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For a vegan: Szechuan Impression v. Chengdu Taste. Which?

Unless you talk with the restaurant days in advance, I doubt the vegans in your group will be happy.

alternative to taco catering?

What about wood-fired pizza made in a portable oven? I had these guys cater a birthday party for one of my kids. Everyone loved the pizza. They trucked in a portable wood-fired oven to make the pizza.

http://fahrenheitla.com/

Disclaimer: I know the owner on a social basis.

What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

American, Italian, and Mexican, using your loose definition of "ethnic".

1 day ago
raytamsgv in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

The situation is very different today. Knowledge of microbes has been around for less than two hundred years.

Chinese food in the US can be very different from Chinese food in China. In the US, an "old tradition" may have been around for only a few decades. In China, that wouldn't even qualify as a middle-aged tradition. "Old traditions" there can go back thousands of years.

1 day ago
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Cantonese

What type of Cantonese restaurant? Seafood. Roasted meats? Congee?

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I don't recall off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure I've had them in a few places. I'm not a fan of raw vegetables, so I don't usually remember them.

Nov 18, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

There's actually quite a diversity of Chinese regional cuisines in the San Gabriel Valley in the Los Angeles area.

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I would say that it is related to the use of night soil in China. China's soil is not naturally very fertile anymore due to thousands of years of cultivation, so night soil was very cheap and useful, historically speaking.

I doubt if the Chinese knew about this until the last hundred years or so. However, I'm sure that over the thousands of years of Chinese cuisine, they figured out a correlation between eating raw vegetables and getting sick.

This is probably the same reason why Chinese have historically drank tea instead of water. When the Transcontinental Railroad was being built in the US, the Irish workers fell ill to water-borne diseases at far greater rate than the Chinese workers primarily because the Chinese boiled their water for tea.

These days, it's different because of modern hygiene practices and knowledge.

Nov 17, 2014
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Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Get a dwarf Meyer lemon tree. Look for it in nurseries.

Nov 10, 2014
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Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

The LA Times has an article about it:
http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish...

Oct 29, 2014
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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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