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Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

Like i said before, they bring em in from different bakeries so try around til you find the one you like. They pretty much look the same but the label will be different if you read em. I used to go around trying various kinds but i never got a conclusive answer as to who was the best.

Btw, i remember i saw them the last time i was at VP tofu. Although i think their offering comes and go infrequently

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

Btw, if you want bright orange, Vietnamese have xoi gac-

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_DG5DLaT3Fms/Sn5...

It's made from the gac fruit. I've only seen the real thing in little Saigon though

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

The vibrant green comes from pandan paste and/or food coloring. If you use only pandan extract, it comes out tan with a hint of green. So if someone were to use extract only and orange food coloring, could probably get a Protestant version (lol), but don't quote me on it since haven't tried

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

sakura?

i don't know bout y'all but I've seen pics of the sakura burger and drinks from the mcd in Japan a million times these past days. As well as other sakura offerings, like Starbucks or haagan daz, cause it's cherry blossom time. So now I'm wondering, (other than why can't we have these) are there any sakura specials here in so. cal?

We usually have mochi and cookies or treats i find at like the japanese markets. What else?

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

A lot of places offer it. They're usually brought in from other bakeries. You can try places like Hawaii market on valley Blvd (it's like in the 2nd or 3rd or 4th aisle to the left when you first enter. There's fresh bread, n0odles, and sweets), sg supermart on valley and San Gabriel Blvd. (should be on the aisle near by the produce section unless they rearranged (haven't been in a long time), the market by bale may even have it. There are more vietnamese markets in the area. You can also try many banh mi joints. Tip top, che cali, and so on. You can also go back to bale and ask when they'll get m0re.

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

....but van's is closed. Unless you're talking about the ones in little Saigon.

http://images.luuux.com/0000C08F20BB1...

Was it banh bo nuong? That's my favorite Vietnamese pandan cake. I used to eat it a lot. You can find it at a lot of banh mi places. Most bring them in from other bakeries. Although che Cali makes their own i think. I don't remember but i believe i didn't care for their rendition. You can also get it at Vietnamese markets, like Hawaii (on valley). They bring em in from other bakeries like banh mi places

Mar 26, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

oh wow. bummer (for us)

Feb 27, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

korean district in the oc?

are there any gems in the korean district? i've always been curious since it's next to little saigon.

thanks for your time

Feb 27, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

http://www.yelp.com/biz/xanh-bistro-f...

ok. remember now thanks to google. xanh bistro

Feb 27, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

i forgot the name in vietnamese, but it translated to "green." it was in little saigon on brookhurst. a lot recommended this place but they lost their lease and never heard from again (or do you know what's up?)

Feb 27, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Red Boat fish sauce for sale east of Hollywood

as other's have said, hawaii super market. they tend to be cheaper than little saigon. but in little saigon, it's in a lot of markets. although not always in the fish sauce aisle (look for stacked displays). personally, i like mega chef more. i mention it if you're interested in trying other premium fish sauce. it's a blue bottle with a white anchovy on it.

i took a pic of another premium fish sauce to ask around, but yeah, apathetic to get the pic off the phone...

Feb 27, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

damn good cake?

'sup people,

It's that time again. Almost Christmas. I've come to realize I haven't had any really good cake in a long time. so... any recommendations for this year?

I'm willing to drive but it's always easier when it's closer to sgv.

~thanks in advance

Dec 06, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Ju Wei ... All things brined, braised, stewed

help please! i can't find the address on google

Oct 09, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

moon cakes 2013!

throwin' this out there-

anyone who'd like a boxed set from 85c may be s.o.l. even though it's not the 15th and they haven't updated their fb, website, or taken flyers down at the stores, they are indeed sold out at the stores. basically they didn't take into account the influx of immigrants and the demand it would create.

there may be a tiny ray of hope though. the chino hills location still has spots open for the flacky crust taiwanese set. i was #78 last night and asked about their so-called "quota" that all the other locations had told me about. after me, there's 22 spots left. so if that interests you, HURRRY!!!!
*btw, i tried calling them many times before i came in last night and kept getting the machine (manager was "surprised" when i told her). no clue what would happen if you faxed your order hence.

if you wanted the brown skin cantonese set, they told me they sold out within a few days of starting pre-orders. you can still come in each day and buy individual cakes (they sell out throughout the day so if you want all, you might have to time yourself) but they cannot give you any gift box nor 10% off.

hopefully this helps. i'll definitely keep this in mind next year!

Sep 09, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Did anyone try the Ramen Burger in Torrance today?

i wish i knew (not even on mitsuwa's fb). i would have gone. beats the heat in the valley

Sep 07, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

moon cakes 2013!

sorry ispe, i know how much you dislike them hockey pucks...

so, what are ya'll gettin this year?

i purposely got some from Dong Hung Vien thanks to last year's la times article-
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/...

they have an offer of buy 4 and get 10% off. boxes are metal tins and there are no english translated labels (nor is the order list), but they have english speaking staff.

i only got the soft skin ones. durian, lotus seed and paste, mung bean, and taro. i've only had van's before and in comparison, van's are denser, bigger, and stronger in taste. so far i've eaten the durian and the lotus seed. the durian isn't that strong, something i prefer, but there's a tiny bit of a sour taste to it. oh, and the smell isn't super strong either. my lotus seed had large seeds inside, which i liked interms of crunch factor, but that "i feel so sick because too sweet" came along, although, not as fast as when i had van's. overall, i didn't think there was anything special to them. maybe i should have tried the brown skin kind?

i'm tempted to try lee's sandwiches', they only have the brown ones but have flavors like green tea and azuki (as well as typical vietnamese flavors).

i do hope to get a box of the flacky taiwan kinds from 85c. they were yummy last year but someone told me they're no longer taking order?!? their fb says til the 15th. anyone else hear/know if this is true?

otherwise, i guess i could go for godiva's. they're just chocolates. i haven't really seen any other off-beat or out there moon cakes here interms of flavors this year. how bout you?

anyways, sorry if this is a tad early...

Sep 07, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound worthy events this weekend

nisei week in little tokyo starts this weekend doesn't it?
i know torrance mitsuwa is having their obon festival but the food isn't that great, although you never know if there's a new vendor that shines...

Aug 09, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

van's bakery in sg no more?

haven't been to sg in a while but i went the past week and drove past van's. noticed the windows were papered over and looks to be a white paper marshal notice stuck to the door. (explained to me by mother- meaning, evicted but allowed to remove their equipment, fixtures, etc...)

Jul 11, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

best vegetarian or veggie banh mi

i'm a fan of mr. baguettes in san gabriel on vallery blvd. it doesn't have scrambled egg but i believe you can add it for extra $. it's more of a western kind of veggie banh minh, meaning sliced veggie ham, vegetables, lettuce, and cheese. i prefer to have it on a sesame roll for more depth.

Jun 03, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Donut Man. I get it.

me neither and i live near by...

Apr 30, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find Lay's Chicken & Waffles, etc in LA?

i wonder if i'm the only who thinks it taste like lotion...

Apr 30, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

any vegan or vegetarian by pershing square to jewelry district area?

help please. within walking distance btw.

thank you much!

Apr 08, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Dragon Beard Candy Maker Sets Up Shop In Front of Hawaii Market in San Gabriel

last night i did a run to hawaii market and alex was back!
he told me he moves around now. he also gave me his card but the facebook address on it does not match up to him so i can't say exactly where he'll be next (as he suggested). there are too many alex goh's on fb unfortunately, not to mention facebook search never liked me.

he did mention that he was going to be in rowland heights next so if someone sees him, ya might wanna mention...

and finally, i bought a box and noticed the candies had changed again (i've been trying ever since this thread was first posted and he keeps changing). not sure if it was for that day or permanently, but the whiskers were light brown, not white. i noticed with the peanut flavor, it didn't taste as sweet. do note that it was "never" notably sweet, very subtle. the coconut flavor however, was sweet but tasted like coffee. still good. i happily ate them all.

Mar 04, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Santouka Brothless Ramen

yeah, they're pretty inflexible from my experience too. my guess is they wouldn't.

btw, fig newton, thanks for sharing. i went yesterday but couldn't try any of the specials. i'll try to get to it before the last weekend of the month..

Feb 18, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Any Chinese Restaurant in the SGV Serve General Tso's Chicken?

doesn't chang's garden have it?

Feb 18, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

like blimpbinge said, chinese-vietnamese roots. the menu is in like 4 languages, 1 of which is vietnamese. there's also things like bo luc lac.

personally, i was at newport the other week and it was just so awful to my family. we can't stomach them anymore. of course, we weren't eating crab or lobster so you can make your own judgement call. place still smells great from the outside though (yummy garlic)

Feb 10, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Hosting Chinese Students in Los Angeles - What to feed them?

wow this is a really old thread. i wonder how i clicked on this? sorry that my above reply is irrelevent

Feb 10, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Hosting Chinese Students in Los Angeles - What to feed them?

having been an exchange student to a different country at that same age, i think a point that is missed is that there are some who play it safe and some who are quite adventurous when they eat. you won't know til you actually get to know the students.

i wish i could say let them lose in a asian and american market so they could pick out things themselves, but kids at that age aren't really into market shopping.

anyways it's just a week you, i wouldn't over do it. the program they are in may not have you need to feed them as much too.

on a side note, i was reminded of something i read from a person who hosted students from japan. the students were really into reddi-whip since it was something not available there. so much so, the host mom bought 4 cases. i'm curious if reddi-whip is something available in china...?

Feb 10, 2013
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Dressing Up Pancake Batter

are we keeping them as pancakes?
the japanese like to use pancake mix to make easy/instant sweets. i'm just sayin'

unhealthy but i like my pancakes buttery so i add melted butter to the batter. there are also common concepts like adding cocoa or chocolate chips. pumpkin spice is another idea. or you could take them and do a pigs in a blanket idea with sausage...

Jan 22, 2013
catbert in Home Cooking

Blue ring in ginger

isn't blue ginger the name of ming tsai's restaurant?

anyways, there's a thread here-
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815995

or you can read here-
http://homecooking.about.com/od/foods...

basically you're fine and no need to worry

Jan 22, 2013
catbert in General Topics