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Pho and Crawfish at Next Generation in Monterey Park

i don't recall seeing anyone else mention it: spicy girls replaced fang's kitchen. at first i was hoping it'd be a chinese 'hooters'. no such luck, back to uncle yu's...

Aug 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

the relatively recently opened chef geng's offers a 'five delights with noodle' that's a nice option. big enough to make a lunch for two on a hot day.

Aug 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

it took me 5 seconds to google and confirm that tonkatsu sauce is essentially a variant of worcestershire. it's about due diligence.

and to make this food related, when i'm out of worcestershire, i substitute a mix of fish sauce, vinegar and salt.

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

since the initial comment prompting this got deleted: UA - ugly american (think yelpers critiquing ethnic restaurants)

Aug 24, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Supersize Me! New 99 Ranch in Alhambra

they also have workers who speak english which i discovered a while back during their soft opening.

Aug 24, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best Indian food in LA?

you might try udupi palace in artesia

http://www.udupipalace.net/menu.html

although i don't think they have the specific puri snacks you're hoping to find but surati farsan mart offers them.

http://www.suratifarsan.com/Dahipuri_...
http://www.suratifarsan.com/Bhel_Puri...

Aug 23, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

how is the diversity? we've got little fujian (i guess they went mainly to NYC and the east coast), the number of cantonese places are dwindling, but more recently we've gotten a lot of dongbei, shanghai/zhejang, bejing/tianjin, szechuan, taiwanese, some uighur, even 2-3 wuhan places, etc.

Aug 22, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

i'd even take my own pictures.

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

oh man. i'm just beginning to discover how much i still don't know about chinese - but i think i'll be exploring more mexican, vietnamese & korean stuff for a while.

Aug 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

oh man, i'd love to spend 6-12 months just eating chinese food in vancouver; i understand you folks have it even better than we do. make it 6 months - the warmer months.

maybe i could get that crowd-sourced.

Pasadena - North of 210 dining options?

and live blues music on saturday nights

Aug 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley from Lucky Peach

that post has been on the LP website for a while. i actually like most of the places though not necessarily for their item specified - which weren't necessarily dumplings.

for example: ELITE just for siu mai & ha gao?

QINGDAO BREAD FOOD and NOT get the fish dumplings?

BEIJING PIE HOUSE and NOT get the pork with fennel?

WANG XING JI? MEH.replace it with shanghai dumpling house which is less than a block away.

FLAVOR GARDEN is a personal favorite that gets little love on CH. the mini pies with leeks are actually pretty good - but not dumplings. but to be fair, i think they've slipped as they've gotten busier.

LUSCIOUS DUMPLING is a legit choice.

HUI TOU XIANG next door is convenient for proximity but just not a destination IMO just to get their oblong version of a dumpling. i'd rather go to NOODLE HOUSE in the mall next to beijing pie house; i don't know if it's because they don't assemble anything until you order it, but the dough in their buns & dumplings seems... fresher somehow.

i find the SJB at emperor noodles to be too doughy for my tastes. i don't think i liked anything at emperor noodle, actually. kang kang at valley & garfield or shau may at garfield & garvey serves my favorite iterations of SJB at present. and it's a short distance from qingdao bread food to shau may.

Aug 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Korean vs. Japanese Sashimi ?

to me, it's like comparing pho to bun; they have some fundamental similarities, but they're very different; in legit hwe places where your meal was swimming in a tank minutes before, what you get doesn't have a chance to go through rigor mortis which significantly changes the texture/flavor. plus most hwe gets dipped into gojuchang; i associate a level of finesse with sashimi that i don't with hwe.

Aug 20, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Modan Artisanal Ramen

i saw a similar modan sign on colorado in eagle rock. are they expanding?

Aug 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Peshwari Naan

i'm not crazy about sweet naan as a carb to go with indian main dishes, but some like the contrast; a chacun son gout. IIRC there are a lot of variations involving some combination of dried fruit, coconut and nuts.

the point is that there are differences so recommendations can be a lot more subjective.

Aug 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

French Toast with Salmon Roe

i think the brunch buffet at tres on la cienaga offers house made chinese-style steamed buns served with salmon roe and creme fraiche. given it's a brunch, the buffet might also offer french toast in which case you could DIY.

Aug 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese Food In The World In The San Gabriel Valley?

i think tonyc has a point: bouchon and french laundry have as much in common as a cayenne and a carrera, and truth be told, most of the chinese places in LA in general fit more a chinese bistro type of category with noodles/buns etc dominating a typical menu more in line of the everyday food of their region.

Aug 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

ISO a store-bought tomato based pasta sauce

from a strict chemistry standpoint adding a base like baking soda will bring down the pH but i've never been a fan of that.

if you have a raw tomato, sometimes it benefits by tweaking the acidity upwards with balsamic, etc. at other times, you salt it to bring down the acidity. i'd think that the same idea work here. but instead of salt, try a salty ingredient like an anchovy which also adds a little depth of flavor. if you want more sweetness without it screaming 'SUGAR' add some caramelized onion or even slow cooked carrot.

Aug 16, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

i don't think i've missed out.

Aug 15, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

funny. i heard of her first when CHer's began expressing opinions on CH.

Aug 15, 2015
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Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

maybe if you listed your full name

Aug 14, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

and it would be self-sustaining.

Aug 13, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

yes, avoid doing sushi on a sunday; fish markets are closed and no one ships on sundays.

Aug 13, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shen Yang in San Gabriel

if you've ever had a deep fried fish skeleton after the meat was removed for sashimi or sushi, it's not that different. if you've never had there, i can't think of any other analogs.

À chacun son goût

Aug 11, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shen Yang in San Gabriel

beer food or bar food. any bar that uses whole chickens could get some serious bang for the buck either as appetizers or freebies that make you drink more beer.

Aug 10, 2015
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Shen Yang in San Gabriel

the japanese do the same kind of thing with fish skeletons after fileting them. it's just easier to debone a chicken so there's less meat. for the region, the calcium is probably welcome. but overall, there's just something satisfying about having to work just to get a few tasty morsels. and of course, any meat coated with cumin & garlic is pretty much a winner.

Aug 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shen Yang in San Gabriel

i'm glad you appreciated the recommendation. i love those cumin chicken bones myself.

Aug 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SF hound in LA tomorrow. Is itinerary okay?

you tried the cumin chicken bones? good beer food.

Aug 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Curses! Lamb House in Rowland Heights is Closed

FWIW, this thread is not tagged (yet) chinese in the beta version. i requested that they add a feature that allows us to (de)nominate tags then requiring (3-5?) others to confirm the (un)tag.

i also suggested inclusion of most of the known regional terms and their variant spellings, other unique terms like XLB & SJB, etc. and have them rerun that particular scan to identify which posts to tag as chinese.

i may start visiting establishments in the ESGV someday.

Aug 09, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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SF hound in LA tomorrow. Is itinerary okay?

there are 3 different restaurants named shen yang. they're good but i have experience only with the one in monterey park. they have the best korean style cold noodles in LA. chef geng's opened earlier this year. been there once, liked what we had (cold noodle, five delights glass noodle - think dongbei version of a japanese hiyashi chuka) but they have a huge menu. if you try northern chinese restaurant, get an order of the DIY smoked pork wrap/roll. another decent place (dalian small stone) closed earlier this year and was replaced by a pretty good shanghai restaurant.

Aug 07, 2015
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