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So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

Thanks for the update.

about 11 hours ago
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Private party venues at a budget in the San Gabriel Valley

That's about $25/person or $250 for a table of 10. You'd want a mid-range restaurant, such as NBC, Capital Seafood, Empress Harbor, etc. They can always partition part of the restaurant for your group. 40 is actually a very small group.

In similar situations, we went to the restaurant and gave them our requirements (e.g. 4 tables, 10 person per table, $250 per table total, no alcohol). Then we asked them what they could do for that much. In your case, you would need to emphasize that you have a severe MSG allergy and ask if they can cook dishes completely free of MSG.

Aug 15, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Private party venues at a budget in the San Gabriel Valley

Even vegetable dishes may have MSG. But if you give the restaurant enough advanced notice, they might be able to prepare a MSG-free banquet.

Aug 14, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

Changing a child in the dining area is a terrible idea. First, it stinks and may ruin the dinner for others. Getting rid of the odor isn't that easy in a restaurant. Second, if the poop or pee spills out onto the furniture or floor, the staff would need to sanitize it. Third, the poop or pee may go into the area of an adjacent patron. Again, the staff would need to sanitize this. Fourth, the odors may cause other patrons to vomit, which would compound the problem. That's more stuff to clean/sanitize, and a lot more patrons would be upset.

Aug 11, 2014
raytamsgv in Food Media & News

Review of Yummy House in Arcadia

Yummy House touts itself as serving organic food prepared Hong Kong style. My review is short because we had only three dishes: hot & sour soup, Singapore noodles, and satay beef.

I was not impressed. The hot & sour soup lacked depth. It was hot and sour but not much else. The Singapore noodles were decent, but I've had better at other Hong Kong style restaurants. The satay beef was a disappointment. The beef was tenderized way too much. It was not recognizable as beef. There was too much satay sauce--it overwhelmed the dish.

The shortcomings are not because the ingredients are organic. I actually cook with home-grown organic veggies. The seasonings weren't done correctly. Perhaps other dishes would have been better. I wanted to like the restaurant, but I couldn't. Restaurants need to make a good first impression. Otherwise, customers won't have a motive to return.

Yummy House Chinese Cuisine
600 E. Live Oak Ave.
Arcadia, CA
626-445-1896

Aug 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

Good effort, but it does look a bit on the sad side. Practice makes perfect, so order some more! :-)

Aug 05, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

NYer coming to LA for birthday: top picks? buffet brunch? upscale Chinese w/ Dongpo pork + Peking duck?

There are a few Chinese restaurants where you can spend an arm and a leg if you want: Sea Harbour, Elite, etc. It all depends on the dish you want and the amount of money you want to spend.

Aug 05, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

The Temple City branch is located on Las Tunas Dr.

Aug 05, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sheng Jian Bao

In 2010, I went to the Temple City branch of Kang Kang Food Court and was very disappointed in their sheng jian bao--they were charred black at the bottom. I have not returned since. Have you checked it out, or are you referring to another branch?

Aug 04, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Pork Ramen, what's the broth 'supposed' to taste like

Sounds like you got some bad broth that was put together without much forethought.

Aug 04, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics

Snails w. Black Bean Sauce

Well, this thread is six years old--many restaurants have since come and gone. I retired the guide a while ago, but if you search CH, you can find some of my explanations in different spots. There are also others who have very good explanations of the different types of Chinese cuisines.

Aug 04, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

They actually instituted valet parking.

Jul 22, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

fresh soy milk?

Have you tried VK Foods in Rosemead?

Jul 21, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

I like a bunch of them, but I like reading ipsedixit's posts. He has quite the talent for unusual and colorful metaphors. I also like chandavkl's posts because he seems to be able to manipulate the space-time continuum such that he's almost always present when a new restaurant opens.

Jul 14, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Formerly California Wok Opens on Westside With Authentic Chinese Goodies

Two menus there are: one for Chowhound masters, one for wannabe-Chowhound apprentices.

Jul 14, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

I'm not exactly sure which picture you're referring to, but if it's the third picture in the series, it looks like thinly-sliced garlic that was deep fried.

Jul 14, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

Those cases are actually not very good for displaying most varieties of dim sum because it would dry them out. If you want take out place, try the take-out storefront of Capital Seafood on the northeast corner of Garvey and Atlantic in Monterey Park.

This is NOT the main restaurant that next to the bank. Instead, the small takeout place is about three or four storefronts south of it. They have lots of large pictures in both Chinese and English. It's cash only.

There is a similar place in the 99 Ranch Plaza food court on the intersection of Golden West and Duarte Rd. in Arcadia, but I haven't been there in a while.

Jun 30, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

I had some on a train from Guangzhou to Beijing in the mid-1990's. It was rather ordinary. I didn't have the courage to purchase food from the vendors on the railway platform, though.

Jun 27, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics

Tips on becoming a "self-trained" chef

1. Learn how to select the freshest ingredients.
2. Read a lot of books.
3. Watch other people cook dishes that you like.
4. Experiment.
5. Practice, practice, practice.

Jun 19, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics
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What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

Baby corn.

unlucky locations in the SGV

It's Colorado Blvd and San Gabriel Blvd. in Pasadena.

Jun 17, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Denmark Gefion steakhouse turning into hunan spicy taste

Thanks for the update. BTW, chrysanthemum tea is often offered in many Chinese restaurants.

Jun 16, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

unlucky locations in the SGV

Angelo's pizza in Alhambra. It burned down at least a couple of times in its current location.

Jun 13, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Where do you do your healthy eatin' in LA?

It depends on the definition of "healthy". If it means "low sodium", most restaurant dishes would fail miserably.

Jun 11, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

Lobster used to be food for poor people until the 20th century.

Wholesale banh mi bread in LA?

About two feet, I think.

Jun 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Q's on ordering suckling pig dinner in SGV restaurants

In the big restaurants, like the ones you mentioned, I'm sure there will be some people who will be able to speak English. I think if you're willing to pay for the whole pig, they will be happy to serve it however way you want.

I don't know how long it takes to order it in advance.

Jun 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

4 pizza spots at one intersection. Can you top that?

Well, there are mini-malls in the SGV where you have six or seven restaurants together. And there's probably at least one or two mini-malls on the rest of the block.

Jun 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

FiveThirtyEight says LA has worse burritos than SD AND SF.

Many yelpers just don't know what they're missing.

Jun 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Wholesale banh mi bread in LA?

You can get 3 of them for $1.25 (retail) at Saigon Bakery in San Gabriel. I'm sure any bakery would be willing to sell to you.

Jun 06, 2014
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area