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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.

2 days ago
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Craft bacon in LA.

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

Jun 12, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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What kind of rice do Chinese restaurants use for fried rice?

Any type of long grain rice--they're less sticky than short or medium grain rice. Cooking with short grain rice leaves you with big clumps of rice. Medium grain is the same but with smaller clumps.

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

Jasmine rice is very popular amongst Chinese people. I've visited many Chinese supermarkets, and Jasmine rice is by far the most common type available.

Jun 10, 2015
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Are fish eyes considered edible?

Cheeks...yum!

What cut is this?

I've never worked with a slice that thin, but it it was up to me, I'd sear both sides *very* briefly at high heat. Then I'd pour in some stock, turn down the heat, and then cover and simmer at a low heat until it's tender.

Jun 05, 2015
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Vegetarian Chinese in the Western SGV - Some Questions

Try the Lemon Grass "Chicken". It's superior than most real meat versions I've had.

Jun 05, 2015
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LA Vacation in July - Critique my choices!

Din Tai Fung isn't bad, but their menu is very limited. Sea Harbour in Rosemead or Elite in Monterey Park are better choices.

Jun 02, 2015
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Taiwanese Restaurants in LA area (including Orange County)

In what general area will you be located? LA is a big place.

Jun 02, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

I would not recommend Golden Deli for the pho. Their other dishes are better. I would recommend getting Central Vietnamese food at Summer Roll in Rosemead. Get nem chua nuong cuon (sour grilled pork rolls) and Bun Bo Hue. Also nearby is Saigon Bakery in San Gabriel, were you can get good Vietnamese sandwiches for less than $2 each.

Jun 02, 2015
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Seafood Village Is Now Seafood Palace (At Least in Monterey Park)

Did you go to the one in Monterey Park or Temple City?

Jun 02, 2015
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Why are baked beans for breakfast popular in the UK, but no longer popular in the US?

It's because Americans are more serious about reducing greenhouse gases than the British are.

May 28, 2015
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Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Have you tried La Paloma in Duarte?

May 20, 2015
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Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

There are many types of Sriracha sauces available, so the taste may differ between brands. I think it's okay, but I prefer other hot sauces.

May 19, 2015
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Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Mojo potatoes are awesome.

May 18, 2015
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