight for Guilin noodles, Giang-nan for huaiyang food, and quite a few other places. But they seem to have it. again call
(626) 280-8655

ah heck. No, have no longing whatsoever for the good old Bay Area. So someone else can help.

NOTE: for Cambodian food, there's a huge cambodian population in Long Beach. Anaheim st has some old known places like Siem reap If you feel like exploring, i'd love to read your reviews of the many places they have. Again, maybe not as good, but there's a large number, plus there are probably events with homemade cambodian food like the dance performances at the Cambodian Cultural Center in Long Beach.
Here's a fun youtube with an alternative to restaurant eating
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ljnPlwjIB0
and this page has as list of cambodian places. Enjoy your exploration, as long as you're here.
http://www.doitinlongbeach.com/about/...

Jan 09, 2013
Jerome in Food Media & News

Inexpensive dark chocolate in SW San Bernardino County?

also the farm market just over the line at Cal Poly Pomona has some dark chocolate.
don't know the price but A Kline in Claremont isjust over the line...
A KLINE CHOCOLATIER
210 W 2ND ST
CLAREMONT
91711

Dec 27, 2012
Jerome in Los Angeles Area