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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

8526 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

about 9 hours ago
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PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

How does that work? They use the same name, same character, etc, but not related? I'm just curious.

about 10 hours ago
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PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

It's like rotiboy and papparoti

Seems like the naming is all mixed up, I've seen papparoti with that chef character, now they're all papparich.. supposed to be the same company ?

There's one in pasadena as well... but not officially on the franchise list on the website hmm

I'll need to check this out!

1 day ago
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unlucky locations in the SGV

Ended up being able to go over the weekend. The wait wasn't long for a party of two, as they had a number of small tables avail.

The menu reminded me of the one from Monterey Palace, some items and menu sections even had near identical names minus a character or two. The names in english were more extravagant than necessary imo.

Got:
Siu Mai - larger than average, but also below expectation. I couldn't even find shrimp on a few of them, and one fell apart as I picked them up. They reminded me of the big & messy ones I had at SH#1. I thought it was a sign of things to come, fortunately, that was the only poor item.

"French style" char siu bao - It's a snow capped style bun that has a slight cookie finish on the top, but filled with char siu. The filling was fresh and packed with meat. Very little fatty or inedible parts.

Golden egg yolk filled purple yam.. bao? - I'm not sure how to describe this, but it's the "lau sa bao" but with a chewy sweet potato tasting shell. I thought it tasted better than the steamed and baked kinds as the skin was unusual (but filling). Yellow "sand" pouring out of a purple bun is interesting. Another place to try this is at Monterey Palace, they do it quite well there.

Fung zau (chicken feet) - Made extremely well, skin was fall off the bone good, and the sauce was so good we started using it to dip different things.

Veggie Dumpling - this green dumpling was steamed quite well, the skin was like a chewier har gow skin, and green. One of them was already punctured by the time it got to our table. The innards appeared to be a veggie medley. It wasn't bad but I wish there was the same exact thing, but with shrimp or scallop.

Scallop + tofu cheung fun - fried tofu and scallops in steamed rice flour rolls. Not bad, could use some salt.

Mango pudding - Quite good, probably better than the stuff that phoenix serves as mango pudding. Nice texture and nice balance of flavor and sweetness.

daan taat - We originally had ordered po taats, but they said "the machine we need to make it is broken" and asked if we'd like the regular ones instead. Lucky we got them, they were extremely good. Fluffy and sweet in the center, crispy and slightly flaky crust. Didn't fall apart as i picked it up and even held up well after i tore it in half. After eating that, I thought having po taats would have made the meal too heavy. This was the perfect dish to end dimsum. Though I want to try their po taats as well.

Overall, it was pretty good. Service was prompt, and they even changed our plate halfway through the meal. Pricing was about $15 per person, so not the $10 or so you'll pay at places in monterey park, but I think the quality is there. I'll definitely be back to try other items.

Jul 22, 2014
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The Orange Chicken Burrito

Tried it tonight

There was a 15-20 minute line the entire time I was there.

Got 2 wraps, the skin for the wraps is kind of like a tough thin scallion pancake, and was not easy to chew through.

The first one was 1/2 rice 1/2 noodle, walnut shrimp (surprisingly well sauced & crispy), kung pao chicken breast, kung pao sauce, sambal sauce, fried onions, no veggies. It tasted exactly like if you threw all of those items into a tortilla and ate it, except that the tortilla.. scallion pancake wrap.. was so rough that you end up not wanting to finish it. two bites in, the wrap exploded from the middle and I end up forking the rest up.

Wrap 2 - 1/2&1/2, orange chicken, mixed veggies, mandarin sauce. Tasted exactly like a orange chicken bowl with mandarin sauce.. with veggies.. in a wrap. It was surprisingly better than expected. Halfway through though, the wrap opened up near the bottom and we decided to discard it and eat the rest out of the bowl.

My friends were able to eat theirs without it falling apart, but it involved closing off one end with the foil it was wrapped in.

Also tried the panda tea. Got panda milk tea, and milk green tea, both with pudding. It's exactly what lollicup, tea zone, and quickly served up about 10-15 years ago, at higher prices. The panda milk tea was the better one, they used oolong tea and it actually had decent tea fragrance. The "tea house" area has it's own seating and had it's own side of the building with TVs lining the walls.

Overall, I felt it was a "better than expected!" moment, kind of reliving my high school and college days since there was always panda express or something similar nearby.

If you like, or have enjoyed americanized chinese food now or in the past, you'll get similar flavor profiles. Except you get more customization. You can have a wrap, have it in a box/plate, or salad. In addition, there are a number of toppings and some new sauces that make it more interesting.

If you don't like panda or americanized chinese food, you'll likely want to avoid this place.

Jul 21, 2014
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QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Thx for the update!

No Kaya toast is a bummer, but then you can make it at home quite easily with Kaya from any market. Maybe I'll get the chicken rice and a kopi to go, then make my own Kaya toast later on to compliment the kopi!

Jul 21, 2014
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The Orange Chicken Burrito

They also have tea n boba.. A decade too late? Or right on time?

Jul 21, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

川菜 (chuan cai) it is!

Jul 21, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

I saw it while I was jogging by and snapped a pic. I'm assuming chuan (as in sihcuan?) is the style of cuisine? Or the guys name?

Awaiting your report!

Jul 21, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Saw the sign today, Sam Woo coming to Rosemead in that new plaza next to McDonald's where the other Chengdu Taste is opening up (which I'm much more excited about). I hope this location is less like the San Gabriel location (which is quite mediocre), and more like the other two. Otherwise, I'll still be hitting up Sam's bbq in El Monte for Cantonese bbq for my work lunch.

Other openings nearby :
Chuan's took over the spot where Kaya used to be in temple City next to Old Country Cafe.

Chipotle taking over blockbusters old spot in the same plaza

Big Rice (Korean) is opening in a small spot next to togo's/Baskin Robbins

Lastly, a mini review of the newly opened Man Chan cuisine in San Gabriel:
Went the other day, and ordered a number of chicken dishes. The chicken itself, and the two sauces, are very good. The oily rice was more oily than flavorful, and they messed up on one order giving us normal steamed rice and kept telling us it was oily rice, and "came from the same place" as their oily rice, even though the color and taste were completely different. The sauces were a minced green onion, ginger & garlic, and a sweet & spicy red chili variety.

Chicken noodle was alright. Chicken good, noodles (hor fun), and soup were pretty mediocre.

Chicken curry rice was not what I expected. I had amazing chicken curry rice next to the tiong bahru market in Singapore, and was expecting something similar based on the pictures. What I got was below avg Cantonese style curry with their still-good chicken. (but no sauce!)

Overall, I'd give them a few weeks before going back. But their chicken & dipping sauces are solid.

Jul 21, 2014
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Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Drove by just now, it's pretty busy.

Jul 20, 2014
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Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

If they wanna keep the sgv hordes, they'll stick around

Jul 20, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

I tried going last weekend and the wait was 40 min.. :/

Jul 20, 2014
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DineLA Summer 2014 Picks (7/14-7/27)

Thank You chrishei!!

Jul 13, 2014
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DineLA Summer 2014 Picks (7/14-7/27)

I went to fogo de chao for dineLA last year, and their dineLA menu is reduced compared to their regular menu. 3-5 meats are not there.

This year, it looks like:
Filet mignon (regular & bacon wrapped)
Beef ancho (ribeye)
and Costela (beef ribs)

are not included.

Dinner portions will be the same as normal, so they probably expect you to share. The slices are huge and generous, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on the cut you get.

Is it a good deal? Well, if you think cramming your face with as much meat as possible is a good deal, then yes, it'll be a great deal.

For me personally, I really enjoy their ribeye and filet mignon, so I won't go to their dineLA again.

Jul 13, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

Jul 12, 2014
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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

I hope they do well, I really liked the noodle island chain.

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

I went a few weeks back. Unfortunately, due to the size of my party, and the recommendation of the waitress, I don't feel I ate enough items, nor did I eat the correct items.

Got the:

Honey Smoked fish - tasty, but i expected sweeter & crunchier. it tasted a bit stale.

Jellyfish(?) - not bad but i prefer the sliced kind

Pork noodle - pork has good texture and taste, noodle was a bit generic

Spicy fish - So the story here was, I arrived wanting to try the spicy version, but the waitress insisted that as someone that doesn't normally eat that type of food, I should try non spicy. She recommended it to the table of chinese next to us as well. I feel that was a poor recommendation because the fish didn't taste any different from steamed + soy sauce

Jul 12, 2014
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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Just tried to go to yes man chan and they're open.. But doing construction until 2pm.. So I'll try next time.

Jul 12, 2014
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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

oo man chan moves to san gabriel, will be interesting to try. One of the few smaller cantonese places expanding.

I went to bambu the other day, some of the drinks are unique. But other than those specific combinations, i didn't see them having any big advantage, other than hype and marketing, over ordering similar drinks at vietnamese restaurants. Still they are crowded whenever I drive by, and a refreshing change from the mediocre boba shops we have all over.

Jul 12, 2014
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southeast asian in the SGV

I think it's the place on san gabriel after hellman if you're heading southbound?

Edit:

Looks like there's 2 yelp pages, but it's the same place:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/nha-hang-tai-...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tai-sui-resta...

Jul 11, 2014
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Chop Chop Grill in Walnut - Singaporean in LA!

I'm not singaporean, but from the ones I know, Singapore's relative affluence and political stability provide very few factors to leave.

Many of the ones I know/knew were students that end up working in back in Asia, usually back in Singapore or China afterwards.

The hawkers in singapore don't really have a reason to come here since they do ok there and the market here is still quite small for their type of food.

Jul 07, 2014
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Chop Chop Grill in Walnut - Singaporean in LA!

Since I got back from Singapore awhile back, I've been on the lookout for Singaporean style food because it's something we lack in LA. My teochew friend just got back from this place and said it has singaporean/malaysian style food and some teochew style food.

Chwee Kueh
Ang Ku Kueh
Laksa
Popiah (Fried only though..)
Curry Puff
Mee Pok
Pulut Hitam
Kueh Bengka
Bak Chang
Paratha (like roti prata I assume?)
Satay (with rice cakes n all!)

Those are just some of them items they have, it appears that their menu occasionally changes

In addition, they have a japanese menu and some desserts.

My friend just went and said it's good, so I'll be trying in this weekend. Will report back!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chop-chop-gri...

Jul 07, 2014
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85 Bakery possible next location?

Not really, but their variety and appeal make it so that it's a decent place to hang out.

Jul 01, 2014
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One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

I don't recall glass cases recently since i usually just go n sit down.. except for at ocean bo in el monte:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/ocean-...

They may not necessarily trade blows with the best, but it's quick, reasonably priced and they do some items well.

If you don't need the glass case, you can do to go at the deli counters at most of the other places. They'll usually have picture-less menus nearby.

Jun 30, 2014
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Has anyone been to Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel?

For first timers, it is really fun. The first time I went was during dineLA, so I got to try more items for considerably less $$.

The second time, maybe just because I've been there already and that it cost more, i didn't enjoy it as much. Nice place to hang out though.

Jun 30, 2014
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One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

I usually don't like theses lists, but I actually eat at a lot of these places for lunch.

http://laist.com/2014/06/30/ultimate_...

What do you guys think? I feel this list would actually be a good answer to many of the "HEY GUYS WHERE DO I GO FOR DIMSUM?" threads that pop up now n then

I personally would have not included yum cha cafe, even under "low end" Their steamed items aren't too far from the frozen foods section of some of the nearby markets and would mislead non-locals. just imo.

Jun 30, 2014
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More Organic Chinese Food in Arcadia--Well Sort Of

I've gone there a few times since they've opened. I feel that the portions are very tiny for the price, and I can get better tasting food for much less.

If you found green zone lacking in flavor, you'd likely be unimpressed by o'green.

Jun 25, 2014
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Honey Toast

Honey toast is a type of dessert where they take a square loaf of bread, toast it, and also cut out the inside and flavor and grill/toast the inside. They top it off with various fruit, ice cream, syrups, sauces, and other items.

There's a very similar dessert called brick toast, which is usually 1-2 inches in height, and simply a thick piece of toast covered in condensed milk, chocolate, nutella, or some other flavoring. It also usually removes the surgery portion and leaves the toast intact.

Jun 25, 2014
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Chinese cold noodles that you roll out - sort of like a fruit roll up

they're still rice noodles though right? just uncut

Jun 25, 2014
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