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Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

I also like the Portuguese-style egg tarts from Jim's Bakery.

Jan 27, 2015
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How many different types of fish have you tried?

I got in a conversation with a co-worker about fish. I mentioned that I had tried about 50 different types. He was surprised that there were so many, because had had tried less than 10.

How many of varieties of fish have you tried?

For the purpose of this question, different species of the similar fish are counted separately. For example, sockeye salmon is counted as distinct from king salmon. The cooking/preparation method is irrelevant.

Jan 27, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

Automatic rice cooker. It cooks perfectly every time. I can set it a delay so the rice is cooked when I get home.

Jan 27, 2015
raytamsgv in Cookware

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

Pineapple bread at Kee Wah.

Jan 27, 2015
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Rincon Argentino (Glendale) ... go for the empanadas, stay for the Argentinian Pizza

Thanks for the info!

Jan 22, 2015
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Chinese Wedding Banquet -- Help Please

Which region of China is your friend's fiance from?

If she likes Cantonese food, try NBC or 888. They should be big enough to have a side room for you.

If she doesn't like Cantonese food, your friend may need to opt for smaller restaurants that serve the correct regional cuisine.

Your friends do not need to stick with the fixed menus given to them. They are only suggestions. If they want, they can specify which dishes they want either on or off their regular menu. Most wedding banquet meals that I've eaten were customized to some degree, if not in entirety.

Jan 22, 2015
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Why do so many people call it Ranch 99?

I think it rolls of the tongue more easily.

Jan 22, 2015
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Fried rice always sticks

You can cook fried rice at lower temperatures in a non-stick wok. I do it all the time. It won't necessarily taste the same, but it should be fine.

As others have mentioned, it's probably the wok. I've used my regular wok for years, and by now, it's almost non-stick.

Jan 21, 2015
raytamsgv in Home Cooking

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

There is a definite improvement in her writing. She did a fair amount of research for this and cited sources.

Jan 20, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

It was a marketing ploy. Back then, Monterey Park was in the economic doldrums. There were many empty storefronts on Atlantic Blvd. Many of the existing stores were rather dumpy. The Chinese immigrants brought tons of money into the area.

Lunasia (Pasadena)

The numbers are not to difficult to learn. In English, counting is not intuitive: "teens", "twenty", "thirty", etc. Chinese is much easier:

1. You have one through ten.
2. The teens are "ten-one", "ten-two", etc. for 11, 12, and so on.
3. Twenty is "two-ten". Thirty is "three-ten". And so on.
4. Just add another number for everything else less than 99. For example, 47 is "four-ten seven".

If you know 1-10, you'll know everything up to 99.

Jan 19, 2015
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

Nice article. I enjoyed reading it.

Jan 19, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

where to get Vietnamese baguettes (in West LA, hopefully)??

Can you get it from that restaurant that you visited in downtown? Any restaurant serving banh mi on baguettes will sell you the baguette by itself.

I've been told that the Vietnamese use rice flour to give their bread a unique texture, so using a French baguette won't give you the same result.

Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with any in your neck of the woods.

Jan 15, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Mystery chinese food question -- What the heck did I eat ?

It would most likely be listed as Salt and Pepper ribs or Salt and Pepper pork chop. It's a classic Cantonese dish. It is not often found outside of Cantonese restaurants.

If you see any "Salt and Pepper" dish on the menu (e.g. Salt and Pepper Shrimp), they should be able to make Salt and Pepper ribs/pork chops without any difficulty.

If you don't see it, just ask them.

Jan 15, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Mystery chinese food question -- What the heck did I eat ?

This dish is also known as Jing Du Pai Gu (京都排骨) in Mandarin. The "King Do" is the romanization of the Cantonese pronunciation. In English, it is usually rendered as "Beijing Spareribs" or "Peking Spareribs". I've seen it rendered as "Beijing Pork Chop" as well.

It can be darker or lighter depending on how it is cooked. In general, it is deep fried and sweet.

There are different ways to cook ribs. One popular variation is Cantonese Salt and Pepper ribs. They are deep fried but with salt and pepper.

Jan 14, 2015
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Mystery chinese food question -- What the heck did I eat ?

Unless you're at a Hong Kong-style restaurant, your Chinese-style "pork chop" will not resemble the ones we see in the West. Usually, it would be small pieces of meat with bones on them.

As for your particular dish, it's hard to say unless there is a picture and/or Chinese words.

Jan 12, 2015
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Live Dungeness Crab Season 2014/2015?

The price increased to $9.99/lb.

Dec 30, 2014
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Where to eat good Asian food on Christmas Day?

That leaves you with literally hundreds of options. If you want to get dim sum, go early (say about 10 AM).

If you don't want to wait, try Vietnamese restaurants. I'm not sure how kosher they are, but they certainly have beef or chicken dishes.

Dec 24, 2014
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whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

After you cook a chicken, it should be pretty much sterile. Four hours on the counter should be fine. For comparison, California health codes allow Chinese roast ducks to be exposed to room temperature for 4 hours PRIOR to cooking. We're talking about a non-sterile raw duck.

Dec 24, 2014
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Live Dungeness Crab Season 2014/2015?

I think 168 market had it at $7.99/lb.

Dec 23, 2014
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Authentic Chinese Catering

Why not have a self-serve buffet? Get a few friends to help set up, and let the people take care of themselves.

Dec 23, 2014
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Authentic Chinese Catering

Do you want to just buy food from them, or do you want them to serve it, too?

Dec 22, 2014
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Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

My kids think 1950 was the Stone Ages. :-)

Dec 22, 2014
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Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

I didn't realize they had credit cards 106 years ago.

Dec 19, 2014
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Bok choy

Try cooking the bok choy separately. Most Chinese dishes do not combine large amounts of meat and vegetables together. I use a hot frying pan and pan fry the bok choy with some garlic. Then I add some water, cover it, and reduce the heat to finish the cooking. You can add salt as desired.

Dec 19, 2014
raytamsgv in Home Cooking

Bok choy

What type of dishes do they typically like to eat?

Dec 18, 2014
raytamsgv in Home Cooking

85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

I was there on a morning this past weekend but still did not find any such bags. What time of day did you go?

Dec 15, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

My sources don't like Atlantic Seafood all that much, but I haven't been there myself.

Dec 15, 2014
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JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

Frog is often written as 田雞 (aka field chicken).

Dec 12, 2014
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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Chinese restaurants in the SGV generally treat Christmas as just another day. So any recommendation depends on what you're looking for (e.g. seafood, Hunan, hot pot, etc.)

Dec 12, 2014
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