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Beware the Arrowtooth Flounder!

Arrowtooth flounder is completely unusable unless you want to eat fish mush.

2 days ago
raytamsgv in General Topics

My Vietnamese Pancake - It was NOT good!

I've only cooked banh xeo with a non-stick pan. Mine came out pretty well. You need to make sure that the batter is not too thick so that you a thin pancake.

Jul 30, 2015
raytamsgv in Home Cooking

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Thanks for the link.

Jul 30, 2015
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Need help- chicken breasts

It's all about temperature. If the internal temperature gets too high, it becomes a hockey puck. I stop cooking when my chicken reaches about 160F. It'll cook a little more afterward, but that's fine.

Jul 30, 2015
raytamsgv in Home Cooking

Do you pray before a meal?

Yes. If guests are eating with us, we inform them in advance that we will be saying a short prayer.

Jul 30, 2015
raytamsgv in Not About Food

Tim Tams in America

Tim Tams are awesome. When our office had co-workers visiting from Australia, that was our only request to them: bring a lot of Tim Tams.

Jul 28, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Has anyone tried Battambang (Cambodian) in San Gabriel?

We have information, but we don't always tell you because we're too busy eating. :-)

Jul 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Perhaps there were people who were waiting to sit down at the table that you took. They may have been upset that they waited only to have someone else take their table.

Jul 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Not About Food

New to Pacific Plaza Food Court in RH: O'Heavy Noodles, May 35 Food

I always knew the Irish were one of the Lost Tribes of China.

Jul 21, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area
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Beloved picky guests

I inform them in advance about what we are having. If they don't like it, they can bring their own food.

Jul 21, 2015
raytamsgv in Not About Food
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New York Times Chinese Food Video

I guess that professor from UC Irvine didn't want to go to the SGV.

Jul 15, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Dingle Berries Coffee & Tea (Temple City) has the best boba in SGV

I hope you're serious, because I haven't had civet in a long time.

Jul 13, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

Many of those dishes can be made by people with minimum training. It's like the dishes at PF Chang's. But if you go off the menu, the cooks won't know how to do that because they know only how to do certain dishes, not the cuisine.

Jul 13, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Revelatory Article On El Monte Dim Sum Factory

It's not surprising. If you go to the frozen food section of Asian markets, it seems that almost all the frozen dumplings, baos, etc., are made in the USA.

I would guess these mass-produced dumplings and such would be popular in places that don't specialize in those dishes, such as buffets or places that serve non-regional specialties (e.g. Cantonese restaurant serving XLB). But that's only a guess.

Jul 02, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

SGV: More Changes in Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights

It's a pretty generic name (literally "Three Flavors Food Court"). I wonder what they'll be serving.

Jun 29, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Good for her. I am not a huge fan of her writing, but if she has the desire achieve a goal, I wish her the best of luck.

Jun 25, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

Those restaurants should serve dim sum on the weekday, but the selection on the weekends sometimes have more types of dishes.

Jun 22, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Copper River Salmon

Thanks for the clarification. I feel them out with my fingertips and then pull them out with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. It's a quick process.

Here's a more detailed description of the technique:
http://www.finecooking.com/item/32713...

Copper River Salmon

What are "feather bones"?

Jun 19, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Any way to ID a mealy apple BEFORE biting into it?

Gently tap the apple with the flat portion of your fingernail, not the finger. The sound from a mushy apple will sound muffled. The sound from a crisper apple will be much sharper. You might need to bring the apple close to your ear to hear better. With practice, you'll be able to determine very quickly the sound of good apples.

The science is simple. Sound waves propagate through hard materials better than through soft materials. It's like taking a wooden spoon and tapping a pillow versus tapping a table top.

Jun 19, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

1 day in SGV

Almost all Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in the SGV are open on July 4.

Lunasia (Pasadena)

Well, there goes the neighborhood....

Alhambra/San Gabriel/Monterey Park on a Sunday Night - Any Current Recs?

Summer Rolls
HP Pho Ga Bac Ninh (might be a bit cramped)
Wang Xing Ji

These places are a bit under your $100pp limit.

Jun 12, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Craft bacon in LA.

What is the definition of "craft bacon"? How does it differ from other types of bacon?

Jun 12, 2015
raytamsgv in Los Angeles Area

Banh Mi sandwiches: Is that all there is?

I'm curious: what type of pork fillings do you have in your neck of the woods? In our local shops, we have: 1) grilled slices (thit nuong); 2) grilled ground pork (nem nuong); 3) shredded pork (bi); 4) meatball (xiu mai); 5) pork sausage (chua lua). These all have distinctly different flavors and textures.

Jun 11, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Chicken life!!! Please answer!!!

Let's put it into perspective. In Los Angeles County, the county grades restaurants depending on how well they do in periodic evaluations. A is a score from 90-100, B is a score from 80-89, etc. Every restaurant starts with 100 and given deductions. What you did would have been classified as a Major violation and a 4 point deduction:

"A major violation poses an imminent health hazard that warrants immediate correction and may require closure of the food facility."

If you don't eat a restaurants that have a good safety rating, then you probably wouldn't want to eat the chicken.

Personally, I wouldn't eat it because it was out too long.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/d...

Jun 10, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics
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What kind of rice do Chinese restaurants use for fried rice?

That may be true, but I'm not an expert in other regional rice preferences. In our local Chinese supermarkets, Jasmine rice seems to make up at more than half of the supplies available. Medium grain would be next in terms of the amount displayed on the store floor. Short grain rice is available in smaller quantities, as are specialty rice, such as broken, brown, black (not sure about the name), etc.

Jun 10, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

What kind of rice do Chinese restaurants use for fried rice?

That's a very good explanation. They key to ordering off the menu is a good knowledge of the regional specialties of a Chinese restaurant. Using Chemicalkinetics example, most knowledgeable Chinese patrons would know that it takes a long lead time to prepare dumplings, so they would not order custom dumplings.

One example I've cited before is that I once ordered Tomato Curry Beef Chow Mein at almost every Cantonese restaurant I visited for more than a year. I knew that the ingredients available even though the dish was almost never listed. Yes, it raised a few eyebrows, but every restaurant cooked it anyway.

Jun 10, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Banh Mi sandwiches: Is that all there is?

The fillings are optional just like in your local sandwich shop. You can eat it plain, or you can add butter, jalapenos, carrots, daikon, cucumber, cilantro, etc. If you leave out any of those ingredients, the flavor changes noticeably.

The different members of my family all customize their banh mi in their own way. There are fewer options than at your local Subway, but they are still there.

Jun 10, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics

Banh Mi sandwiches: Is that all there is?

The general idea is the same. It depends on the filings, just like any other sandwich shop. Depending on their authenticity and skill levels, some shops will cook things differently from others.

Jun 10, 2015
raytamsgv in General Topics