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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

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

Apr 05, 2015
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SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

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

Apr 05, 2015
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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
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Bahooka is Closing

Update: signage went up

Apr 01, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Which OO KOOK?

Where is the Arcadia branch located?

Feb 23, 2015
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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
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chinese cuisine fesival 2015

"ICON Union is the largest Chinese student platform in California. We aim to provide Chinese students with comprehensive information and organize a variety of events for Chinese students in the U.S.

You can like and follow us on Facebook, Weibo, and WeChat to get the various information from school to entertainment.

Our annual events include:
- Various clubbing events
- Chinese Cuisine Festival
- Asian Job Fair
- Networking Events"

They aim for a very very specific market. Many of my chinese friends attend their events, as it's marketed almost exclusively to chinese students and young professionals.

Feb 13, 2015
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chinese cuisine fesival 2015

Having seen how their previous events were handled, and what type of people went, it looks like they're aiming specifically for the "wealthy students/young professionals from china" crowd.

Feb 13, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

chinese cuisine fesival 2015

It looks to be the same thing.

Feb 12, 2015
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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

Same here man

Jan 29, 2015
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