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vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

even if the name changed, i'd expect someone on CH to remark on it if the place was decent in a previous iteration.

Nov 20, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

there is no reference to tan khai hoan in LA chowhound. i find this somewhat odd.

Nov 20, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

thanks for your responses. i think they were referring to tan khai hoan, which we may try for lunch tomorrow.

Nov 20, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

they specified across the street from the supermarket plaza.

Nov 20, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

vietnamese place in SGV at the interection of san gabriel & garvey?

i've been doing a vietnamese kick (way beyond just pho) lately and while at BMMT this week i mentioned having gone to tai siu last week and the son and the mom told me there's also a good place at the aforementioned intersection but didn't mention the name of the place. i could of course drive by but i'm sure someone out there can give me a hint as to the name of the place.

and BMMT is closed all next week. and their family is from the south near the mekong delta.

Nov 20, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Guizhou Flavor In Industry

frankly. i was more interested in the fact that you went to the same buffet that many times in the space of 3 weeks. so this place takes over kirin buffet as your #1 buffet in the SGV?

Nov 17, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel crawl

Nov 16, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

I am just crazy about this place!

basically rice with tomato paste, garlic & fish sauce

Nov 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

I am just crazy about this place!

went there for lunch yesterday. BTW they've since moved about a block south closer to garvey.

we went with the com bo luc lac (beef with red rice), cornish hen with red rice, goat curry, squid with pickled vegetables, the large size canh chua (sweet sour soup) with catfish and an order of noodles, that covered only a fraction of the items on the menu.

the place is worth trying, add peppers & fish sauce to the canh chua to taste.

Nov 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

the first week of nov. has come and gone. is no one else curious to find out where the OP actually went to eat?

Nov 11, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

compared to a real deli? hardly.

Nov 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Haggis and whisky

jim murray gave that award. i personally don't challenge that, but some folks don't necessarily agree with murray's biases. when the budget allows (and i drop enough weight to get out of diabetes range), i'd like to try a bottle of the yamazaki 18.

Nov 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Haggis and whisky

suntory exports to the US (yamazaki hakashu hibiki et al) & can be had at K&L, bevmo, bristol farms etc. i think nikka can be now also be found at some of those places. but that's about it AFAIK.

Nov 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Haggis and whisky

i suggested a relatively small intake at dinner anticipating travelling for more drinks later, especially if it's more about sampling the pairings with only 8 oz of haggis.

with that kind of selection, this might sound sacrilegious but you might consider a japanese whisky even though most of them are more lowland-ish and speyside-y but some have peaty notes that might make them a good match for haggis. something like a hakushu 12 which is basically a yamazaki 12 (one of my favorites) but with smokiness, reminiscent of talisker and still very affordable.

Nov 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Haggis and whisky

i'd hate to see your friend get a poor choice of whisky just because it can be had in a larger bottling. talisker 10 is a popular pairing for haggis, but i don't think you can get anything other than a 700/750 ml (700 in europe, 750 in the states). going 8 oz a serving from a 15 lb haggis suggests an upper limit of 30 guests. and at 2 2oz servings per guest, 5 bottles should do the trick.

you could even try different pairings, but i'd stay with choices that include notes of sweet, spicy & smoky. mainly islay/skye and some highlands. a few speysides. 3 1 oz servings per guest of the following maybe:
- talisker 10
- highland park 12
- macallan 12

and a single bottle of each should be sufficient with an upper limit of 24 guests.

Nov 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Korean B.B.Q.

as no one else has bothered to respond:

AYCE prices range from $10 (places like sanya & castle) to $28 (oo kook) and it seems to me that the price range tends to be commensurate with the quality of the meat.

when it comes to AYCE i favor quantity over quality as i've found that i can usually get what i want a la carte for less with a party of four sharing orders of higher grade stuff

Nov 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Thought I'd mention that Tatsu Ramen on Melrose is rolling noodles in house

i suspect that few people appreciate fully how texture matters in how flavors adhere to the pasta.

Nov 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

look at any historical chinatown in the US and you'll find that it was located near downtown to be near to major public transit lines; poor immigrants with no cars. the cantonese/toisan immigrants who could afford to move out might have come back to the hood 20-30 years ago to shop, etc. but there's no reason to do so now with a ranch 99 or some such within convenient driving distance in the 'burbs. by and large, the new wave of chinese immigrants are not coming from southern china and represent a completely different demographic culturally and financially. as the current residents/businesses of chinatown continue to die out, other groups will move in; i understand that roughly half of the proprietors of shops located in chinatown are now vietnamese, especially on the eastern side of chinatown. i don't expect that trend to reverse itself.

what tonyc would call obligatory food content: hop li remains the only reason i'd intentionally drive to chinatown. mainly because one of my older relatives has always insisted on the place since he's eaten there for the last 25-30 years and it's a known quantity. but i've eaten there maybe twice in the last 5 years. if i want cantonese comfort food, the sam woo on valley near 6th in alhambra is closer and it fits the bill, especially with their after 10:30 pm specials. but there's a variety of regional chinese cuisines in the SGV i don't feel a need to scratch that itch very often nowadays either.

Nov 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

or that toilet-themed restaurant that eventually closed (IIRC). people were taking pics until they were told they had to actually eat there to take pics.

Nov 03, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

the last time i went to ABC downtown was over 20 years ago

Nov 03, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Has Empress Pavilion reopened?

sounds like ocean seafood redux

Nov 03, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Colori Kitchen, for dinner ?????????

sounds like what looked like 'colon kitchen' in smaller font wasn't so off after all.

Nov 01, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

being the best deli in LA is like being the best sailor in the swiss navy.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

+1 on the getty over the tar pits.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

eh, the post specified the ORIGINAL tommys on beverly, and it *would* be worth it to go at say, 2am, just to see who's up regularly at that time of night. tommy's is an institution, but i'd include it only in a package for folks coming to s. ca. chanting "see LA and die"... i think i just dropped 6 months off my life expectancy just thinking about the caliente burger with triple meat at 1324 calories and 2849 gms of sodium, an order of chili cheese fries at 920 calories and another 770 gms of sodium, topped off with a chocolate shake, 680 & 290, respectively.

http://www.originaltommys.com/pdf/nut...

but it might fit the bill for what the OP wants.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

"Chandavkl, your mission should you choose to accept it ..."

fair enough, though souplantation is in a different category for me.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

i prefer flavor garden's beef roll. most everything else FG does is also on point, including their dumplings and soups, which is rare in the SGV.

get a roll from 101 noodle across the street on valley, compare, and decide for yourself.

their fish dumplings rival those at qingdao bread food (which might be the best in the SGV). the shrimp dumpling filling actually consists of two discernable pieces of shrimp.

just about everyone orders their fen zheng pai gu

their xian bing are also very good along with the scallion pancake

the spicy sweet potato noodles are also very good.

they're probably weakest with their XLB's, but that's forgivable.

finally, it's one of the few places that i've seen actually have a waiting line at lunch at 12:30 on a week day the last couple of times i went.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

"Chandavkl, your mission should you choose to accept it ..."

but when was the last time you actually ate at a buffet? personally, i've been maybe 4 times in the last 3 years.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Oh, oh, Ho Ho Kitchen: "Under New Management"

so is the place still chow-worthy? i'm considering it as an option for a future friday lunch.

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

"Chandavkl, your mission should you choose to accept it ..."

they might do well priced at $21.99 during the week for dinner if the dedcated sushi area is as large as you describe and the quality is adequate.

http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/the-s...

Oct 30, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area