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mamey and guanabana

I see both at Vallarta Supermarkets.

1 day ago
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Shaanxi Gourmet's version of cold sesame noodles are wheat and the "bready tofu pieces" are gluten cubes.

Oct 17, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

Someone wrote: "In the SGV Chinese restaurant scene, imitation is the sincerest form of business." Wait, that was me. That's ok, nobody reads me. I sure don't :-)

Oct 14, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

That's a good point ray. I think I managed to avoid the sweeter dishes. For example, the tofu and greens, which definitely wasn't sweet.

Oct 13, 2014
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Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

Giang Nan had been for sale for more than a year, much like Happy Garden in Alhambra. Every time I went by I kept expecting to see a change, but...

Oct 13, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

With the caveat that I haven't been recently, but I feel Shanghai Bamboo House out in the wilds of Monrovia is an overlooked and underrated Shanghainese place.

Oct 11, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Most Improbable Noteworthy Chinese Restaurant in LA? (Food For Desperate Travelers from Sichuan in Downtown LA)

There's only one Chinese restaurant between LA and LV?

Oct 11, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Searching for a great scallion pancake

Earthen is my favorite.

Oct 11, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chengdu Taste for Beginners

It seems easier to get into the Rosemead location, which was using a similar menu plus several new items. Pro tips: tell them you don't like big spicy and order based on peppers pictured on menu. Also, Beijing Yogurt to accompany.

Oct 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Nope, because I've been busy with other matters and we've had some redundancy issues. I'm still waiting to see if it's wanted or relevant next week onward. Timing!

Oct 03, 2014
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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

Thanks for the report ray. Sounds like they pretty much maintain the wide variety of dumplings? Yeah, it is hot in there (low 90s the day I tripped over it) and I should have mentioned the multi-mini mall lot puzzle. Maybe they swapped the sign with the one on the side of the building, which read "Quick"?

Sep 23, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

Funny you mention that ipse, one of the other times I beat Chandavkl and Tony was the opening of Wang Xing Ji. I've had some other successes from the 2nd floor at Focus Plaza.

Sep 23, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

Thanks ipse. That's one of the nicest things anyone has done for me on CH. And it paid better than some things I've written.

Seriously, do you realize how rare it is when I actually beat both TonyC and Chandavkl to a new place? This is a fairly momentous occasion.

Sep 17, 2014
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Dong Du Hot Pot in Monterey Park

Boiling Crab = Vietnamese Cajun via Texas

Boiling Point = Taiwanese stinky tofu hot pots.

Sep 15, 2014
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Chicken Papa in Industry

Yes, as a matter of fact, yes I do want a gold star! Something might be good too, it just depends what the something is (so long as the something aren't the oldest mooncakes) :)

It's ok, I don't read me either :)

mooncakes 2014

ns1, I finally had my 85 C mooncakes. I thought they were good. They had both Cantonese and Taiwanese-styles. By the time I got there, they were out of green bean and one other. Despite it being the sweetest, I really liked the taro skinned red bean. The others I picked up were Cantonese-style red bean/egg yolk, Taiwanese-style red bean/egg yolk and Taiwanese-style date/egg yolk. They certainly seemed much fresher than some I've had.

Sep 15, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

This is one I stumbled across, pre-opening back in March

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9688...

But, I do appreciate TonyC filling in the details.

Sep 14, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

A few more SGV future openings on their way

The space between Red Pine Hot Pot and Xu Garden has turned out to be a location of the rapidly expanding coffee & bakery chain, Caffebene.

Sep 14, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

I usually notice, even if I can't make all words out yet. But, between avoiding San Gabriel Blvd. or focusing on traffic and driving, I either missed it or it wasn't up yet.

Now, you know why I often park, get out of the car and walk around :)

Sep 09, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

I don't know when they changed, but the Huolala sign was up in August. At least the one facing Garfield.

I'll second TonyC in thanking MinkeyChief for the report on Chung King (San Gabriel) because I also had driven by recently and couldn't tell any change either.

Sep 09, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

9 months? That's nothing. Friday I ate at a place still using receipts with the name of the previous tenant...which closed Summer 2012!

They have a Huolala sign facing Garfield, but I'm not sure about the signage on the sides of the building.

Sep 08, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

I managed to miss this because I've been avoiding San Gabe Blvd. like the plague while the construction goes on. Can't say I'm surprised, either with the change or what the change is.

Sep 08, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Any particular type ns1, or just any from 85°C? I picked up 6 on Friday, but haven't had any yet. Let me know and I'll get back to you. They were out of at least one type, but I still fared better there than other places. At one bakery that shall remain nameless, a nice woman was assisting me with my selection of minis. Each one I asked about, she'd reply with: "no, we are out." I was just about ready to ask her about Limburger :) (those that get that reference will appreciate it).

Sep 07, 2014
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mooncakes 2014

Thanks for the tips J.L. I usually give 奶奶 a wide berth in the supermarkets. Just get out of their way and no one gets hurt :)

Sep 07, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Deep-freeze.

Bring them out next year for Autumn Moon Festival 2015.
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Thereby proving the analogy that mooncakes are the Chinese version of fruitcake.

Sep 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

You're kidding, right? That's when the local populace REALLY starts buying them, since they're on massive discount after the holidays. I get FAR more mooncake gifted to me 1 week after the actual moon festival than before.
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I've never managed to be in the SGV the day(s) immediately after, but I figured as much. So, who all has sales? Any place notable to check out for good deals?

Sep 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Spicy Duck Wang La Ya Inc. replaces Spice Spirit in Monterey Park

Well, they do have duck parts, so one assumes that would be *all* duck parts ;-)

Sep 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

There were six in the TS Emporium cooler Friday afternoon, I went back an hour later and they were gone!

I have to ask the question that I've always wondered: what do these bakeries/stores do with all the unsold mooncakes on Tuesday?

Sep 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Spicy Duck Wang La Ya Inc. replaces Spice Spirit in Monterey Park

Things are getting ducky in the SGV. At the Taipei Center Plaza on Garvey in Monterey Park (across from YOUnique Cafe), dry pot place Spice Spirit has become Spicy Duck Wang La Ya Inc. Menu looks like the three other duck parts places that have opened over the past year (what's up with that?): neck, feet, wings, goose sausage, etc. + some hold overs.

Spicy Duck Wang La Ya Inc., 216 W. Garvey, Suite A, Monterey Park; (626) 726-1010.

Sep 06, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone pay attention to Merril Shindler reviews?

Concur about him "getting" Chinese food and exploring the SGV years ago. His submissions to the SGV Tribune give it some badly needed credibility. Prior to Shindler, the SGV Tribune's best (and just about only) piece on SGV Chinese food was one on Hunan Chilli King written by their science and JPL writer (!). I've seen Shindler reviews taped to a couple of windows, including the old Mama's Kitchen location in SG.

Sep 04, 2014
JThur01 in Los Angeles Area