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Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

To give credit where it's due, or better, to not take credit I don't deserve, TonyC beat me to this too:

http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/08/...

I was so busy running around the 14th through 17th (on to the 20th actually) that I missed that at the time.

Aug 28, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

No, but I haven't heard of any place else in the SGV having an item translated into German. Beer & sausage in the region certainly is a giveaway :-)

Plus, another thought on the loss of BDH, where else can one have a complimentary appetizer of cotton seaweed?

Aug 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

I concur, don't be so hard on yourself. I walked by as it was under construction, otherwise I wouldn't have known to look for it. I say this is a contender, along with that little plaza where Bamboo Creek is, at being the most difficult to spot from a SGV surface street.

Aug 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

But, how much of it is down to noticing the lines at Chengdu Taste and attempting to copy it? Even to the point of menu mimicry.

Wasn't that the main reason for the spate of hot pot places and Boiling Point knock-offs? Granted Chengdu-style is a richer area to work from, but isn't this trend likely to turn up a few absolute gems, some disasters and a lot (most?) in the middle?

Aug 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

I thought that was Chongqing (in the former Liang's Kitchen space) in San Gabriel that was reportedly "providing" free liang pi for positive Yelp reviews? At least that was the rumored location.

Aug 25, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

By the time I finally made it in, they had no sea intestine items. Even the wall photo had Chinese characters over it indicating they no longer had it. Or any of their other different seafood dumplings (clam, octopus, etc.) But, the place was more than worms.

Despite the name, Beijing Duck House had a much deeper menu of Shandong-style items than I'd seen anywhere else. Like Shandong-style sausage for one.

Plus, how could you not love a Shandong-style place with "Beijing" in the name that at one point had a menu item in German. Very SGV.

Aug 23, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

I managed to get around the SGV pretty thoroughly last weekend save for Arcadia and that stretch of Rosemead Blvd. Thanks for the update ipsedixit. Damn! Beijing Duck House was an interesting place to me. It had several menu items I'd seen nowhere else. So, the only real Shandong-style place is replaced by yet another Sichuan place. I love Sichuan, but it's becoming the new hot pot.

Aug 22, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Or, to put it another way. There were quite a few DD's around So Cal back before next month, though before back then, there were fewer...though still more than right now :-)

Aug 22, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Actually, the first in So Cal goes back much further than the future :-) They were around even before the 80s, there just were more of them around So Cal then.

Aug 21, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Thanks for the report Chandavkl. Hmm. Corn, brown sugar pancake. Tianjin-style?

Aug 20, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

:-) I got there before they opened and it seemed as if they weren't quite ready, so I took a bit of a walk around. On my third pass, having returned from a walk past the old Hunan Seafood and back, there were already two tables occupied.

Aug 18, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Long-time Taiwanese "sit down" restaurant, Happy Garden, has closed and been replaced by Yao's Restaurant. Yao's was to open today, so could someone go by, check to see what they serve and report back?

Also, New Noodle Guy has opened at the space in the back that once housed, you guessed it, Noodle Guy.

I know this plaza has had a lot of restaurant turnover, some remarkably quickly, but this now makes Flavor Garden the long term tenant. Wow.

Aug 18, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Zhen Tasty House replaces Beijing Tasty House in Rosemead

In the Square, the spot formerly housing Beijing Tasty House (since relocated to the haunted location on Valley) is now home to Zhen Tasty House. Menu kind of all over the place, so I'll leave it to others to find a defining theme.

I did notice Zhejiang Style Meat and Zhejiang Style Dong Po Pork on the Special Dishes section of the menu. They also still list the House Lamb Bone Hot Pot that was a special of Beijing Tasty House.

Aug 18, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Not when you posted, but open as of 11-ish Sunday (August 17). Somehow, I managed to be 3rd through the door. Could have been first in.

Aug 18, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Sizzling King Opens in Alhambra

To probably no one's surprise, it appears Sizzling King has shuttered.

Aug 17, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Fuji West in San Gabriel

This reminds me I've been lax in reporting. One I neglected to mention was that, a few weeks back now, Fuji West was "closed for re-modeling"

I too would appreciate any update.

Aug 14, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

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

Catfish instead of snakehead? Who cares? It's f'n fantastic. I recently stopped by and had some. Waitress tried to talk me out of it, but I loved it. Especially since I had a bad cold.

I couldn't find the Issan specials board that day. Still there?

Aug 13, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Beijing Tasty House Moves Into Jinxed Location

Wow, any idea which ones?

Aug 13, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Perhaps the casseroles are "dry pots" a la Tasty Dining and Wok BBQ?

Aug 08, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Nicest looking, higher quality: Shanghai No. 1
Flavorful: Kang Kang Food Court/Shau May

Emperor Noodles also does a good, though somewhat doughier, version.

Jul 30, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Mr.T's post reminds me. Bludso's gets so much notice for their brisket, understandably, but the chicken at the Compton location is the best BBQ chicken I've had. In my experiences, BBQ chicken sauce often seems over tomatoed or over vinegared. Not the case at Bludso's.

So, what I'm sayin' is, don't sleep on the chicken, folks.

Jul 29, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV runaround

I usually have my best luck between lunch and dinner. Even though I've often walked in on staff meals or dinner preps, I've always been served. Beijing Pie House is supposed to be closed 3-5, so I guess they forgot the sign or zzzzed out early.

Jul 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

不客氣 J.L. Let me know what they say. I didn't have much time to chat with them.

Jul 24, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Oh, and they have Iced Milo Dinosaur on the beverage menu.

Jul 22, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Well, at least it wasn't on the menu. You might ask.

Jul 21, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Despite my transportation woes, I've done some recon and managed to stop by :-) True mom & pop place. Small 22 menu item (sans small beverage, smoothies and "side orders" portions of menu): Hainanese chicken, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Mui Fun, Mie Ayam, Char Hor Fun. blimpbinge, no kaya toast. Ice kopi with condensed milk was quite good.

Jul 21, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Thanks for the report blimpbinge. When construction started on that plaza over the creek on Valley, I wondered how many spaces would be restaurants.

Jul 21, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Chris, no, not mine. Those are from an earlier piece by Christine Chiao. Maybe the editor got tired of waiting for me? :-)

Jul 12, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

Can we count the space at 305 Garvey in Monterey Park of C.C. Manual Fish Ball? It's burned twice. Bad feng shui? ...bad wiring? or is making fish balls by hand far more hazardous than I first imagined?

Jul 12, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

catbert, thanks for explaining this. Burned down, eh? Involvement by some nicely dressed fellows in pinstriped suits? Now I finally understand some of the nudge and wink ipse and others have passed along about that location. Ipse, can you add more? ...or is it better not to? :-)

Jul 12, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area