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mooncakes 2014

let's talk hockey pucks! :P

soo... what's everyone getting? any new or interesting finds this year?

this year i'm not on the up and up like the past years sadly...
but i did just eat 2 from 85c. nothing to brag about. i went with individual this year cause my box set last year was such a hassle and not as good as the previous year. i think the box sets are still available to order at 85c's. maybe cause they have more locations? or more stock? i don't know...
as for sightings, i was at hawaii market last saturday and noticed they had a lot more boxes proclaiming they were "premium." not sure about taste, but premium prices that's for sure.
i'm hoping if i can get out to little saigon i might get some snow skin ones. i think someone mentioned my hiep last year. so unless some mention other, maybe i'll try em.

anyways, loved to hear what ya'll have to share

Aug 26, 2014
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Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

there's an ad in motto la that shows the kumamoto kuroge wagyu rib loin steak on the lava rock grill for $32 (was $96)

no clue how big of a steak, but enticing ad

Aug 14, 2014
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ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

i'm gonna be lazy and say i go to com tam thaun kieu on valley in sg and order either a nem vermicelli dish or nem appetizer with side of veg/herbs (noodles up to you), AND rice paper. voila!

have i done this before? yes, but not with nem, the other dishes. if they have goi cuon or nem rolls on a menu, they've got rice paper in the kitchen.

com tam is actually a pretty flexible restaurant. wanna buy a box of their beef? they'll do it! wanna buy 5 spring rolls instead of 6? they'll do it!

far from hawthorne, but sharing what i do

Aug 08, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

thank you much!

Jul 24, 2014
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Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

can this location be considered for the unlucky list too?

i wouldn't mind if they bumped up the tastes at their rh location. it's not as good. and i'll never go back to santa ana's location (horrible food)

Jul 24, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

would anyone be willing to give me the address for the sam woo. i googled it and it doesn't show up. i googled the mcd's but there are 3 so...

thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2014
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Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

the elongated ones are probably the rocket or missile varieties. they just started getting them in at the nurseries here but they're too young to have fruit.

most common are the pink and red varieties here (rose apple and black pearl)

Jul 18, 2014
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fresh soy milk?

can any suggest some more places that make fresh soy milk?
i've been to vp tofu in mpk, dong phuong tofu (westminster), and thanh son (garden grove). as can tell, my quest hasn't become very broad. to clarify, i'm mainly looking to buy half gallon of soy milk (not individual servings).

thanks in advance!

Jul 18, 2014
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Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

mind if i ask which colored ones did you like when you were in taiwan?

Jul 18, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

If anyone is curious grids has become hot kitchen and they're having a soft opening

Jul 13, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

I used to go there when it was Washington mutual (before they became chase and moved across the street to where the theater was)

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

Oops. Just realized someone already mentioned this place. My bad

Jul 13, 2014
catbert in Los Angeles Area

Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

Oh Gawd. My summer in a nut shell. I've gone to so many nurseries. I honestly think my mom will buy every variety there is.

Anyways the fruit market in little Saigon that's in the plaza with a market and bank of America at bolsa and magnolia is where i find em easily. One shop lets you pick out but most are Saran wrapped to a styrofoam tray.

Right now the red and pink ones are fruiting so you might find them soon.

Jul 13, 2014
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Where to find yellow watermelon?

i'm not much help cause i live in the valley, about 2 or 3 years ago it was really easy to find them. but since they're not that popular, more pricey and less sweet and tasty, markets don't like to carry them. my family feels sad hence since we do like them.

i have seen them at the hmart in diamond bar. i think last week or the week before they were $.99/lbs. however, they weren't good so my family didn't buy any. someone posted mitsuwa in cm. i saw them last weekend there too. they were really bad so another pass. asked for a whole one and they didn't have any in the back, only what was cut in the front.

in the past, we bought them and taiwanese (they have seeds) ones at hawaii market in sg, but i haven't seen them since. the last time i was at 99 ranch, i didn't see any either. my sprouts (went wed) doesn't carry them either

i think you can try calling torrance mitsuwa if you want to go that route. they may be the closest to you...? it will be the obon festival soon. we bought a whole one one year there. so they may consider getting in again if asked maybe.

Jul 11, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

that place on valley that's maneki neko or something by hawaii market. it used to be a couple of schzewan, vietnamese (pho bac), and chinese restaurants. that place is extremely unlucky. it used to be Fu-Shing but the mafia burned it down and since then, it's been cursed.

someone also mentioned the place that used to be grids. that place used be car dealership, bank, and numerous eateries.

Jun 13, 2014
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what's up with mitsuwa?

Can we discuss this?

Has anyone else noticed the change this year? there hasn't been any food fairs. Although a few times they've had guest chefs, which of what I've had has been really awful. for the mochi/daifuku specials, seems they've changed supplier. For market shoppers, they don't have as much advertised nor campaigns.

On the pro, my family doesn't spend as much there but the lacking is sad. I wonder with Toyota leaving if they'll take a big hit as well.

Might seem silly or nitpicky but i thought others may have noticed the change and be willing to discuss. So anyone know what's up?

May 04, 2014
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Goat in OC?

My mom likes the goat hot pot at tam bien 2 (it's by brodard). Problem i find is they're not consistent.

I also saw a place south of the 22 freeway on magnolia advertising they have goat curry. We're hoping to try it one of these days.

Someone here once mentioned there is a 7 course goat place in garden grove. I've never been

I imagine you can get goat at the market on bolsa by van's bakery and across from the Asian garden mall. Tam bien may sell as well.

I have seen goat leg at 99 ranch market before

May 04, 2014
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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
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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.

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
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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.

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
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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
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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.

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
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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.

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

oh wow. bummer (for us)

Feb 27, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ju Wei ... All things brined, braised, stewed

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

Oct 09, 2013
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