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10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

There are a smattering of Liang's Kitchens around (Monterey Park and San Diego for two), but they're autonomous and left to their own devices.

Apr 29, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

I love Liang's. I haven't tried out the cold deli table there, because I've been too busy having lamb dishes, but I will when I can. If I would have done the list weeks later, Liang's would have been on it.

Fang's is quite worthy. It's a shame it doesn't get mentioned a breath behind Chengdu Taste and Sichuan Impression.

I still need to try out more at Shen Yang (thanks for the report on the updated menu), but I've enjoyed what I've had there.

I also cop to enjoying the fish dumplings at Qingdao Bread Food. I've plopped down 二十 for a bag o' frozens to take home on multiple occasions. If there are any other frozen fish dumplings that are 1. better or 2. a better deal, I'd be interested in hearing where.

Apr 29, 2015
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More Wuhan At 2188 Spicy Shrimp in San Gabriel

There's a Qi Wei Kitchen is San Diego now as well. What else from Wuhan? Dou pi, the donuts (mian wo) and plenty of lotus root, but I'm still waiting for the Huangshi Cake and Hongshan Bolts!

Apr 22, 2015
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Spicy in the North SGV, Tomorrow

I'm reluctant to do so without more recon, but the former Lu's Garden at 921 S. Baldwin has turned into Chong King. Reportedly, it's the same folks that ran Chung King on Garfield in Monterey Park, so...it depends which regime as to how worthy it is. YMMV, etc.

Apr 09, 2015
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The SGV sucks

These damn kids and their boba drinks and hot pots. Fiddledeedee! Now, back in my day...

Apr 09, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Bahooka is Closing

I once drove by a place without signage in the SGV only to see someone post a photo of new signage time stamped less than an hour after I'd passed by!

Apr 01, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

So, JJ Bakery is going in there? Is it the space next to Guppy House that 85°C was going in until nixed by the Starbucks clause? ...or are they taking over the Applebee's?

Mar 25, 2015
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SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

Yeah, I wonder about that too. Both the international chains, what with Duke and Bake Code arriving and 85°C expanding as well as the smaller local chains and independents. It's going to be interesting. There are going to be some winners and losers.

Mar 24, 2015
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SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

Yes! Thanks blimpbinge. Valley Square has had so much turnover over the last year+ that I have trouble recalling what was where.

Mar 24, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

Saturday (3/21) Bake Code opened in Focus Plaza, San Gabriel. Their first U.S. outlet

2188 Spicy Shrimp also opened Saturday in the former Hunan's/Hunan Style in SG.

The former Yunnan 168 had work going on with signage in English of Chengdu Pot Franchise Holdings.

Kai Ramen has opened in Alhambra's ever-changing Valley Square. It's next to New Noodle Guy. Even I can't recall what it replaces (calling Chandavkl).

I've wound up in the RH/HH/CoI area far more this year than the WSGV and over there...

Duke Bakery (see separate thread) opened in Diamond Plaza in RH on Sunday. Their first U.S. outlet.

The former sushi place in Diamond Plaza had work going on inside, no clue as to what is next.

Cube Cafe and Bakery will become the Rowland Heights location of Bake Code.

Last and least, a couple doors down from Easy Earthen, next to Tea Light Kitchen in the plaza on the NE corner of Fullerton & Colima, there was a "coming soon" sign.

I'm sure much of this is old news and I'm sure I've forgotten more, but the long drive back home knocks it out of my head :)

Mar 24, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

I wondered that myself and noted it. I was looking for the oldest still operating at the same location anyway, so it didn't really matter. Old Country Cafe and Lee's Garden ranked 1 and 2.

Mar 24, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

Full confession: I didn't remember as I wasn't around Los Angeles then. But, I went through old Yellow Pages to find the oldest Chinese restaurants still in operation c. 2011.

Mar 23, 2015
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SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Wow, they both were busy Sunday. Bake Code already set for more locations in Buena Park and Rowland Heights, Duke for Arcadia and a couple others as well. And 85°C keeps expanding. Bakery-mania.

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

Wasn't Mama's Kitchen on Monterey Pass? Like, in the 80s? Thanks for the report.

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Cube Cafe and Bakery--Copycat Alternative To 85°C

Cube is closed. The space will become the Bake Code location in RH.

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

While there weren't lines out the door and 'round the building like 85°C, both Duke and Bake Code were rather busy on the inside. Like, difficulty in reaching bread around others busy.

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

No, but the fellow from ERS who brought Duke Bakery to RH was there to greet, thank and chat with folks :)

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

It was hectic, but mainly because it's a smaller space with more people per size.

Mar 23, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

I enjoy them in as substitutes in Chinese and Thai noodle recipes. My best results have come after letting them sit in cold water for a while and then giving them a quick parboiling. Japanese markets and Chinese markets in the SGV have them, most commonly vermicelli and angel hair. I love the broader noodles from Spring Hill, but I have trouble finding those outside of the Rowland Heights area now. You can get konjac (yam noodle) knots and blocks you can slice yourself (if you so desire).

Mar 21, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Thanks blimpbinge. Good info.

Mar 18, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

False claims? Apology from celebrity spokesperson? Insider trading? Sounds like they'll fit in perfectly in America :)

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

^ This. This is the kind of info I love. And, yeah x2 on 85 Degrees. I can't compare the polo bun, but my last couple of visits to HH, there was a bit of a drop-off. It was still ok, just not as good as earlier. More disappointingly, the selections were far fewer.

I'm thinking 85 feels the threat of Duke is real, considering they've added a new line of breads reminiscent of Duke's specialties.

Mar 17, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

blimpbinge, thanks. I'd appreciate the heads up, so I can stand in line for chocolate cheese bread :)

(I braved the lines for 85°C, so I'll do it with Duke)

Mar 16, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

J.L., thanks. That was a bit beyond my 一年 lessons, though I did recognize "store."

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Emphasis on the ? Went by both Duke Bakeries today. The RH location in Diamond Plaza has the shelves and racks visible, while the Arcadia location still has the papered windows. Taped to windows at both locations was this. Can anyone offer a translation?

Mar 15, 2015
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SGV: Chong King replaces Arcadia branch of Lu's Garden.

Chong King has replaced the Lu's Garden in Arcadia. Report that it's the same owners that ran the Chung King on Garfield. Can anyone follow up on this?

Mar 15, 2015
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Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

That's ok, I'm not sure what I'm saying either :) I posted after the long drive home. After comparing old vs. new menus, there's only a few changes. I realize there was no relation to the board of old. But, there is a board again. When I asked, waitress told me: "Lao dishes" (which I realize the Lao/Issan deal) and that everything on the board was "exactly same as menu" adding, except for "chicken ovaries" (discussed earlier in the thread).

Here is a photo of the board yesterday. Any ideas? My Thai comprehension is nil.

Mar 03, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

Ok, stopped by LAcha Somtum again today. New menu and waitress told me the specials board items are now "on menu" (under Lacha Specials - duh!). She also told me the Thai language specials board items were same as on menu save for a hot pot containing chicken ovaries. Considering the trouble TonyC had in getting info on the Thai specials board, I wonder if I got full disclosure? She also told me the items were Lao (and I realize the similarities between Lao and Issan).

Seeing the Thai specials board, I really don't think I missed it on my previous visit. It certainly wasn't where it was today. Then again, I had a bad cold on my prior visit.

Mar 02, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

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
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

Any current favorites for skewers?

Feb 27, 2015
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area