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Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

I'm not sure of what I mention here at CH or on Twitter, or what I forget altogether, like I did with Visual and Sweet Heart Dessert House. What day is it? Where am I? Am I still alive oh magical cat?

Aug 27, 2015
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Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

Full credit to Kristie Hang, she mentioned it first. Too bad, Fang's Kitchen was a good place. This Next or New Generation replaces Hoy-Ka, correct?

Aug 26, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

WSGV - Western San Gabriel Valley: Alhambra, Monterey Park.
SG - San Gabriel (city)
MPK - Monterey Park
ESGV - Eastern San Gabriel Valley (see any of below)
RH - Rowland Heights
HH - Hacienda Heights
CoI - City of Industry

TAICTOFN - That's All I Can Think of For Now :-)

Aug 22, 2015
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Curses! Lamb House in Rowland Heights is Closed

Chandavkl, thanks for the update. Despite the number of times I've been in Rowland Heights area this year, I haven't managed a run through Pearl Plaza. My schedules have been really tight this year and I haven't had the time to explore.

Aug 06, 2015
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Coming Soon to Temple City: Grand Harbour Restaurant

(*sigh*) Make that "Harbor" (I've been reading too much British-English lately). So, it's Grand Harbor, from the folks behind Happy Harbor.

Aug 02, 2015
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Coming Soon to Temple City: Grand Harbour Restaurant

In the Elm Center Shopping Center at Rosemead and Las Tunas in the space next to Guppy House, where 85°C was originally slated, fencing and signs are up for Grand Harbour Restaurant. Kristie Hang tells me it's a higher end, banquet-style place from the folks behind Happy Harbour. They've also taken the space where Pho Hahn was, so, it's going to be a big place.

Aug 02, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

That looks like a nice version and it is a great Summer dish. Chef Geng hadn't opened when I did the list, but invariably after doing an article on a specific dish or region, some new place opens. Often better than those included.

Jul 29, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Yeah, love Liang's MPK. Great place.

Jul 27, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Yes, Rowland Heights. Isn't there a CH-LA board abbreviation guide? I could swear I've seen one. The only reason I didn't go full is it was long enough as is :)

Jul 27, 2015
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China's Best Is In Alhambra

Yep, it's getting to be that way more and more. Damn kids with their boba drinks, not Yelpin' (grumble, grumble, grumble) :)

Jul 25, 2015
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China's Best Is In Alhambra

Thanks for the report. Sadly, it appears there are no Yelp reviews of China's Best and there weren't any for Chong Qing Village either! I've seen halogen bean curd at Fang's Kitchen, in fact, I had it there.

Jul 25, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

And here I am, busy this weekend ;-) I'll be busy looking into some more places I haven't read about here :-)

Jul 23, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

LOL! I sometimes didn't get to break news because I forgot by the time I made the drive back home. But, eating is a good reason too.

Jul 23, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Well, that was a direct quote from the woman working there. I should have put it in quotes ("branch") to be accurate :-)

With the downhill report for JTYH, FWIW, I'll pass along that the noodle maker at China Tasty does knife-cut noodles*

*the caveat being that I haven't had the knife-cut noodles at China Tasty (yet), so I can't compare to JTYH at its best.

Jul 22, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

Last time I passed by, the signage was still up and it looked like it was in business. I spent much of my time since in the other valley. My time in the SGV has been specifically point-to-point of late without much roaming time. My post was a good natured tweak of the crew here for not being on top of it and keeping us (by which I mean, me) informed :-)

Jul 22, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

I noticed that on Yelp. Gives you an idea of how long it had been since I drove that stretch of SG Blvd. (I think it was March or early April)

Jul 21, 2015
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Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

Battambang has closed. Who knew? Was I the first CH-er to drive down San Gabriel Blvd. since?

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

Since I don't get to write it, thank you for your updates. I appreciate them. I've been so busy, I haven't had nearly as much time to drive around the area, let alone get out and walk much.

Jul 21, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

You're welcome. I've been out in RH/HH/CoI a lot this year, but even then it's hard to keep up with the turnover, particularly in that food court. King of Mackerel and Shrimp is gone, for one.

Jul 21, 2015
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PSA and FYI: JTYH has apparently lost a chef/cook

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

Jul 21, 2015
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New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

Walked in and noticed this sign. Look familiar? While on their break, I talked to the women working the counter and, yep, it's a branch of JTYH that opened just a few days ago. The spot of the "coming soon" photo I snapped a few weeks back has become May 35 Food. Very small menu that features "chinese hamburger" and lamb noodle soup.

Jul 21, 2015
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PSA and FYI: JTYH has apparently lost a chef/cook

Well, they've opened up a branch in Rowland Heights, see separate thread.

Jul 20, 2015
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New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

Barry, thanks for the report. Unfortunately, I think it might get lost in this thread vs. having one dedicated to Old Shanghai Kitchen. I hear you about the spicy food. I absolutely love it, but I also love variety. Don't forget Bamboo Creek as another you gave good marks to.

Jul 15, 2015
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New York Times Chinese Food Video

Did anyone notice that it was done with UC?: "The series was produced in collaboration with the Global Food Initiative at the University of California."

Thus, UC-Irvine prof, thus UCI. Unfortunately, there's no UCSGV, which means no mention of SGV and a visit to Irvine instead.

Jul 15, 2015
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New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

barry, hey I do the best I can. The rest of it is between you and the waitress :) Thanks again for your reports.

Jul 06, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

You must have, because I definitely have. Not to mention the time I was handed a to-go order at a popular Taiwanese snack shop by a Hispanic worker or the number of times I've heard Norteno music coming from the kitchen of a pretty well known Sichuan place.

New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

That's what I was referring to, the broth in the beef noodle soup. I agree, it does need a bit of both. I thought it had a nice clean flavor on its own though, albeit mild.

Jul 04, 2015
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Watermelon Bread, does any SGV Taiwanese bakery have it?

This is getting written up everywhere. Normally, I'd already know by now, but my schedule has been so crazy, I haven't had the time to explore and walk my beat:

https://www.yahoo.com/makers/bread-th...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

Jul 03, 2015
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New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

Thanks. OSK is on my check list too. Oh yeah, you need a bit of black vinegar and a bit of the chili to go with the broth for the Lanzhou-style lamian. Thanks for the report.

Jul 03, 2015
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New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

So, it the old staff from Wang Jia is at Old Shanghai Kitchen, what's the situation at Wang Jia?

Jul 03, 2015
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