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Dozen New Restaurants in Rowland Heights Shopping Center

Just pics

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

I know this isn't necessarily related, and not even a report, but I didn't want to start a new thread just for this. I went to the Ramen Yokocho @ the Fairplex in Pomona after lunch time.. and it was a ghost town. In the attached pic, there are people walking around, but most are just chatting or browsing. A number of them walked over from the neighboring oktoberfest event. No lines at any of the shops.

black burgers and other limited-edition and novelty items at fast-food establishments

did you end up trying any of the black burgers?

Oct 10, 2014
blimpbinge in Japan

PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

the pasadena branch closed btw, reopening as something else but forgot to take a closer pic

Oct 07, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

So I'm trying it for the first time.

They're currently in the soft opening stage, will grand open at the end of this month, but they're not sure which day. 30 locations in China, 2 in the US (Houston, now LA). 2 private rooms that need a min of 6 ppl and reservations.

Currently no beer n wine license. They said beer n wine license by next month.

The dishes are family style, so I wasn't able to try much. Just ordered dandan noodles n the garlic pork belly. The Dan Dan noodles is appetizer sized Btw.

Not sure how the menu pics turned out, I'll upload larger pics if anyone wants.

Oct 01, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

I tried to book last night and they said they're completely booked until closure.......

Sep 26, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

I do enjoy their food, but was put off by their (his) refusal to give me items I clearly saw in front of me (uncooked) because they're all reserved for the people with black plates sitting next to me.

More trips to torihei for me then.

Sep 24, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

What the heck? What is their reasoning?

Sep 24, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

"Apparently it's a chain from Japan."

Yup

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

Sep 20, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

they were at the ramen fest with pretty positive reviews

I'll try soon

Sep 20, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

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.

Sep 15, 2014
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
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area
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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