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rangoon kitchen in san gabriel

it's my understanding, yes, but wasn't it fuji west?

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

that's right, caesar's grill. it was never busy when i went in, i didn't think they'd stay open that long.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Watermelon Bread, does any SGV Taiwanese bakery have it?

JJ bakery (on baldwin?) has a rendition that's cute but dry.

New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

i added both to the beef noodle.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

some folks took over when the original staff decided to go home to shanghai. word is they came back and opened OSK. my goal is to try it before the end of the summer.

BTW saw your china tasty article, had lunch there today. IMO the beef noodle soup does benefit from a touch of acidity from the addition of a skoosh of black vinegar. the flat noodles were chewier than the triangle noodles. and the noodles in brown sauce were a miss by consensus of the table.

2 days ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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New to Rosemead: Dalian Small Stone Restaurant

old shanghai kitchen, the old staff from that shanghai restaurant wang jia on san gabriel blvd are cooking there now.

Jul 02, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

good point; i've gotten lamajeune there. but no formal restaurants i can think of, though IIRC there was a shawarma place on allen at villa about 15 years ago.

Jul 02, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

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

lunasia? shi hai?

actually, the most interesting info in the article for me was that they're also behind yum cha cafe, allowing us to speculate where the (relative) quality of YCC fits along the spectrum of the products produced by this factory. or whether the ingredients that don't make the cutoff point of quality for export go into YCC offerings.

Jul 02, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Best omakase under $50

and then just stop.

Jul 02, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Basic Whole Roasted Chicken

it's a good recipe, but if you actually have quality chicken (which most don't), resist the temptation to over-season it; good chicken should taste like..... chicken.

having said that, in addition to using extra chicken fat to baste underneath the skin, i occasionally add sliced onion which helps separate the skin from the meat allowing air to circulate for crispier skin (i used to watch my dad use a bike pump & needle inserted under the skin to make duck skin crispier). the onions cooked in chicken fat come out incredibly sweet and help keep the flesh moist.

Jul 01, 2015
barryc in Recipes

Armenian in Glendale

nothing overtly armenian i can recall, though one popular takeout place was originally run by a persian-armenian (trained in japan) - grach gregorian - who first opened gerlach's grill some 20 years ago. it was an eclectic mix of seafood, tacos and middle eastern fare. the quality has dipped as it's changed ownership a few times.

another persian armenian runs lee's hoagie house which IMO doesn't get the love it merits because it closes so early. they make a hoagie with grilled chicken that's awfully good.

otherwise, much as it pains me to say it, pasadena's become largely a collection of nondescript chain/franchise restaurants since smaller places can't afford the rent in old town. but if you go to pasadena, head north another 5 minutes for gelato at bulgarini in altadena.

Jun 30, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Armenian in Glendale

the typo on zankou was a major freudian slip BTW.

Jun 30, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: More Changes in Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights

maybe everything they make has pork, sea cucumber & shrimp in it?

Jun 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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SGV: More Changes in Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights

maybe they specialized in other kinds of appetites?

Jun 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Suggestions for out of towners

in that vein, IMO what makes LA unique isn't the finer dining which has some fine examples but nothing that would make you want to leave the east coast permanently. especially if you love deli food. you may want to try bar bouchon as it's the only one compared to bouchon which has locations in LA and in NYC. but otherwise, i'd suggest considering the ethnic cuisines served in hole in the wall places here. but it depends on the preferences of your group as a whole.

Jun 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

and FWIW, the genocide resulted in an armenian diaspora and these armenians classify themselves based on their new country of origin. so you have persian/iranian armenians distinguishing themselves from those in lebanon. i'd expect that the new country influences the cuisine of these specifically distinct ethnic groups and also explains a place like raffi's that qualifies as much being persian as armenian.

there's probably as much variance in cuisine in the diaspora as there is in regional chinese cuisine. my understanding is that there are armenians scattered into countries including myanmar, thailand & india, not to mention there being an armenian quarter in jerusalem.

zankou could be relatively authentic, or maybe armenians see it as the armenian version of pf changs; i'd love to hear armenians weigh in on this.

Jun 28, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Armenian in Glendale

so if someone asks for a recommendation for good chinese food i should just bite my tongue when someone recommends pf changs?

Armenian in Glendale

FWIW, on GP (general principle) i would hesitate to recommend any franchise-type chain to a visiting CH. maybe in-n-out if they're not from elsewhere in the SW where in-n-out is accessible. maybe tommy's but only at 3am just to see who else is still up in LA at 3am. there's more than one 101 noodle express, but it's more a family thing than a franchise. i refrained from snark on the initial mention of zankou only because i'm partial to their garlic paste. but i'd get schwarma somewhere else and use that garlic paste on that; i can't in good conscience advise someone to have a meal at zankpou when better alternatives can be had.

Jun 27, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

things worth doing are worth doing badly

Jun 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

other than the prices? <double entendre font>

Jun 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

in the brain or around the waist?

actually there's a lot of good food to be found all over spain and portugal as well.

Jun 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

i'd rather go to spain and do some research on iberico ham.

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

it's not about the crowd-sourcing as much as the person doing it. perhaps if you did a search on that person's name on CH and went through some of those threads it might help you understand why i expected a level of antipathy bordering on a feeding frenzy in terms of responses. my original response stands.

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

the reference to thailand was much more... refined IMO.

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

a friend recommends taron bakery

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

raffi's is well recommended. zankou is a chain and it can vary a little from location to location. but the garlic paste (basically garlic and mashed potato mix) is very popular.

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

it was more a suggestion of two birds, one stone.

also FWIW, armenians are also starting to move east from glendale into pasadena are evidenced by at least one new church as well as a private high school in the last 10 years and a few bakeries. (and my mechanic for the last 15 years - in pasadena - happens to be armenian.)

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

better choice than the ones we've had lately.

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

FWIW, while the largest concentration of armenians outside armenia is found in glendale, they're not just in glendale; there's also an area known as little armenia in the hollywood district to the NW of downtown LA right off the 101 freeway heading out of downtown. if you like lamhajune, there are a number of bakeries in that area where you can grab some and then head over to thai town which overlaps little armenia, thai also being something that LA probably has more of than NY.

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Recipe for Ham Ji Park ribs?

i don't recall the sense of spice you seem to be looking for as much as the sense of sweetness in the glaze that reminded me of the mizozuke marinade. i have some korean friends who use 7-up as part of their bulogogi marinade. it's probably cheaper than using soju or mirim when you're making large quantities of it.

Jun 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area