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Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

I personally prefer Pacific halibut, but California halibut is fine.

Oct 23, 2014
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Food Expiration

If "expired" means pre-packaged, canned, dried foods, or the like, the answer is no. I've eaten boxes of dried and canned foods that expired years ago.

Oct 23, 2014
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top veg in LA

Lemon Grass chicken at Thien Tam in El Monte

Oct 15, 2014
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Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

Over to the Dark Side you have gone. :-)

Oct 15, 2014
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Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

Sichuan is also the fourth most populous province in China: about 80 million people.

Oct 14, 2014
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Giang Nan closed. Where will I get my chestnut clay pot chicken now?

I believe that Chinese businesses and restaurants tend to come in waves. When there is a successful restaurant, it typically spawns a group of other similar ones in hopes of capitalizing on the trend: HK-style cafes, dumpling joints, etc.

Oct 13, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

It's not bad, but they tend to use sugar more liberally than most other Shanghai restaurants in the SGV. The dishes run a little too sweet for my taste.

Oct 13, 2014
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Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

I see my attempt at humor has failed (again).....

Oct 10, 2014
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Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

Without a doubt, In-and-Out. I've heard so many people rave about it, and people visiting from other states insist on eating there. The staff is always impeccably dressed in white and extremely attentive. :-)

Oct 10, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Try Seafood Village in Temple City for Chui-Chow/Cantonese style dishes. There is one in Monterey Park, but the parking situation is difficult there.

Oct 10, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Now it makes sense....

Oct 10, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Chang's Garden served XLB all the times I've been there.

It's a good choice. I also like their Lion's Head dish, but I don't know the name in English. It's probably listed as a meatball or something similar. They also have a good rendition of fried fish filet with seaweed.

Oct 09, 2014
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Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

As they say, you can't eat ambiance or wifi. :-)

Oct 03, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Toisanese would be tai2 shan1 hua1 (台山話). However, there's a good chance that the server will not be familiar with that term.

Oct 03, 2014
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Long Beach letter grades - what just happened?

Long Beach has its own restaurant inspection program. I don't believe they have a letter system. This is from their website:

"Every facility requiring corrective action receives a reinspection. Upon reinspection, if all violations are corrected, a transparent sticker stating, 'corrective action completed,' is placed diagonally across the categories listed on the ISR. The original Inspection Summary Report, with the corrective sticker, remains posted until the next routine inspection."

http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/fileb...

Sep 30, 2014
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Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Macau-style egg tarts usually have more milk in the ingredients than the other style. The top of often carmelized like creme brulee.

Sep 29, 2014
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Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

As opposed to "NBC" or "CBS" (Native Born Chinese and Chinese Born Somewhere else respectively)

Sep 29, 2014
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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

They have pretty much the same menu from their old location on Valley Blvd. in Alhambra.

Both signs on the front and the side are correct.

Sep 25, 2014
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Good prices on fresh basil anywhere? Pasadena area.

Are you looking for generic Italians or Genovese basil?

Sep 23, 2014
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Succinct, yet eloquent....

Sep 22, 2014
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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Cuba had a large Chinese population at one time. Many Chinese Cubans left during the "Freedom Flights" from 1965 to 1972. I'm sure many of them settled in NYC. Most of them were originally Cantonese, so the Chinese-Cuban cuisine was probably Cantonese-influenced.

Sep 22, 2014
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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

Either they actually replaced the sign, or it's the best repair job I've ever seen.

Sep 17, 2014
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

I agree--dinner is superior to dim sum.

Sep 17, 2014
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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

I went there today with some fellow adventurers. We had some boiled dumplings: pork with leek, pork with fennel, and lamb with carrots. Every dumpling was right on the mark. I especially liked the lamb with carrots dumpling.

The beef noodle soup wasn't that popular because the beef was too tough. I did not personally try it.

I tried their beef roll for the first time. They are each about the size of a 1 pint/0.5 liter water bottle. The seasonings were good. The wrapper was thin and fairly crispy. The egg flavor was very noticeable. Like all other beef rolls, it was heavy on the stomach. We thought it was good, but we generally preferred the ones offered at 101 Noodle Express.

They have a steam table there, so you can order stuff for a quick lunch. They also have lunch specials. As before, you can order bags of frozen dumplings, including what appeared to be potstickers the size of a small calzone. The freezer is next to the door in the dining area (you can see it in the picture)

Parking is a pain. From the street, it looks like one long strip mall. In reality, it's a few small strip malls put together. The lots are physically separate, so you need to make sure you enter the right one.

Seating is cramped. I think it can fit about 18 people if everyone was skinny. Decor is about average.

There was no AC, so on a hot day (100F today), it can get quite uncomfortable.

Finally, they fixed the sign. It says "Quick" instead of "Qnick".

Sep 17, 2014
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Nice list and descriptions.

Sep 17, 2014
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food safety & murdering pathogens

Many bacteria excrete toxins as a waste byproduct. Heating the food will kill the bacteria, but it might not have any effect on the toxin.

Sep 16, 2014
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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

That doesn't really apply anymore. Many Chinese restaurants realize that many potential patrons actually care about the ratings.

Sep 12, 2014
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Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

I doubt that Mongolians carried around raw noodles for cooking. They were nomads who probably did not cultivate wheat.

Sep 12, 2014
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Los Angeles Area Chinese Wedding Banquet

Not that I know of. Everyone I knew gave a deposit and then paid off the total amount after the banquet.

Sep 09, 2014
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Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

The Chinese signage has changed, but that doesn't mean a thing if someone can't read it.

Sep 09, 2014
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