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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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mooncakes 2014

...or snowy mooncakes. Where are the best places for them?

Sep 03, 2014
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mooncakes 2014

Having grown up (sort of) with fruitcake, I get it.

Another question: where are the best places for savory mooncakes?

Sep 03, 2014
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mooncakes 2014

So, anything exciting mooncake wise in the SGV this year? "Best"? "Best Deals", "Best Bakeries"? I've been exploring, but to me, it's all overwhelming.

Full disclosure, I'm angling for an article, but will also make use of it personally as well. Will use it even if article is a no-go. Tips will be credited to CH, but no guarantees they won't be edited (not my call).

Also, does any place have any great deals on leftover/unsold mooncakes on Tuesday :-) ?

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

Long-time dumpling, noodle, wonton & snack house, MaMa's Kitchen, recently closed in the Alhambra plaza that's home to 101 Noodle House and the bowling alley. Cruising around yesterday, I spotted this sign. I walked in, but apparently everyone was in back. It used to be a steam table joint called Quick Meal and the laminated menus still say Quick Meal while the grease stained menus only list some of MaMa's former menu, but included beef rolls. It's located in a small mini mall at 153 E. Duarte in Arcadia, just west of 2nd and next to a Carl's Jr. Further recon is needed to see if they have all of MaMa's wide variety of dumplings or if they still make a beef roll worthy of TonyC's recommendation.

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

New place is named Chuan Ren Bai Wei...yep. Didn't pop in to see about menu, etc.

However, Chuan Ren Bai Wei is a Sichuan chain in China of 100 strong. So, is this the first U.S. location, or a knock-off?

Sep 01, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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