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What is this chinese/vietnamese rice paper or noodle dish? Help end my years-long search!

Ah yes, steamed rice flour rolls! cheung fun (腸粉)

I completely overlooked the "could have been also very wide rice noodles stuffed, in a shallow dish with sauce" part of your message.

It's a common cantonese dimsum and breakfast item, and is probably cheap enough to not be worth the effort trying to recreate at home. The type in your pictures are the "stuffed" types, where there's filling of some sort (can be shrimp, bbq pork, beef, cilantro/green onion n dried shrimp, bitter melon, etc), then they pour a savory soy sauce all over it (which isn't the same as the soy sauce on the table, and happens to be good for dipping a lot of other items). Other than the that type with filling, you can also get it in the following ways (tho not at all restaurants):

-Plain (豬腸粉) -it will just be rolled up, cut, and doused with hoisin sauce, sesame paste, and maybe some hot sauce.

-Za leung (炸兩) - where they use the noodle sheet to wrap a deep fried cruller, then put the same sauces as above, but do know that some shops may put pork floss and/or fishcake into the cruller. So you may need to ask ahead of time.

-Pan fried (炒腸粉) - they cut it into pieces and stir fry it with bean sprouts, green onions, XO sauce, n other items.

-Steamed with spare ribs & chicken feet - exactly like the name

Hope this helps!

1 day ago
blimpbinge in Manhattan

What is this chinese/vietnamese rice paper or noodle dish? Help end my years-long search!

popiah? Doesn't fit the description exactly, but maybe similar?

https://www.google.com/search?q=popia...

I guess another question is, was there fish sauce (nuoc mam)? It may help decide whether there's vietnamese influence or not.

2 days ago
blimpbinge in Manhattan

Alhambra/San Gabriel/Monterey Park on a Sunday Night - Any Current Recs?

Just an assumption on my part. Already had dtf n Newport, so I assumed they don't want that style of food.

The higher budget indicates they want mid end or higher.

Again, just my assumptions.

Jun 12, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Alhambra/San Gabriel/Monterey Park on a Sunday Night - Any Current Recs?

No banquet, no spicy, no chinese-viet, no dumplings, and under $100pp?

You're left with a bunch of cafes n smaller restaurants.

Are you sure sgv is the right area?

Edit:

Maybe..

Hinotori
Phong Dinh
Duck House (Lu Din Ji)
Bebe Fusion

Jun 12, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Julienne in San Marino has a few styles of french toast. I like the creme brulee version they have (will be the fat soft kind).

May 21, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

marukai in w. covina replaced (sic) by tokyo central

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/business...

may be run by the same company?

not gonna lie, it looks better than marukai..

May 17, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Korean Steamed Seafood Hot Pot in LA?

this place?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kabayo-cham-b...

it doesn't look exactly the same though

May 17, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

Hmm the actual owner has changed, according to the beer n wine license.

Will verify with my friend that works there later.

Apr 16, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

Many of the staff and (according to the staff), owner appear to be the same.

Apr 15, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Nice! my family always ends up ordering more than we should at seafood village. The wu nai is really good.

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

For the clay pot items, and the steamed pork patty, you can give embassy kitchen on san gabriel blvd a call. I'm not sure if they have the steamed egg item, but they have a number of dishes where you need to call ahead, so maybe they can be accommodating. They are on the pricy side for the area though.

I actually haven't seen the steamed egg thing anywhere since my family makes a simple version at home, the Sam woo on Las tunas next to 168 market has it, but their food quality varies quite drastically between my visits. They also have a number of clay pot dishes, but wouldn't be on the top of my list unless you really want that steamed egg dish.

For clay pot rice (wasn't sure which clay pot item you're looking for), may mei in arcadia does it reasonably well.

All that said, seafood village is a pretty solid choice.

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Ok a quick update, tip top mart in San Gabriel said they have both in Stock.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tip-top-mart-...

But plz call to confirm their hours

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Regarding the Kaya, we definitely have the glass jar kind (srikaya brand, in original and pandan flavors) , but I cannot recall exactly which market has it. If sg superstore and 99 ranch, don't have it, then hong kong supermarket should have it. If not, then it may just be out of stock at the moment, as those are the 3 largest markets. There's also quang hoa in Monterey park (aka bakery supermarket in alhambra and arcadia supermarket in arcadia), but their markets are usually smaller.

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Bánh Da Mè - Sesame Crackers in LA?

I'd try one of the following:

San Gabriel Superstore (Shun Fat)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-gabriel-s...

Shun Fat
http://www.yelp.com/biz/shun-fat-supe...

Shun Fat
http://www.yelp.com/biz/shun-fat-supe...

Quang Hoa
http://www.yelp.com/biz/quang-hoa-sup...

Valley Supermarket (Quang Hoa
)http://www.yelp.com/biz/valley-superm...

Hawaii Supermarket
http://www.yelp.com/biz/hawaii-superm...

Most of these are Chinese-Vietnamese owned, so they will most likely have that item. Though I'm uncertain of whether or not that have the particular brand you're looking for.

For something in artesia, you can try:
99 Ranch Market
http://www.yelp.com/biz/99-ranch-mark...

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Bánh Da Mè - Sesame Crackers in LA?

Which of the markets have you checked?

Apr 07, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

I wanted to go to the arcadia branch today, but they (rowland heights) said they aren't opening until April 18th... Hmm

Apr 06, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Interesting. I will try this week. Hope the arcadia one is ready for business!

Apr 05, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Are the breads there as good as they sound? Or sort of bland?

Apr 05, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Bahooka is Closing

Seriously. I almost spit out my coffee when I saw it, since I drive past there daily then suddenly see it pop up.

Apr 01, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Bahooka is Closing

Update: signage went up

Apr 01, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

I wonder how all of these new bakeries will do, in terms of taste?

I'm patiently waiting for the Arcadia Duke Bakery to open since it's close to where I live.

JJ Bakery is coming to Temple City btw, in the same plaza where the new dimsum place is opening. Temple City marketplace (daiso, t j maxx, ono hawaiian)

Mar 24, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Open/Closing round up, odds & ends, etc.

Kai oo ramen replaced a very short lived branch of guilin noodle

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Really disappointed to see all those fake 5 star reviews already.

Mar 22, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Not as severe. They claimed that the breads were all natural, and didn't have additives. But they did, and their spokeswoman, talk show host Xiao S, came out to publicly apologize. Shortly after that, there was some insider trading issue as well.

Mar 16, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Details are foggy for me, but I think they are originally from taiwan (under "Top Pot Bakery"), and have branches in Taiwan, HK, and some parts of China. They more recently sprouted up in singapore, though the singapore side probably wants to sever ties to the taiwan side due to that food scandal a few years back.

Mar 16, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

So I called to ask about the commercial. They said:

-sunday, march 22nd, rowland heights branch opening (Diamond Plaza). there will be a 20% discount for the first 3 days.
-early april (5th?), arcadia branch will open
-ERS security is indeed taking calls n such for duke bakery

On a side note, New Kim Bao in Rosemead on Valley had its last day yesterday, Sunday, March 15th. Something about a dispute within the family. With both them and kim fung closed now, I'll need to find a new place to eat decent red macaroni w/ beef or cornish hen.. sigh.

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

They're already doing ads on the Chinese channels. Looks like they're aiming for the last week of March. I'll post a pic if I catch it (their ad) again.

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

I didn't bring my aunts, but brought my Chinese viet Co workers (who are more on the viet side), and they thought the food was a bit bland.

I thought the same on two different visits. It wasn't bad though.

On another note, they have tons of 1 review users rating up their yelp.

Feb 27, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Which OO KOOK?

Where is the Arcadia branch located?

Feb 23, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Going to try and answer some of these:
1) "I've been to Keelung Night Market and Ningxia Road Night Market in Taipei (favorites) and years ago Ay Chung Noodle (NorCal had a branch) came close enough for my liking to the street food experience. Where can I go (SGV or Eastern side) to find half decent oyster noodle/oyster pancake?"

---San Gabriel had an Ay Chung in the focus plaza, but it has since closed. For TW "street" food, I'd recommend Monja TaiKer, or Yummy Hero, both in the rowland heights area.

2) "I would also go to great lengths if someone in town does a killer TW/Fujian style Ren Bing 潤餅 or Singaporean/Malaysian/Fujianese popiah 薄饼."

---Chop Chop Grill in Walnut has Popiah and lots of other singaporean dishes:
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/chop-c...

Little Malaysia in El Monte also has popiah, but I have not yet tried.
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/little...

3) "Are there other places similar to Grand Central Market?"

---Not the same execution but imo, same direction: Anaheim Packing House in OC

4) "For those who have seen/watched the Japanese gourmet drama Shinya Shokudo 深夜食堂 will know of those izakaya delicious comfort food dishes. Where in LA to Torrance/Gardena, can I find really awesome tonjiru, chikuzenni, oden, menchi katsu, that sort of thing? Torihei in Torrance looks good and their oden seems interesting....anything else beyond yakitori that is worth getting there? Where do Japanese expats go if they are not splurging on raw fish and sushi?"

---I am blowing through that manga right now (and also watching the live action version) and every time I google or yelp a dish that's mentioned, it is in the gardena/torrance area (with the occasional one in West LA). So it's a good bet. In this case, yelp, and calling ahead to verifying with them to see if they have the item, are your friends.

Torihei is great for yakitori, oden, and even ramen if they have it. It easily rivals places in japan imo.

5) "Is Sinbala Arcadia still worth the trek for their TW sausages?"

---Yes.

Enjoy your trip! Happy new year!

Feb 20, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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