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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

Either they actually replaced the sign, or it's the best repair job I've ever seen.

Sep 17, 2014
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

I agree--dinner is superior to dim sum.

Sep 17, 2014
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SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

I went there today with some fellow adventurers. We had some boiled dumplings: pork with leek, pork with fennel, and lamb with carrots. Every dumpling was right on the mark. I especially liked the lamb with carrots dumpling.

The beef noodle soup wasn't that popular because the beef was too tough. I did not personally try it.

I tried their beef roll for the first time. They are each about the size of a 1 pint/0.5 liter water bottle. The seasonings were good. The wrapper was thin and fairly crispy. The egg flavor was very noticeable. Like all other beef rolls, it was heavy on the stomach. We thought it was good, but we generally preferred the ones offered at 101 Noodle Express.

They have a steam table there, so you can order stuff for a quick lunch. They also have lunch specials. As before, you can order bags of frozen dumplings, including what appeared to be potstickers the size of a small calzone. The freezer is next to the door in the dining area (you can see it in the picture)

Parking is a pain. From the street, it looks like one long strip mall. In reality, it's a few small strip malls put together. The lots are physically separate, so you need to make sure you enter the right one.

Seating is cramped. I think it can fit about 18 people if everyone was skinny. Decor is about average.

There was no AC, so on a hot day (100F today), it can get quite uncomfortable.

Finally, they fixed the sign. It says "Quick" instead of "Qnick".

Sep 17, 2014
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Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Nice list and descriptions.

Sep 17, 2014
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food safety & murdering pathogens

Many bacteria excrete toxins as a waste byproduct. Heating the food will kill the bacteria, but it might not have any effect on the toxin.

Sep 16, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

That doesn't really apply anymore. Many Chinese restaurants realize that many potential patrons actually care about the ratings.

Sep 12, 2014
raytamsgv in General Topics

Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

I doubt that Mongolians carried around raw noodles for cooking. They were nomads who probably did not cultivate wheat.

Sep 12, 2014
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Los Angeles Area Chinese Wedding Banquet

Not that I know of. Everyone I knew gave a deposit and then paid off the total amount after the banquet.

Sep 09, 2014
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Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

The Chinese signage has changed, but that doesn't mean a thing if someone can't read it.

Sep 09, 2014
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Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

It's merely a simple example to illustrate the point of how price increases would be related to sales volume. The real world is far more complex in terms of tax codes, deductions, write-offs, productivity, part-time vs. full-time workers, etc.

Sep 07, 2014
raytamsgv in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

It depends on several factors: amount of sales, initial menu prices, number or workers, etc. In California, I've been told by various hiring managers that the total cost of employing someone is about double their wages due to taxes and such. A $5 per hour pay raise would cost an employer $10 per hour. Let's suppose:

1. The restaurant open 80 hours per week.
2. Four workers must be present at all times.
3. Each worker works a maximum of 40 hours per week.
4. The amount of sales doesn't change.

This means you have 8 workers that will cost an additional $3200 per week ($166,400 per year). If you sell 3200 items in a week, you would need to raise the cost by $1 per item. This would be a small change if you currently charge $10 per item. But if you currently charge $5 per item, it's a big change.

For small restaurants, losing $166,000 per year would be catastrophic. They would need to raise prices and/or layoff people.

Sep 05, 2014
raytamsgv in Not About Food

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

Here are the Chinese characters if anyone is interested: 川人百味

Sep 02, 2014
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Meyer Lemon Cake

Meyer lemons are seasonal. They are can be difficult to find because their thin skin doesn't protect it well during shipment to market.

Aug 26, 2014
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How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

Don't be so hard on yourself. The sight lines are poor. It's very hard to see those when you're driving by, especially if you're the driver.

Aug 25, 2014
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So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

JThur01: Shandong was a German concession, so I guess it isn't too much of a surprise.

Aug 25, 2014
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Need a new place for Chinese beef rolls... :(

I'm not sure where they make the pancake itself, but the final prep/assembly is done in the kitchen. I peeked in and watched the non-Chinese kitchen staff put them together in the Arcadia location a few months ago. I think the ingredients were pre-measured, but I not completely certain.

Aug 25, 2014
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So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

Thanks for the update.

Aug 22, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

The Temple City branch is located on Las Tunas Dr.

Aug 05, 2014
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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
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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
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Newport Seafood San Gabriel Location Closing?

They actually instituted valet parking.

Jul 22, 2014
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fresh soy milk?

Have you tried VK Foods in Rosemead?

Jul 21, 2014
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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
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