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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
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Bok choy

What type of dishes do they typically like to eat?

Dec 18, 2014
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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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Latest Chinese Mashup-5-Taste Kitchen Replaces Chung King in Artesia

In some places, markets are selling cooked duck parts in various configurations.

Dec 12, 2014
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Some upcoming restaurant openings in the West SGV

At the location of the old Fuji West restaurant in San Gabriel, there is an ABC application in the window. The new restaurant's name will be something like "Hongsam Galbi".

According to the local community newsletter, an "upscale" dim sum restaurant will be opening in Temple City in the near future. It'll be about 9,600 sq. feet. I think it will be opening up at the new mall being built on the northeast corner of Rosemead and Las Tunas, but I'm not certain.

Dec 10, 2014
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Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

Why a flat bottom wok if she has a gas stove? I use a regular one on mine.

Dec 08, 2014
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Vietnamese "Food to Go" Places in SGV

You can buy a hundred egg or spring rolls from any Vietnamese restaurant as long as you give them advance notice.

Dec 05, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

As far as I can tell, it's the same menu they had from their Valley location. But that was from memory.

Dec 02, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Here are some favorites in no particular order:

1. J&J: Pork XLB, Pork & Crab XLB.
2. Hunan Mao: Hunan pork w/ dried turnip
3. Tasty Garden (Arcadia): Beef chow fun with black beans and bell peppers
4. Seafood Village (Temple City): House special crab
5. Sea Food Harbour: Phoenix claws
6. Jim's Bakery: Portuguese-style egg tarts

Quick Meal (formerly known as Mama's Kitchen) in Arcadia has lamb dumplings. I liked them, but I haven't eaten enough lamb dumplings elsewhere to judge their relative quality.

Dec 01, 2014
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85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

I was there a few weeks ago but did not see the bags. What items do they wrap?

Nov 26, 2014
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Turkey and sticky rice from Chinatown?

A number of SGV restaurants have them as well, but I don't know the cutoff times. The drive is that much longer on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 24, 2014
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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I was certainly tempted to get upset, but I knew that my relatives came from a long lineage of farmers in China. I figured they must have had a reason to do what they did.

Nov 24, 2014
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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I disagree: the night soil explanation should not be so dismissed. Customs and practices arise often because they work. Perhaps the people who avoided uncooked vegetables didn't die as frequently as those who liked their food raw, so their practice became the norm.

For example, I had a small nectarine tree in my yard once. When my uncle and mother came into my yard, they immediately went to the tree and started breaking off many, many branches. I asked them why. They said that they didn't know why, but they've done it that way on their family farms for countless generations.

After researching this matter, I found out that peach and nectarine tree bear flowers only on branches that are less than a year old, so if you want a good harvest, you should remove 1/3 of the branches every year.

The point is that my relatives didn't know about the science of it. It just worked for hundreds, if not thousands of years. There may have been a similar reasons for uncooked vegetables.

Nov 21, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
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What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

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

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
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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
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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.