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Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

curious what you did get at Crispy Pork Gang?

Dec 26, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Where to get Chinese fried milk custard (脆炸牛奶) in LA/SGV?

Crispy milk is stupidly simple to make. Recipe attached. Merry christmas.

Dec 24, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

In that Sichuan-North-of-Valley-South-of-Pasadena vein, Chuan Ren Bai Wei is running a free dry hot special for purchases > $30 this month.

They're doing dung crab, etc. right now as well. The seat covers kill me though.

Dec 24, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

Ironically, Chung King MPK is now the instantly decrepit and depressing Houlala. A deplorable place for the palate and the mind. Even their touted house special in the cold deli bar lacks character/quality.

But, that's just one useless opinion.

Dec 24, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

Last Chuan's report on CH is here right above you:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9904...

Last codified Chinese report on Chuan's:
http://chihuo.org/chuans-winter-menu/

Chung King San Gabriel is kaput. Chuan's is fun, backed by Sichuan chef, Sichuan monies, modern Sichuan deco and Latino waiters. It's an LA gem, steering the entire scene away from hole-in-the-walls, providing the public with flaired environs that SGV so sorely lacks. And the strange flavor fried fava beans are ridiculously good. Get an order of that, the Sichuan sausage, a bucket of Tsingdao, put your unshoed foot on the chair while watching the silly Sichuan mask show if a Thursday allowed for no other plans. Beats any gastropub in DTLA.

Also, Szechuan Impressions does not muck around. They will be at the LA Weekly Essentials next March as part of its LA's 10 best '14 http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014... ; there are a handful of new items since grand opening.

Dec 24, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat good Asian food on Christmas Day?

heh. right. I posted that at ~11pm something, plus Hanukkah was "over" at sundown so...

Yay it's Chinese food time for the whole tribe. Bring that cash money to the SGV please.

Dec 24, 2014
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Where to eat good Asian food on Christmas Day?

There's a list for that. http://la.eater.com/maps/las-best-chi...

Happy belated hannukkah.

Dec 23, 2014
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Cassels---Forget About It!

I paid more for a burger when I went to Burger Lounge last week.
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Can you explain the math? BL burger runs $8. New Cassel's (1/3 lb) cheeseburger $11.

For $2 more, you get Belcampo... which means this iteration of Cassel's is completely pointless for those who hate/don't want potato salad.

Dec 22, 2014
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Tomato Pie Pizza Joint Coming to South Pasadena

Pitfire also just opened in Pas, and they have a full bar. I find the space+booze+pizza combination really attractive, even if it is in Pas.

Best part: it's got free parking, and it is sorta close to the freeway, so you can gtfo of Pasadena ASAP.

Dec 22, 2014
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Magic Wok in Artesia closed

that long break sign is gone, instead a sign hiring is up with a phone number that doesn't belong to the old restaurant (obvs).

anyone know what's going in?

Dec 22, 2014
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Butchers & Barbers-- Anybody been?

eat: cauliflower, charcuterie plate (fantastic liver mousse), some kinda roast chicken, hanger steak ($30ish, for 2?)

best cocktail was sailor's beware.

new food menu here:
https://www.facebook.com/butchersandb...

cocktail menu here:
https://www.facebook.com/butchersandb...

sceney. small space/small menu. in that same vein, I prefer pikey.

Dec 19, 2014
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Home Barista Training in LA

speak to anyone at Cognoscenti at Atwater/Chinatown. They will send one your baristas to your house, and the cost isn't prohibitive.

if you're on the true east side, check with de Baristas Cafe in MPK.

if she just wants to do latte art, it should be easy breezy.

Dec 19, 2014
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Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

when will this place close already? what a disgrace to LA's dining scene.

Dec 19, 2014
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Charley Brown's Turns Into Chinese Buffet

You can't miss the sign at night while going by it on the 60. If an earthquake hit the sign will crash onto the freeway.

Surprised it took more than 2 months for the first mentioning since it's so much closer to Westside than Kome.

Dec 15, 2014
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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

Spotted Nikka Miyagikyo 12 with a pretty hefty discount this weekend at Costco Alhambra. Too boss for me, but should be of interest to others.

Dec 15, 2014
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i'm getting married because of chowhound!!!

damn JudiAU,
12+ years on CH LA?

also, RIP Chino Wayne.

and uhm, has anyone actually been to Ho Sai Kai in the last.. DECADE? Who isn't LAPD/LASD? Cuz they apparently printed a new menu this year and now there's.. popcorn chicken.

Dec 12, 2014
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More Chinese Desserts From The South

$7.50 for shaved ice, $5 for douhua -- Brother & Sister Fu can go EAD.

That shit is considered expensive in Taiwan, now it's just ridiculous. I'll boil my own farmers market peanuts and pile it into $2.25 VP Tofu.

Dec 12, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Dec 12, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Bill Durney has started pastrami "testing" for Mendocino at its new Southbay smoke house:
http://la.eater.com/2014/12/12/738288...

Sufficed to say, I'm friggin excited as hell. If this goes well, I will never have to curbside pickup on 7th ever again. Someone start a Pastrami '15 thread, please. It'd be apropos considering it's Hanukkah.

Dec 12, 2014
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Status Kuo - Mar Vista

Can we talk about his frequent flier mileage runs instead now? http://www.benedelman.org/travel

Obligatory food content: I wonder where he eats Chinese food when he comes to LA.

Dec 10, 2014
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Hom Yu and Pressed Duck

good Hom Yu
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buy a rice cooker.

Dec 09, 2014
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China Red for dinner?

especially with your mom. that's what I get for being so lazy on the keyboard.

"epi"dural.

Dec 08, 2014
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Fu's Palace - 1970's American Chinese with Rumaki

thanks D,

Twin Dragon. '62... China Garden, '62... guess the Second Five-Year Plan really sucked.

Dec 05, 2014
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Fu's Palace - 1970's American Chinese with Rumaki

Q quick: is Fu's Palace older than Twin Dragon ('62)?

Dec 05, 2014
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Vietnamese "Food to Go" Places in SGV

Hoa Binh
Hue Thai Bakery
Bale

next Q!

Dec 05, 2014
TonyC in Los Angeles Area

China Red for dinner?

In any case, mom enjoyed the meal
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FTW, cuz she birthed you. In the 60s? In China-ish? somewhere. She probably didn't even get an epi.

CT taste does take-out. Eat it at home with mom. Alternatively, Fang's dead as a door knob right now, and have big big hits. Sichuan Impression's lunch has almost no wait.

Dec 05, 2014
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BBQ Brisket Alert

how much a lb? or it's not served like that?

Dec 04, 2014
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Hatfields closing end of December

man.. her desserts were... dreamy. Rumors have been swirling that they were trying to sell their lease since June-ish. Will have to go all out and just clear her dessert menu in the next couple of weeks.

Also, there's still Patina. don't know why people insists on Providence. The food was still great when Ollalia was there.

Dec 04, 2014
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Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

Been avoiding BMMT for years now; no clue why people keep going (except for its proximity to the freeway/Westside?)

Baguette City is the true winner in SGV banh mi fight, with Saigon Sandwich Bakery just a bit behind.

Dec 04, 2014
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Breakfast Near LA Zoo

Village Bakery or Proof, depending if you actually want to sit.

Obvs no one has suggested anything north of the Park but... that's probably for a good culinary reason.

Also, second the south side parking lot. Get there before 10:30 AM to park north of Zoo drive, south of entrance, in order to avoid the long walk for n00bs.

Dec 01, 2014
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