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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I'm with you. Love that Cochon Muffaletta and their boudin.

However, the gumbo from NOLA Poboys was unbeatable.

about 2 hours ago
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Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

Tried this place on Sunday. It was excellent. Packed. Service is slow because they allegedly make their noodles and dumplings by hand.

Pan fried pork dumplings were excellent.

Boiled pork dumplings were superb. Great texture on the wrapper and the filling was juicy as any XLB. Serious contender for best in class.

Pass on the chive/pork/shrimp dumplings. A touch fishy and shrimp was meager.

Beef noodle soup was nice. Beef was a bit tough but the soup was flavorful and not oily. Noodles were thick and chewy.

Sautéed melon leaves were smoky and tasty. Don't see this on other menus much.

Another winner was the pork chop rice. Pork chop was panfried and not deep fried. It was lightly bathed in a vinegar/sugar sauce that was delicious. Think DTF pork chops but thicker, juicier, and more flavorful.

There was a special of braised chicken wings.

Scallion pancakes were thin and crispy.

Would definitely come back for the pork dumplings, pork chop rice, and exploration of their noodle soups.

Stir fried rice cake at another table looked tempting.

Cash only

about 2 hours ago
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favorite sushi right now ????? price no object, natch.

A place that pays that kind of attention to the rice isn't going to have mediocre fish.

I challenge anyone to provide an example of a sushi restaurant with rice on the level of Mori and Yasuda with mediocre fish. :)

Plenty of places with high quality fish and okay rice. Very few places with exceptional rice period. The exceptional rice short list all have pristine fish.

about 3 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

IMO Shanghai No 1 has the best version/closest to Yang's Shanghai in the SGV.

about 3 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo or Sushi Mori for 1st time LA visitor?

Glad you liked it! Thanks for reporting back.

Jul 27, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Mochi and gelati at Nobu Malibu.

Gratuitous shot of wagyu.

Jul 26, 2014
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Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Pretty sure that is sushi chef humor. Yasuda and Mori would joke like that back in the day.

Me: Amazing sayori.
Mori: Thank you. It's from Nijiya.

Jul 24, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Fried Klondike bar at OC fair. 2 bites was enough!

Jul 24, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Elite.

Get the roast squab also. It's like being back in HK.

http://www.elitechineserestaurant.com...

Jul 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Braised Australian abalone at Lei Garden IFC. Spectacular.

Jul 20, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Are broccoli worms harmful to human health?

remember the boy scout rule when lost in the wilderness and thirsty - one pool of water has algae and the other is crystal clear - which one will kill you?

if things can grow and thrive, so will you.
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This is absolutely not true!

Stagnant water can have algae and a host of other parasites and bacteria thriving in it. You will not thrive if you drink this.

The rule in scouts was to look for clear running water. And even then it is best to boil it since even clear running water may contain parasites and bacteria.

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers...
http://survivingmodernlife.com/2012/0...

Jul 20, 2014
Porthos in General Topics

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

I did see that. But what makes n/naka great were the abalone pasta, the sushi, etc. I don't know if the vegetarian menu is wow enough for a special occasion. In fact, I don't recall much in terms of vegetables from my meal.

Not to say I've had the vegetarian option at either, but if the occasion were special enough where you are considering doing TFL, go to TFL simply for the "special" factor.

If you were able to go no diet restrictions tasting, then I stand by my previous statement that for price and taste, I prefered n/naka.

It probably comes down to whether or not you want to stay local or go up to Yountville.

Jul 16, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

If you partner eats fish, then n/naka would be great. I can't imagine doing n/naka strictly vegetarian though (ie no fish or shellfish).

If your partner is strictly vegetarian, then go for TFL.

Jul 16, 2014
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Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Oops. Missed that. Only saw the startled pig part.

Like I said, addictive stuff ;)

Jul 14, 2014
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Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Thanks for taking the time to report back!

We have the same reactions to Animal and Night + Market. Love the latter, found the former good but never great. Had the same reaction to the oxtail poutine on my 2 out of 6 visits.

Next time try the fried pig tails and simmered pork shank at Night + Market. Addictive stuff.

Jul 14, 2014
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Elite Dinner Update

Thanks for the clarification! "Elite" is the name of the restaurant, not some snobby adjective.

Jul 13, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

How was the ramen? I have a friend that works there but could never bring myself to go because of the name.

Jul 12, 2014
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Elite Dinner Update

So good here!

We had:

Cold platter of pork belly, chicken, roast duck. All excellent.

Roast pigeon. As good as anything you'd get in HK. Really excellent and perfect with burgundy. Better than any duck in town.

Red rock cod 2 ways. Head in casserole with garlic and body steamed.

Lobster with rice cake and sausage. Superb.

White on-choy with red chile. Also excellent.

Pan fried noodles with seafood. Available at dim sum. Just because we needed a little starch.

Total was $320 for 4 before tip. Pricey compared to dim sum but excellent for the quality.

Jul 12, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Love that fried chicken. Have had at least 10 orders of that dish. Excellent every time.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Best Sushi: Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, 15 East?

It was good, not great. Caveat is that I went for lunch and the main guy was away. I did sit at the bar. You're right, I probably prefer Mori and Yasuda back in the day.

Eleven Madison Park was very good if a bit showy. Marea was a letdown. Momofuku Ssam still managed to be delicious despite everyone and their mother doing that kind of cuisine these days. Sardines were excellent.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Manhattan

Where to find yellow watermelon?

Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Irvine Chinese Update: Li's Kite

Chao ma mien.

Noodles were commercial.

Couple of regulars seemed to be enjoying a certain chicken dish.

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Irvine Chinese Update: Li's Kite

Same plaza as Four Seas Irvine.

The spicy seafood noodle soup is decent. Noodles were chewy, broth was spicy and garlicky. Crown for this still goes to China Point in Rancho Cucamonga IMO.

Steamed dumplings were tasty. Note the bamboo steamer.

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Champagne: is it ruined?

I'm betting the bubbles will be there. Chill in fridge now and pop soon. Letting it sit around in room temp isn't going to reverse any damage. Any damage that may have occurred has occurred. If anything is damaged, it would be the taste like less acid, stewed fruit, maybe flat in taste but not flat in bubbles and not vinegar.

If off, I would personally still cook with it. Use it in any recipe that uses white white (linguine vongole, chicken or rabbit with leeks and mushroom in white wine, bolognese, etc). Cooking with wine raises wine to those temperatures anyways so it's not much different than taking an undamaged bottle and cooking with it.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Wine

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Not spicy at all. Just lots of flavor and since it is a dry seasoning, the skin stays crispy while the inside is always tender and juicy.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Get the Louisiana Rub and a side of ranch. That's where the money is at.

Sometimes the wings can be a little scrawny. When they're not, nearly impossible to beat since each order is fried to order.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Wingstop. Louisiana rub. Quite possibly the best fried chicken around. Period.

Jul 09, 2014
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Champagne: is it ruined?

Drink it now. Wouldn't try to age it. Should be fine for immediate consumption. Cooked wine isn't going to be vinegar (oxidized).

It's not like you're going to toss it without trying it.

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Mochi Cream at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa.

Highly recommend the chocolate/banana, the double mango, and apple pie. Also the seasonal strawberry shortcake.

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Panty dropper.

Jul 05, 2014
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