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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Since it's Summer and it's hot, what's everyone's favorite places for cold noodles in the SGV? All types of Chinese cold noodles: sesame noodles, spicy, naengmyeon. I'm looking for different versions/variations, maybe even liang pi.

Full disclosure, yes, this will be for an article. Article, not list (at least I won't *submit* it as a list).

Before the rants and fist shaking starts, I ask for a reason which isn't "copying" I know *my* favorites and am simply seeking other places I might have missed from people whose opinions I respect. The sheer scope of the hundreds of restaurants makes me realize the distinct possibility I might have overlooked some really good places. That despite the usual suspects coming up most often here when discussion turns to cold noodles.

Plus, I would have a tendency to eat at places recommended by CHers whether I was writing something or not. I mean fer Pete's sake, I even ate Kung Pao Chicken because ipsedixit recommended it* So, there is that... :-)

*and he was absolutely right, it was great!

Jul 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

I noticed the lines moved fairly quickly, except apparently the lines I got in at the times I chose :-) Yes, I was very impressed with the range. I mean who would've anticipated more fried smelt or octopus tacos than pork belly? As many grasshopper as shrimp? Nope, couldn't see that coming :-)

Jul 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

I'm sorry I missed you as well. Interestingly, I got toward the back first. Aqui es Texcoco was number one for me. From there, I wandered around trying to hit what I had highest prioritized and usually ate in line. Next time, I will definitely get there a bit earlier. If it wasn't for me not wanting to wait 2 hours for the next train, that would have helped too.

Jul 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014: Post Your Live Commentaries and After-Event Reports Here!

I want to thank everyone here for their coverage and photos, particularly TheOffalo and Chris.

I guess I go about these events the wrong way. I'm drawn to the Mom & Pop places and often skip most of the unique Chef creations. Which is too bad, because clearly I miss out on a lot. I'm not likely to show up at these chef's restaurants unless I had an expense account, so it's my only chance to sample their offerings. Then again, these chef creations always have the longest lines. I wanted to try Guerilla, but the line was so long, I tactically chose not to. I do wish there was more visible labelling of what each stall had, a la what some did at The Essentials. So, I didn't get to have too many tacos and left early so I could catch a train without a 2 hour wait :-( And, yeah, the drink situation was terrible...as usual. I figured Jarritos charged, so passed on it and didn't know about the aguas frescas. But, in spite of what I wrote above coming off as Donnie Downer, I was quite happy with what I sampled.

Jul 02, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area
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Chong Qing Village Replaces Beijing Pavilion in Rowland Heights

Let me also add that I thought Beijing Pavilion had some very interesting Beijing-style dishes and those I sampled were quite good. Beijing Pavilion joins The Kitchen as Bay Area Chinese restaurants whose SGV locations failed. Chandavkl, I'm sure there are some others.

Jul 02, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Not another f***ing list...oh, wait... :-)

Jul 02, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

But, ipse...there are quite a few foot massage places on Kearny Mesa, including even more that opened in the relatively short span of months between my visits. That's one of the reasons I'm somewhat encouraged :-)

Jul 01, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Well, I did write *caveat on Cantonese :-) thewongmann covered it quite well and I defer to him. The "germinating" remark is admittedly based on a couple visits last year where I noticed the strip mall scene along Convoy and noted more restaurants had opened in just those several months. I agree that anything resembling the SGV, or particularly higher end, is a long-ways off. I never said it was "great" just that it is hardly a "wasteland" (perhaps for dim sum, Cantonese or higher end, yes). To me, there is promise and it wasn't the horror show, bitter disappointment or terrible experience many seem to claim...and I'm hardly a glass half-full kind of guy :-) I know Chinese food "wastelands." I live in one and San Diego has it beat by miles. With San Diego's Chinese population being in the 2.9% range, it's even better yet :-)

Jul 01, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chong Qing Village Replaces Beijing Pavilion in Rowland Heights

That's too bad, but I can't say it surprises me. I find it hilarious that the Jonathan Gold review is still there, several restaurants later, as if some sort of historical marker.

Jul 01, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

:D ROFL! ipse, again...you are one of the reasons I love this bar.

Even I wouldn't come up with a Top 10 for San Diego. And you know how much *I* love Top 10s :)

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Perhaps a misunderstanding. I'm not touting SD Chinese or comparing it favorably to the SGV, just that it's hardly a "wasteland." And, to me, it isn't. YMMV. I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I just hit the "right" places instead.

Ok, so how about your list of decent Chinese in SD then? (and I know we shouldn't label them "recommendations" any more than TonyC's "Best Chinese Out of the SGV")

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

True, but not all of the places even in the SGV are good (does anyone remember Yu Pin? - ouch). A higher percentage, sure :) I believe you, among others, have mentioned some true abominations in the SGV, most of which didn't survive long.

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Mr. Taster,

What's going on in Kearny Mesa is very much in it's early days, but seems to be evolving nicely and fairly quickly. It's a much smaller scene, but hardly "a wasteland."

Interesting that Spicy City was opened by a former Hua's/Yunkun/Yunnan/Yunchuan, etc. partner, whose family eventually opened another place in San Gabriel. So, Monterey Park-San Diego-San Gabriel in their case.

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Yes, Pollodeldiablo is much too harsh. And, yes, Irvine definitely has much better options - both in number and quality, but Irvine is still considered part of a huge metro area as well.

Chandavkl is our go to guy about ranking various cities.

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I disagree ipse, it's nowhere close to the the level of the Westside and it's Americanized and dumbed down ick. The main problem with current San Diego Chinese is it's made up of relatively few restaurants, so it's not deep (that's an understatement), but the few that are there in different styles are good* Given a choice between a week eating only Westside Chinese or San Diego Chinese, I'd pick SD in a heartbeat. No contest.

*caveat on Cantonese

Jun 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I've noticed repeated negative San Diego references - driving, restaurants - in your posts. Obviously it was either some time ago or you didn't spend much time on Kearny Mesa, particularly Convoy Avenue. Is the Chinese restaurant scene in San Diego like the SGV? Well no, but what is? However, it's hardly a wasteland and it sure as heck beats many other cities (and even the Westside). At least a seed is germinating.

Jun 29, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Kyrgyz Food, Laghman, Plov, Manti

The plov at Tashkent was very good. When I was there, they had a sign on the wall listing laghman, but the woman at the counter said (in thick Russian accent, while pointing at sign): "Yes, I see this...but I do not know what this laghman is."

Jun 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Tacolandia 2014 6/28 3-7pm

Sounds like a good strategy, but is it like other LAW food events where the pickins' get mighty slim?

Or, in sort of English - if you don't gorge early is there anything left late?

Jun 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Kyrgyz Food, Laghman, Plov, Manti

I'll second the recommendation for Omar's. For Uighur, there's also Silk Road Garden in Rowland Heights, which has laghman, and Mr. Lamb in City of Industry. Tashkent in Valley Village had Uzbeki plov. Tashkent is to-go only.

Jun 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Any good food between Fullerton and Alhambra?

All sorts of good Chinese regional cuisines in Rowland Heights/City of Industry area.

Jun 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area
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Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

The SGV is eminently walkable. I do it all the time! Perhaps, not walkable to the level of Sawtelle, but it's good. I can empathize with Westsiders, but only to a degree. If I lived on the Westside, I'd probably be pretty unwilling to want to get out and drive more on weekends, but if you truly want the "real deal" you have to. Since I drive over an hour to get there, it's why I write "but only to a degree." :) If a drive of less than that isn't worth possibly the best Chinese cuisine in the U.S., that's your choice. And don't get me started on what at times seems to be insularity ("I don't even go east of the 110"). Even if someplace opened with "decent" Chinese on the Westside, one would still be missing all the great variety of Chinese regional cuisines found at say one single intersection in the SGV.

I'm also old enough to remember when BART ended at Daly City and folks had to ride buses to SFO ;) So, yeah...

Jun 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area
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Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

Well, that counterbalances some Westsiders who trumpet nearly every attempt at local Chinese as something special or unique, when the cold, hard fact is that they would be mediocre to below average in the SGV. Then there are those having the temerity to reply to articles about the SGV with: "That writer clearly didn't do their homework, there's got to be someplace decent on the Westside for Chinese without driving to the SGV." smh

I can't speak for others, but presented your scenario, I'd probably say: "Wow, these are surprisingly good for ROC" or even more likely: "No wonder, these are from Shanghai Dumpling House or J&J" :)

Jun 22, 2014
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Bamboo Creek Coming To Monterey Park

Thanks for the report barry. Hopefully your dining companion wasn't expecting spicy at a Zhejiang-style place.

Jun 13, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

I can understand not waiting to go back after having eaten there so recently, but...sadly, they'll probably need all the help they can get.

Jun 13, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

No, ns1 has it right "return to So Cal" like from the 70s on...

The story is much adieu incorrectly.

Jun 11, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

Or and other "gerd" (my fingers are still faster than my proofing).

May 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

Yeesh, "endangered" even...

May 23, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

Lacha? Already "endangerd"? Wow, sad. And Yoma would make me very sad.

As for "endangered", fair to say hundreds of SGV restaurants at any given moment?

May 23, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Did Hunan Seafood shutter?

Thanks blimpbinge. While there's always legit "temporary closure", one on Friday night at peak dinner hours is never a good sign.

May 20, 2014
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Rogue Henan menu at disfranchised Liang's Kitchen, MPK

It's a close call. FWIW, the garlic sauce from Liang's lamb didn't stay in the car for days after like the Qingdao garlic sauce did. Hours yes, days no :-)

Barry, how would you rank Liang's lamb noodle soup in comparison to the other stalwarts?

May 07, 2014
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