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Chinese Spaghetti Restaurant Opens in City of Industry

I saw the signage for that, but it was still in the assembly process. Thanks for the update ipse. Must be something in the RH/HH/CoI area that promotes a Chinese-Italian mash-up.

1 day ago
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Where to get Chinese fried milk custard (脆炸牛奶) in LA/SGV?

I've seen it on the menu at NYC Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park.

Dec 23, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Specifically, Clarissa has the restaurant on her list, not the green onion pancake. She primarily mentions the Shandong Chicken, which is their other specialty at Earthen. The fact that the green onion pancake originates from Shandong and that Earthen is a true Shandong-style place, helps :-)

Dec 21, 2014
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Kam Hong Garden- No more knife cut noodles?

Thanks for the update Barry. How did Kam Hong's knife-cut noodles stack up vs. those at JTYH Heavy Noodle II?

Dec 20, 2014
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TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

...and Gardena and Glendale aren't Los Angeles :-)

Dec 18, 2014
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TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

This writer clearly didn't do his homework, there's nothing in the SGV on the list :-)

Dec 18, 2014
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Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Sorry that you didn't find the scallion pancake at Earthen to your liking, but when making recs, taste is highly subjectively FWIW and YMMV. Clearly you prefer denser, stronger scallion pancakes. I was in the area this past weekend and the only disappointment was not being able to get to Earthen to have one :-) The potato dish is supposed to be that way (lightly blanched and crisp, splashed with vinegar). The shredded potatoes can be found as appetizers at many places, particularly those that have cold tables. Shaanxi Gourmet are especially proud of theirs.

Dec 18, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

What about recs for those of us that don't have Benzorghini's with gold plated rims? :-)

Yeah, if that means anything a notch below $$$ wise on down to Sinbala or Old Country, I'm game.

Dec 16, 2014
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Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Thanks David. That's what I thought. Yes, quite a short honeymoon (good line too). Honeymoon Food came and went in the time since I last was in the area!

Does that bode poorly for Hong Guan in Diamond Plaza? ...or will a Tasty Garden style place serve a demand? (of course, there's the Rowland Garden in the HK Plaza, which was packed this past Sunday).

Dec 16, 2014
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Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

In addition to these, a few doors down in the same plaza, there's a new tea house, The Old Boys. Yeah, I realize a tea house opening is usually only "news" if you're a UCLA student looking for milk teas :) Turns out it's run by the son of the Stinky Tofu King. He's going for a traditional Taiwanese tea & snack place, aimed at guys (car mags, sports, manga).

Dec 16, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Thanks J.L., but I'm often just following up on Chandavkl and TonyC's finds. I'm glad now I didn't have time to look around RH/HH more in September since there have been a ridiculous amount of changes since.

Dec 16, 2014
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JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

Thanks for the report Barry. Concur about the Siu mai. How would you compare them to the Changsha-style at the recently closed Noodles King?

I didn't have any MSG reaction, but then again, I usually don't...so I wouldn't notice.

Dec 16, 2014
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If you are a Beijing Pie House fan ...

Thanks for this WesSabi. Went by yesterday and New JJ is hard to get a read on with a menu kind of all over the place - Shanghainese, Taiwanese, etc. No to go menu yet.

Dec 15, 2014
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Guizhou Flavor In Industry

Stopped in at this place today and it looks to be a player. Nice decor and menu, waitresses clad in traditional looking clothing. The menu is also quite large with many items (148, IIRC). Far more Guiyang-style items than Xu Garden featured. No to go menu yet, so I only got to give it a quick once over. Perhaps this is a Guizhou-style attempt at replicating the approach of the Chengdu-style eateries?

Dec 15, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Visited the area today. Much going on at Diamond Plaza. It will be Hong Guan Cafe. Work going on inside, but still walked in and chatted briefly with someone. A Hong Kong-style cafe with soft opening planned for the 19th. In other Diamond Plaza news, Kickin' Crab (that Chandavkl refers to above) has a non-compliance notice in window, as does Creamistry, an ice cream place nearby that still has papered windows.

Dec 15, 2014
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JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

They seem fairly equal, though all things being equal with Chinese restaurants, the newer one usually has some momentum. Qiwei and Tasty Dining are sister restaurants and share a menu. Happy Tasty definitely has the wider menu. Tasty Dining for just the snacks and/or dry pot, Happy Tasty if wanting the snacks + more. The spicy shrimp cruller is only at Happy Tasty.

FWIW, on my recent visits, Happy Tasty has been pretty quiet, while Tasty Dining still seems to be doing fairly steady business.

China Red for dinner?

No quality drop-off that I've noticed from CT to CT2, plus some added/different menu items at CT2 along with your CT favorites. TonyC's recs of Szechuan Impression or Fang's Kitchen are winners too.

Dec 09, 2014
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SGV: China's Great Noodle Dishes, where can I find three (or four)?

barry, after I get to the 3 or 4 I'm looking for, then we'll tackle the rest. Though opening up the floor to favorite dàn dàn miàn and zhá jiàng miàn could cause a dispute rivaling that over soup dumplings* Despite that, I'm open to suggestions on where everyone's favroties are for the other 7.

*I know they're baos, just wanted to get ipse's attention :)

Dec 06, 2014
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SGV: China's Great Noodle Dishes, where can I find three (or four)?

Jerome, thanks for the reply and the links! I think the restaurant you're referring to might be Northern Chinese Restaurant on Valley. Thanks again.

Dec 06, 2014
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SGV: China's Great Noodle Dishes, where can I find three (or four)?

So, a formal list (yeah, I know "list") of China's 10 great noodle dishes:
http://www.businessinsider.com/its-of...

I've had 6 of them in the SGV and know where to get an 7th, but does anyone know where I can find these?:

杭州片儿川 Hangzhou Pian’er Chuan
镇江锅盖面 Zhènjiāng guō gài miàn, Chinkiang pot cover noodles
昆山奥灶面 Kunshan Aozao noodles*

Also, with the downhill reports for Malan, any other recs for 兰州拉面 lánzhōu lāmiàn? I know the oddly unfocused H&H had great lamian, but the sauces left much to be desired. Anything else out there?

*I realize this seems to be a specific single restaurant, so...not likely

Dec 05, 2014
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China Red for dinner?

Have you tried CT2 in Rosemead? Waits, yes, but much shorter than 2 hours in my experiences. 40 minutes has been my longest wait and that was on a busy Thanksgiving eve.

Dec 05, 2014
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rangoon kitchen in san gabriel

Yes, it is. Hopefully, they re-open at another location. I'm glad I was able to make a few visits.

Dec 02, 2014
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Curtido?

I can't vouch for its quality, but I've seen plastic tubs of curtido at Vallarta Supermarkets.

Dec 02, 2014
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SGV restaurants with Hawthorn Tea or Hawthorn beverage?

Pretty self-explanatory. I've seen Hawthorn Berry Tea and Hawthorn Beverage on store aisles, but don't recall seeing it on any menus. Is anyone aware of any restaurants that have it?

Dec 02, 2014
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fang's kitchen - a review by CH's jthur(01)

I do a double take nearly every time I see that :)

Prices are comparable to Szechuan Impression and Chengdu Taste. Some items about $1 more, some $1 less. But, it's the same type of approach: higher quality, trained chef, nice presentation.

If you're in the area, try to stop in and pick up a menu at their counter for more details on dishes and prices. To me, it's another interesting (and good) one.

Fuji West in San Gabriel

Update (also see thread on Rangoon Kitchen): Went by yesterday and there's a sign in the window for an alcohol license for a galbi restaurant.

Nov 28, 2014
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rangoon kitchen in san gabriel

As posted in another thread, Rangoon Kitchen has closed. Sign in window indicated alcohol license for a coming galbi place.

Nov 28, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Probably should be separated out into another post, but Duke Bakery is also opening an outlet in Arcadia, two spaces to the east of Tofu King on Duarte Rd. (IIRC, the plaza is known as Arcadia Center).

Nov 18, 2014
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Guizhou Flavor In Industry

Do you suppose anyone from Xu Garden moved to Guizhou Flavor? Same province and dishes after all.

Nov 18, 2014
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Xu Garden Closed Before It Opened---Or What?

For a nostalgic look back and for edification purposes...

First photo, Guiyang Style Spicy Chicken. Those are konjac slices.

Second: Guiyang Style Cold Rice Noodles.

Nov 15, 2014
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