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Buffet To Go Collides With Chinese Steam Table At L A Kitchen

One of the best lines I've heard in a long time!

Feb 25, 2015
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Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

My sense of style excludes me from GQ's target audience.

Feb 24, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

In-And-Out. I like it a lot, but the adoration that people pile upon it is a bit beyond my understanding.

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Looks like you got a lot good advice from others. I'll add only one suggestion: if you go to Sinbala, why not go to Din Tai Fung. It's literally a 5 minute walk from their newer building.

Happy eating!

Feb 23, 2015
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Where can I get frozen raccoons?

Lobster, too.

Feb 20, 2015
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Any thoughts on Lunasia?

It's not bad. I like Elite and Sea Harbour better.

Feb 19, 2015
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Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

It appears they may have screwed up.

Feb 17, 2015
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Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

They are fried, so they are dry. They resemble dried instant ramen noodles but aren't nearly as crunchy (instant ramen noodles are actually cooked but dried).

The pan fried noodles are typically very crispy when you order the dish. As the meal progresses, they absorb the sauce and soften, which you noted.

Uncooked egg noodles for chow mein are not crispy--they are limp and pliable. It would be a gummy mess in your mouth.

It is possible that the chow mein noodles were not fully cooked, but that doesn't seem likely because those noodles cook very quickly.

I'm guessing that the menu was incorrect. Rice noodles tend to fall apart very quickly when you stir fry them, so their use is limited in stir fry.

Whatever the case, ask for soft noodles next time. Any decent Cantonese cook should be able to make that in their sleep.

Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

Shanghai style chow mein uses a thicker noodle, and it is always soft. Cantonese style can be done either crispy or soft. You need to tell them which style you want.

Feb 16, 2015
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Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

If they looked like the noodles in smallh's link, then you had Hong Kong-style fried noodles. They are typically dry.

Feb 16, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

It may not be difficult for you or me. But it does take time. Some people even switch the hand that holds the fork which I find tremendously inefficient. It is much simpler to keep the fork in the same hand, which is what I do.

Nevertheless, it is a delay. I personally don't like the delay in getting the food to my mouth just like you don't like the delay of dim sum on carts.

There are other times where people delay getting food to the eater, such as people slowly carving turkey at Thanksgiving. It would be much faster to carve it all in the kitchen instead of making a show at the table. But it is accepted.

Feb 16, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

Cut a steak, potato, bread, and asparagus at your table. It will always be slower than if they arrive at your table pre-cut. It is not whether or not it is an issue. It's answering your original question about delays in eating food.

I personally hate cutting things at the table. It detracts from the food, in my opinion.

Feb 13, 2015
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Where can I get frozen raccoons?

They sometimes carry armadillo. Anyway, I'll ask the owner.

Feb 13, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

If it was a western dish would anyone argue that using a service method that often introduces a delay in getting food to a diner is a good idea?
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Many western dishes require you to use a knife and fork at the table, which introduces a significant delay.

Feb 13, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

In California, it's probably a health code violation to leave out raw food at room temperature, so they would need to be refrigerated.

Feb 12, 2015
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Authentic Sichuan--In Westwood Village?

There are limits to your chow kung fu?! Surely not. :-)

Feb 11, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

If you keep out some dim sum wrappers too long, they can dry out, and all the steam in the world won't make it taste good again. If you keep them in a warm, humid environment, they don't dry out.

Feb 11, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Best wishes. It's been great having you on this board.

Feb 10, 2015
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Only in America...

On the bright side, he might start packing his own lunches now instead of eating fast food.

Feb 10, 2015
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Asian Frozen Dumplings: Are They Equivalent to Microwaveable Frozen Dinners?

I don't think frozen dumplings have much of a negative effect on people learning to cook. People buy many types of ready-made products: ice cream, bread, crackers, croissants, tomato sauce, burger patties, chicken broth, etc. You can do all these yourself, but most of them require time and effort to make enough for a whole family.

Most Chinese people I know prefer the taste of homemade dumplings, but they'll settle for the frozen ones strictly because they don't have the time required for making them.

Feb 10, 2015
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The Beginner’s Field Guide to Dim Sum

Not a bad introduction at all!

Feb 09, 2015
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

Ironically, people living in poverty have higher obesity rates than the wealthy. Many southern states have higher levels of poverty. Also, it may be their cuisine. Deep fried foods are very popular in southern cooking.

Feb 09, 2015
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Asian Frozen Dumplings: Are They Equivalent to Microwaveable Frozen Dinners?

They're a bit different. It's more similar to buying a pre-made pasta. Making dumplings requires a significant amount of effort and time. If you don't buy the wrapper, you need to make it. The actual wrapping effort is a painfully slow. That's why many Chinese families don't do it except as a big communal project with many people involved.

Feb 09, 2015
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Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

Mexican food, any type of fruit pie, lasagna, milkshakes, anything with cheese, clam chowder, pastrami, and burgers.

All that food grown in Mexico for export - how is it really like?

Like many countries, they export the best produce because they fetch the highest profits. It's in their interest to keep the quality high.

Feb 05, 2015
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Need ideas for recuperating sister

Does she have any preferences or dislikes?

Feb 03, 2015
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REALLY....Gluten-Free has now gone too far....

I don't know who to despise more: the plaintiff or the lawyers who accepted the case.

Feb 03, 2015
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Where to eat good Asian food on Christmas Day?

Thanks for the writeup. I'm glad you were able to get a seat.

Feb 03, 2015
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Question about Pork

Should be fine.

Feb 02, 2015
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How many different types of fish have you tried?

That sounds like someone I know who wanted chicken or fish while we were at a steak house.

Feb 02, 2015
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