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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

Hard to decide where I'd rank them among the panoply of XLB, but, if Tony ranks them that high, that's good enough for me. Dragon Mark was always solid. That's with the caveat that there is still the connection. More than anything, you've reminded me that I need to re-visit. Barring any change, it's still the best (only?) late night option for XLB, 'specially in MPK.

1 day ago
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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

As it turned out, for a short time after it opened, P.P. Pop had some, erm, interesting items on their menu: grilled ginkgo, grilled sparrow. They dropped those a while back. Still a good place for late night eats in MPK, really one of the few options outside the ubiquitous nearby HK cafes.

Sorry for being tardy in my reporting, but I come up with so much and by the time I make the long drive back, brain my is tired.

1 day ago
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The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

With a few Taiwanese places near UCR, someday there's got to be a chou dofu equivalent of the golden spike somewhere west of Riverside.

Jan 29, 2015
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The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

Yep, I believe that was ipse. I paraphrased that for my 2012 SGV trends/round-up piece. As families grow and next gen moves out, they have to move to newer suburbs. So, it's like white folk only with far better food than Applebee's :)

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Thanks blimpbinge! Not a huge menu, but I haven't found any place having that many items at one spot. And, yeah, the hours can be tricky, being weekdays only 'til 7PM.

Jan 28, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

Apparently my merit badges have been lost in the mail or someone is stealing them from my mailbox. Seems I should at least get a 酸白菜的十字架 for my Dongbei campaign :)

Jan 24, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

No, not necessarily. Have you been to the SGV? There are dozens upon dozens of restaurants clustered within reasonable walking distance (often several per strip or mini-mall). The "strung out" myth always comes up when comparing the SGV to Flushing, but it's really a non-entity. Are parts of the SGV far flung from others?, well, yes Alhambra and Rowland Heights are, but in each city there are imminently walkable sections with a multitude of restaurant options. Instead of viewing the SGV as a whole, in this case one needs to compare the 1 mile stretch of Valley in San Gabriel, or around the insections of Garfield-Garvey (Monterey Park) or Las Tunas-Mission or Baldwin-Duarte (Arcadia) to Flushing. And I think those examples compare well.

Part of my M.O. is to park somewhere and walk up and down a street, mainly Valley, but Garvey or Las Tunas work too. Along the way, I check out new places, get menus and get exercise as well :) It's especially good to do it between lunch and dinner :) So, remarkably similar and, I agree, that's the way to go (when not having to go/do something specific).

Jan 22, 2015
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Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

As others have pointed out, there are several Dongbei restaurants in the SGV. Fujian, no. Occasionally over the last several years, there's been one, but they never seem to last long.

Parking isn't usually an issue in the SGV either*, well, except on CNY. So, you don't even have that advantage :)

*the caveat being that some of the lots can prove interesting to manouever in and around, but spots are usually found. If the lot is full, or a mess, curbside parking is usually available, often times ridiculously nearby.

Jan 22, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

IMO, overall, Shen Yang in San Gabriel has the deeper menu and seems to do more dishes at least slightly better, while Shen Yang (MP) is more for the bones, skewers and cold noodles, especially with beer and TV. YMMV. They seem pretty equal for the most part otherwise.

I've seen quite a bit of that type of je ne sais quoi around the SGV.

Jan 20, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

Thanks ray.

Jan 20, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

Thanks barry. I was beginning to think there was liitle love for the Dongbei. The mung bean noodles are one of my favorites. I really enjoy them.

Jan 18, 2015
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HK style desserts

Was going to reply and then noticed TonyC picked all three I was going to mention, so +1 on them.

Jan 13, 2015
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SGV: Favorite Zhá Jiàng Miàn?

Without wishing to start a war, does anyone have favorite places for Zha Jiang Mian in the SGV?

I recall some spirited discussion in the past over 北京炸酱面 preferences.

Full disclosure, it is likely make its way on to a list, but I also just plain would like to know, so I can get me some.

Jan 12, 2015
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It's two years late, but I finally managed to watch that Cooking Channel show where Huge Tree Pastry was featured

Thanks for the tip Mr. T. That's a good episode. Saw it at the time (before cutting the cord). Better yet, visited Old Country with my brother shortly afterwards. As we were leaving, he told the woman at the counter: "Saw you on TV" She seemed surprised and asked again. He repeated it. As we walked out, the waitresses were jumping up and down excitedly :) I've been waited on by most of the people featured in the clips.

Jan 07, 2015
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Mama Lu 3 Returns

I was confused by the Shau May situation too, 'cos as recently as 2010-2011, the MP and Alhambra outlets shared a menu that had both locations on it. I assume that's changed?

And, for that matter, do the Lu family still run Dean Sin World?

Jan 04, 2015
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A+ Tea House Opens in San Gabriel

Thanks Chandvakl. No plans to publish "the list" this year, so it's all up to you. I continue to appreciate the work you, TonyC, myself and others here do to keep track of it all though.

What does it say about me that I realized this was the Hot Stuff Cafe site?

Dec 30, 2014
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SGV Tea/Snack changes: Ozero, Tasty to Go, JJ Tea House - gone

You know David, that occurred to me afterwards. Apparently the Little Tokyo branch has also changed to Twinkle Brown Sugar.

Dec 27, 2014
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SGV Tea/Snack changes: Ozero, Tasty to Go, JJ Tea House - gone

Ozero Tea on Valley in Alhambra has signage up to become Twinkle Brown Sugar. Yes, Twinkle Brown Sugar. Meanwhile, in Arcadia, Tasty to Go has evolved into Spiceology, apparently with same ownership and simply re-modeled. The shaved snow remains while adding a few items to go with its Taiwanese snack menu. In more tea house news, JJ Tea House on San Gabriel Blvd. turned into T4U Cafe. That happened a while back (September), but I haven't seen it mentioned here and it's easy to overlook with the construction on SG Blvd.

Dec 27, 2014
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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.

Dec 24, 2014
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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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