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No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

Maybe... :)

I already know most of the skewer places, especially "Skewer Row" on Garvey. I just wondered if Tony has any new favorite (beyond SY).

Besides, you guys haven't been of much help in that area lately, so don't flatter yourselves :D

Feb 27, 2015
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No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

Any current favorites for skewers?

Feb 27, 2015
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SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

Yep, though I'm looking for it in a restaurant setting and (hopefully) filled with red bean.

Feb 16, 2015
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SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

I wouldn't know. I don't roll that high :-) The only time I had a gratis dessert, it was hot red bean soup, no tang yuan.

Feb 15, 2015
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SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

Thanks. Which Jue Wei? Arcadia? San Gabriel? Rowland Heights? All of above?

Still looking for a red bean version.

Feb 15, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

I'm expecting a full report on the search for Beijing Mustard Cabbage in Portland! Good luck to you and thanks for, well, things like the Beijing Mustard Cabbage. You seeking it set me off on a quest for it. If they're still making it, perhaps you should place an order for it @ Beijing Restaurant in San Gabriel, just for old times sake.

I've enjoyed posts on your SGV experiences and searches.

Best wishes on the move and your Portland future.

Feb 15, 2015
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SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

Looking for favorite and different 湯圓 / 汤圆 or yuanxiao. I know most Shanghainese places at least have the black sesame filled. I've heard good things about Mei Long Village and Wang Jia. Any others?

I'm especially interested in finding a red bean version. Does anyone know of any place in the SGV that has red bean filling? Or, for that matter, any other versions, either sweet or savory?

Yes, this is for an article, but, dammit...I just want to have some.

Feb 14, 2015
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chinese cuisine fesival 2015

I'm not here to rain on anyone's parade, there are others here who do a far better job of that than I :) If you want to support Chinese Cuisine Festival, good. If you don't that's your prerogative. I like several of the restaurants and more people going to them is a good thing at any time.

Feb 13, 2015
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chinese cuisine fesival 2015

More importantly, did you go somewhere today for lunch? If so, where and what did you have?

Feb 13, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

chinese cuisine fesival 2015

According to the ICON spokesman/organizer, they wanted folks from all backgrounds and all over Los Angeles to attend. Y'all can discuss that :)

Feb 13, 2015
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chinese cuisine fesival 2015

All which goes a long ways in explaining why I passed on writing about it this year. Though last year proved I wasn't above essentially re-writing a press release, which I'm sure all food writers have done. Hopefully, that's my only one.

The number of page views and sharing and likes on social media. smh.

Feb 13, 2015
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Where can I get frozen raccoons?

Last night, I was sitting in a teahouse in San Gabriel and I overheard the guys across from me talking about getting some spicy raccoon soup :)

Feb 12, 2015
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

Wow, where is everyone? I've had several dishes at SI and enjoyed them all, but will +1 TonyC's list, particularly Cinderella's Pumpkin Rides (the pumpkin donuts) and the steamed rice powder lamb. I actually like lamb steamed in the rice powder more than pork done in the same way...or is that sacrilege to admit?

Feb 04, 2015
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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

Hard to decide where I'd rank them among the panoply of XLB, but, if Tony ranks them that high, that's good enough for me. Dragon Mark was always solid. That's with the caveat that there is still the connection. More than anything, you've reminded me that I need to re-visit. Barring any change, it's still the best (only?) late night option for XLB, 'specially in MPK.

Jan 31, 2015
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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

As it turned out, for a short time after it opened, P.P. Pop had some, erm, interesting items on their menu: grilled ginkgo, grilled sparrow. They dropped those a while back. Still a good place for late night eats in MPK, really one of the few options outside the ubiquitous nearby HK cafes.

Sorry for being tardy in my reporting, but I come up with so much and by the time I make the long drive back, brain my is tired.

Jan 30, 2015
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The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

With a few Taiwanese places near UCR, someday there's got to be a chou dofu equivalent of the golden spike somewhere west of Riverside.

Jan 29, 2015
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The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

Yep, I believe that was ipse. I paraphrased that for my 2012 SGV trends/round-up piece. As families grow and next gen moves out, they have to move to newer suburbs. So, it's like white folk only with far better food than Applebee's :)

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Thanks blimpbinge! Not a huge menu, but I haven't found any place having that many items at one spot. And, yeah, the hours can be tricky, being weekdays only 'til 7PM.

Jan 28, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Apparently my merit badges have been lost in the mail or someone is stealing them from my mailbox. Seems I should at least get a 酸白菜的十字架 for my Dongbei campaign :)

Jan 24, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

No, not necessarily. Have you been to the SGV? There are dozens upon dozens of restaurants clustered within reasonable walking distance (often several per strip or mini-mall). The "strung out" myth always comes up when comparing the SGV to Flushing, but it's really a non-entity. Are parts of the SGV far flung from others?, well, yes Alhambra and Rowland Heights are, but in each city there are imminently walkable sections with a multitude of restaurant options. Instead of viewing the SGV as a whole, in this case one needs to compare the 1 mile stretch of Valley in San Gabriel, or around the insections of Garfield-Garvey (Monterey Park) or Las Tunas-Mission or Baldwin-Duarte (Arcadia) to Flushing. And I think those examples compare well.

Part of my M.O. is to park somewhere and walk up and down a street, mainly Valley, but Garvey or Las Tunas work too. Along the way, I check out new places, get menus and get exercise as well :) It's especially good to do it between lunch and dinner :) So, remarkably similar and, I agree, that's the way to go (when not having to go/do something specific).

Jan 22, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

As others have pointed out, there are several Dongbei restaurants in the SGV. Fujian, no. Occasionally over the last several years, there's been one, but they never seem to last long.

Parking isn't usually an issue in the SGV either*, well, except on CNY. So, you don't even have that advantage :)

*the caveat being that some of the lots can prove interesting to manouever in and around, but spots are usually found. If the lot is full, or a mess, curbside parking is usually available, often times ridiculously nearby.

Jan 22, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

IMO, overall, Shen Yang in San Gabriel has the deeper menu and seems to do more dishes at least slightly better, while Shen Yang (MP) is more for the bones, skewers and cold noodles, especially with beer and TV. YMMV. They seem pretty equal for the most part otherwise.

I've seen quite a bit of that type of je ne sais quoi around the SGV.

Jan 20, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

Thanks ray.

Jan 20, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

Thanks barry. I was beginning to think there was liitle love for the Dongbei. The mung bean noodles are one of my favorites. I really enjoy them.

Jan 18, 2015
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HK style desserts

Was going to reply and then noticed TonyC picked all three I was going to mention, so +1 on them.

Jan 13, 2015
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SGV: Favorite Zhá Jiàng Miàn?

Without wishing to start a war, does anyone have favorite places for Zha Jiang Mian in the SGV?

I recall some spirited discussion in the past over 北京炸酱面 preferences.

Full disclosure, it is likely make its way on to a list, but I also just plain would like to know, so I can get me some.

Jan 12, 2015
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It's two years late, but I finally managed to watch that Cooking Channel show where Huge Tree Pastry was featured

Thanks for the tip Mr. T. That's a good episode. Saw it at the time (before cutting the cord). Better yet, visited Old Country with my brother shortly afterwards. As we were leaving, he told the woman at the counter: "Saw you on TV" She seemed surprised and asked again. He repeated it. As we walked out, the waitresses were jumping up and down excitedly :) I've been waited on by most of the people featured in the clips.

Jan 07, 2015
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Mama Lu 3 Returns

I was confused by the Shau May situation too, 'cos as recently as 2010-2011, the MP and Alhambra outlets shared a menu that had both locations on it. I assume that's changed?

And, for that matter, do the Lu family still run Dean Sin World?

Jan 04, 2015
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A+ Tea House Opens in San Gabriel

Thanks Chandvakl. No plans to publish "the list" this year, so it's all up to you. I continue to appreciate the work you, TonyC, myself and others here do to keep track of it all though.

What does it say about me that I realized this was the Hot Stuff Cafe site?

Dec 30, 2014
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SGV Tea/Snack changes: Ozero, Tasty to Go, JJ Tea House - gone

You know David, that occurred to me afterwards. Apparently the Little Tokyo branch has also changed to Twinkle Brown Sugar.

Dec 27, 2014
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