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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.

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
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/l...

Nice report Jim!

Side note:
kopitiam is also part hokkien/teochew and the tiam is 店 , meaning shop.

HK style desserts

Agreed!

I'd put premier dessert first then tasty, then phoenix.

Esp since phoenix is pretty inconsistent to me.

Jan 13, 2015
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

kaya toast - anywhere in l.a. but street?

If you like it, you can go to one of the asian markets and buy kaya. Toast the bread, spread kaya, sandwich it w/ sliced butter. Tastes similar.

Or just look online for recipes, it's very easy to make.

Jan 07, 2015
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CA Foie Gras Import Ban-Struck Down by Court

umm so back to animal??

Jan 07, 2015
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Vietnamese recs in SGV?

Yea the bun thang was just ok.

But like tony said, we'll take it!

There aren't too many places that actually make bun thang unless I wanna call my aunts up to make it haha

Jan 02, 2015
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Starry Kitchen wants you to save their balls, or else they're closing up end of January 2015 (RESTAURANT RAPTURPOCALYPSE 2014/2015 CONTINUES!)

Their obnoxious in your face profanity laced blog post threatening closure is definitely something I do not support.

Dec 20, 2014
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Changsha Style Restaurant Opens in Rosemead

Bull demon king (at this location, called B. D. K.) from temple City, has taken over this spot. It appears to be their third location after temple City and rowland heights.

Dec 14, 2014
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Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

yea i heard about that place as well, need to go there soon.

Dec 13, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Paitan Ramen?

Torihei has chicken broth ramen. It was quite good when I went, but the portion is pretty small.

Nov 24, 2014
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vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

They were first "my dung", then turned into "nha hang my dung cu", now "nha hang tan khai hoan"

*shrug*

Nov 20, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

thats... pretty awesome!

can you also master the art(s) of bak kut teh, prawn mee, hokkien mee, and also katong laksa? heh

Nov 20, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

says feb 2015 @ arcadia

vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tan-khai-hoan...

used to be called my dung?

i'm not sure there are any other viet restaurants in that corner without going into the square food court

Nov 20, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Btw, I contacted their corporate Facebook account about the arcadia branch, and they said:

"Hi, we aim to open the US outlet earliest in Dec 2014, but this is subject to changes etc :)"

Nov 19, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

seriously. Hope this place can inject some excitement into the bakeries around here. I mean how many ways can you make coconut or pork floss bread?

Nov 18, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Alhambra: Yazmin--Closed? What's going on?

Foo foo tei is now open btw

Nov 18, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

crocodile guy beat you to it! :D

hope to try it soon, it's pretty close to me

Nov 18, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

OC Chinese Update

You DO know that there are chinese-vietnamese right?

Nov 17, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

I am just crazy about this place!

It's overnight white rice with tomato paste (must be paste, not sauce), minced garlic, oil (some add butter), soy sauce (some use fish sauce). Some also add egg. It's made like fried rice, so the rice cooked prior to the other ingredients (there's a different method that hk'ers are doing recently where they put a tomato inside the rice cooker when cooking rice, it will not taste like that).

Nov 15, 2014
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I am just crazy about this place!

I went there a few times recently.
Tried:
-red rice w/ fried cornish hen
-garlic catfish
-fried quail
-lamb satay noodles

The garlic catfish and cornish hen were quite good, the lamb satay and fried quali was a bit generic. I'll be back to try more in the future.

btw with rice dishes, if you go early enough, they also give you a soup w/ pork bone. If you go later though, then they run out and you only get soup.

Nov 15, 2014
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I am just crazy about this place!

I'm not sure of the history, but I know it's a vietnamese/chinese-viet thing. My aunts used to make it for me when I was a kid.. I should probably learn how to make it, since the few places that used to make it good changed chefs or closed.

Nov 15, 2014
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San Gabriel crawl

hey pizza maven,

It looks like you had stir fry steamed rice flour rolls (google images this: 炒腸粉). Sounds like "chow cheong fun" in Cantonese.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M-...

http://bp3.blogger.com/_BsAU0raQJ8M/R...

http://s3.amazonaws.com/foodspotting-...

Here are a few pics I found online, are they the same ones you ate during the last visit?

Nov 15, 2014
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Is duke Bakery the same Bakery that's from Taiwan that claimed they used all natural ingredients but ended up using artificial ingredients so their spokeswoman "small s" from tw publicly apologized.. Then they changed the Chinese name and tried to dissociate themselves from the tw shop to avoid opening up in Singapore to scandalous news?

Nov 12, 2014
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