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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Indeed!

I hope to try it soon, because i was pretty underwhelmed by their bbq. Maybe it was just an off day, because I just had bbq from another sam woo (sg) and it was decent.

about 9 hours ago
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

I tried going on sunday. The first pic was at 958am. The second pic was 2hrs later

Needless to say, I didn't get DTF that day.

Sep 10, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Open in Alhambra

I'll leave this here for now:

Expectation vs Reality

Singapore Leaf Open in Alhambra

So I'm here now and you're right.. This is not a singaporean restaurant at all. It's a Cantonese restaurant that has Thai style dishes. Like a bastardization of the "Singapore style vermicelli" dish (which also isn't singaporean) that evolved into a full blown restaurant.

Sep 09, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

the 85c mooncake is the taiwanese/fujianese/teochew style

more of a pastry when compared to the cantonese types. you can sometimes find it for sale as a normal pastry in the taiwanese bakeries.

I got them last year and they were kinda like a sweet but hardened flaky pastry.

Sep 07, 2014
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mooncakes 2014

my friend brought me some snowskin ones from singapore... began molding in 1 week..

So i'd eat them ASAP

Sep 07, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

man.. $20 per piece? maybe just to try

Sep 05, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Mooncakes 2014

Thanks for the report klyeoh! There's still about a few days left!

I wonder if 1 month prior to 中秋節 is enough time to order/preorder hmm

The durian snowskin ones have mostly sold out in LA.

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

Interesting! I did not know there were so many variations of "thick" pizza.

Sep 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

No, it's not mochi in the traditional sense, it's only a thin layer. It's rice based, but it lacks the chewiness of mochi.

Those stores I listed have both traditional and snowskin, any chinese markets will have traditional ones.

The skin is the only part that is mochi, the filling can be red bean, taro, fruit paste, etc etc. If you buy it at TS emporium, in garvey, they sell the smaller 2 piece sets, along with the larger tins.

If you want individual mooncakes, many of the chinese bakeries, including kee wah, sell them individually. Markets, however, will have them in tins, bags, or boxes, since many will be buying them as gifts.

Sep 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

some are similar to a mochi or rice based skin, instead of the traditional pastry style

If you're in LA, many of the shops still have them. San Gabriel super store, as you walk in, go towards the right side, there's a small cooler of them in front of the produce section.

Tak Shing Hong or TS Emporium have them in their coolers still.

Meixin brand from hk

Sep 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

and... this is exactly why I want to eat them in asia! Socal mostly has the traditional cantonese types, some taiwanese/teochew/hokkien (the pastry style) types from bakeries, and more recently, the D24 durian snowskin, and meixin (mei sum) snowskin ones from hk.. which imo, are pretty bad.

For these types of mooncakes, are you able to order individually? or must order an entire box?

Thank You

Sep 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Open in Alhambra

It's all in the name, most likely a southern chinese thing.. like "singapore fried noodles" heh

Sep 03, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Open in Alhambra

not related, this is a chain based in southern china

Sep 03, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Open in Alhambra

Not specifically trying to promote this website, but it's the only one I found with a review of sorts

http://wacowla.com/blog/2014/09/01/si...

Google translate is your friend

Edit:
Here are some chinese language reviews of overseas locations

dianping is like the chinese yelp
http://www.dianping.com/shop/8566118

not sure about meituan
http://fz.meituan.com/shop/6173197

Sep 03, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Thanks klyeoh,

I know it's a bit late this year, I am most likely planning for next year. Will definitely let you know, thank you.

Sep 02, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Hi klyeoh,

I have been thinking about going to malaysia, hk, and/or singapore around this time to try different types of mooncakes. My friend brought me a white chocolate champagn truffle (or something) one from a hotel in singapore and I was surprised to see something so unique. I'm just wondering where, and when, I should be going in malaysia to try non-traditional mooncakes. If it's like the chocolate godiva ones in LA, I may need to preorder them before I go. If you could point me in that direction, or maybe somewhere to start, I'd be grateful.

Thank You.

Edit: Ok I see my post is way off topic (region) :x

Sep 01, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

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

Many of the cantonese restaurants straight up stole and used names of chains from hk/china. So far, it seems like the non cantonese restaurants are actually related to the chains in china, which is a good thing.

Sep 01, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

Also: Q-Nick.. hm..

Sep 01, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

thanks for the update!!

Sep 01, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Sadness

I also read the posts in that thread. The posters were clearly against the way the post was presented (like an ad), in addition to the kickstarter link.

They haven't even started any services

So why exactly is a post like this allowed? The only real answer they put was just another explanation that pointed to their kickstarter.

Aug 28, 2014
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Sadness

Aug 28, 2014
blimpbinge in Site Talk

Sadness

There was a discussion in one of the advertisement threads on the LA board. The mod "silenced" the hounds by deleting all the posts criticizing it, yet allowed the thread, which is a clear advertisement, to stay.

So no, we don't just "get over it".

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

and stuff like this? it's just an ad from the restaurant

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987157

flagged it since it started

The mods also deleted a bunch of posts discussing it

Aug 27, 2014
blimpbinge in Site Talk

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I don't know if it was good or not, but it just wasn't for me.

Aug 25, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

"it's wasn't all that"

That was my entire groups reaction to Nancy's as well

Aug 25, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

so I went earlier today.. the place was a madhouse. They kept mixing up orders and it took me 40 minutes to get my pizzas..

The "original 2 1/2 A Lot’ A Meat" and.. well it's my first time eating this style of pizza. It's basically a cheese & meat pie. Extremely cheesy, crust was ok, wasn't overly salty. I just don't think I like this style of pizza.

Also got their Margherita pizza and while it wasn't bad, I prefer the one from settebello.

Ambiance is strange because they share a somewhat small burger-joint-esq dining area with al's (both apparently owned by the same chinese investors, who were there tonight). They will not be getting beer or wine, got a firm NO from the manager on site.

I don't really have a reason to go back since I don't like the original style and would rather to go settebello for pizza & overall environment.

Aug 25, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

Yea I took the fries out before eating it since they all fell off the moment I picked it up anyways... but that's the way it was wrapped up... geebus tony..

Aug 25, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I went to Al's during their soft opening. I was supposed to go to Nancy's today for their joint grand opening , but other plans came up, so I'll go later in the week. I never had italian beef before, but I ordered the "award winning italian beef" w/ peppers. They dipped the bun into au jus(?), and the beef was flavorful without being salty.

Also got the chicago dog and loaded fries. The chicago dog was absolutely packed with toppings, which made it difficult to eat, and the bun fell apart as I was eating. Not as amazing as I thought it would be. The fries were their home made fries w/ cheese, beef, and au jus all over, pretty good but ended up being really salty.

Hope to try nancy's soon, as I've never had chicago style deep dish pizza.

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

While fruit cup has a horrible spot, they aren't really competing with theme cafe, as they are aiming at completely different markets. Theme cafe is a LOL (League of Legends) themed pc cafe/hangout spot for all the chinese LOL players, while Fruit Cup is more of a jack of all trades tea house most likely to attract ABCs and females.

When I spoke to an employee of theme cafe a few weeks ago, they said the computers will be free to use as long as you buy a drink or snack, and that they will broadcast all of the LOL tournaments. They were pretty quiet when I was eating at chengdu taste #2 last week though.

The plaza already had a non stop drive through line for mcdonalds, now 1/3 of the parking lot is constantly full from chengdu taste. Once sam woo opens, it'll be difficult to find parking there.

Aug 25, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area