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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

i posted pics in the thread named SDH, BTW.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shanghai Dumpling House

i finally visited for the first time today. high marks from everyone in my group, even the gwei lo.

the XLB are remarkably thin-skinned (like a few posters here?) yet even a little jostling results in no leakage of a surprising amount of broth which is not as rich tasting as some, but serious points for dough and construction. generous amount of shredded ginger supplied to those who ask.

the beef roll was good but could have used a little more sauce IMO. not to mention a little more volume (only four pieces of the same size as others cut into 6 pieces).

the dry noodles with the spicy pork (the soup with seaweed on the side was unexpected) was good, but again also on the smaller side portion wise.

fried dumplings also well prepared, minimal greasiness, but on the small side.

quality over quantity rules here. i actually think it's a better approach for those who want to try a lot of different items with a small group.

2 days ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

somewhat tangential: almost went there today but decided on shanghai dumpling house. SDH is IMO a solid top five choice for XLB.

2 days ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

luk yue - jook late friday nights.... i miss the place.

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shanghai Dumpling House

bruce lee, enter the dragon

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

the taiwanese will buy winter homes there maybe?

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

cumin pork ribs?

it's not preference so much as a desire to try them. i was watching anthony bourdain on cnn in shanghai eating these last night.

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

claremont - the future mecca of chinese food? nope, i'm not seeing it.

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

cumin pork ribs?

yeah. there's lots of lamb with cumin out there.

i found this pic out there on the internet

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabienl...

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

cumin pork ribs?

zi-ran pai gu?

apparently this is similar to the dongbei style cumin chicken bones except made with pork ribs, either a hunan or shanghai specialty. and it's supposed to be amazing, which i don't doubt since i like the cumin chicken bones at shen yang. does anyone know of any place in LA that offers this dish? seems like it'd be fun to get an order and gnaw on them while watching the super bowl.

Jan 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

and WSGV-ers will treat the 605 the way west siders treat the 405? or will it be the ESGV-er's that treat the 605 the way west siders treat the 405?

Jan 28, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Pine and Crane - no prices on takeout menu

i think most people feel that way, but there are some folks who have sufficient disposable income for whom it wouldn't matter. i'm not one of them.

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

speaking of egg tarts, i lament the day happy bakery at the corner of ninth & valley burned down.

Jan 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The Breakdown: Green Onions, Scallions, Leeks

leeks are a great way to add richness of texture without adding fat. they're the secret ingredient in a lot of soups i make. cold braised leeks are also great as a sandwich filling.

Jan 27, 2015
barryc in Features

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

i'm not into pastries so much but i'm a sucker for that pandan cake that looks like it should be sold only on st patrick's day. rather than pay $2 a package, i order a whole one for only $7 at places like BMMT.

Jan 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Mr. Lamb Opens in Industry

no one else has baaaaa -thered to comment?

Jan 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

the man has won a pulitzer for writing about food and he's largely responsible for elevating the interest into regional ethnic cuisines. the guy is a chowhound in spirit and IMO a hero (even if he can be influenced to withhold the mortal verbal blow a place like shi hai IMO deserves). but there are critics who are known to the industry to be bent, that is to say, a good review can be bought in return for preferential treatment. and there are some critics who take offense to being comped or being sent complimentary dishes. the savvy places know to also send the same dishes to all the surrounding tables. but it's not just critics/writers. when someone like thomas keller goes out to eat, and makes reservations, he makes it clear that he wants no complimentary amuse-bouche, no other amenities, just what he ordered. the fact that thomas keller would want to eat at your place is already a pretty good recommendation, i'd think, but it's quite understandable that you'd want to impress someone like that and trot out what you consider your finest creations when all he wants is a burger and fries.

Jan 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Zankou

you might as well just make the sauce at home. it's just garlic and boxed mashed potato maybe a little oil.

Jan 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

yeah.

moving on, i smiled when i read gold's review of shi hai. i thought it rather artful of him to suggest that shi hai was at its best with the simple stuff.

Jan 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

someone who knows that the specialty of nanjing kitchen is duck, not chicken.

Jan 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

Jan 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Why do so many people call it Ranch 99?

you might as well ask why everyone insists on referring to omar as omar's. even though the owner is a female and omar is her LAST name.

or we could start arguing over the real name of the restaurant at the JYTH plaza.

Jan 23, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

sadly, i stopped reading when she referred to gold article's concerning the speciality of nanjing kitchen as being chicken (it's duck) though i remain intrigued about becoming a jgold scout; can one earn merit badges? i guess jim thurman would have earned a dongbei merit badge with his recent article.

Jan 22, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

McD on Imperial Hwy in Brea - create your own burger and new concept

the next step is automation of the process if they raise the minimum wage.

Jan 22, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

What Happens if You Eat One of Those Silica Gel Packets?

my pecs got firmer...

Jan 22, 2015
barryc in Features

Chinese Wedding Banquet -- Help Please

IIRC king hua has a room on the side that would be just about the right size.

Jan 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Super Burger - Pasadena

i'll throw in a plug for lee's hoagie house on colorado. i moved in 2 blocks from there back in '98, bought sandwiches there for the people who helped me move. 6 months later i went back in and shahan remembered my name. but besides going to a place where the proprietor will remember your name is the chicken hoagie. plus the complimentary peppers & pickled veggies: carrot, cabbage, cucumbers, turnips & when they're in season, sweet peppers & free refills on fountain drinks.

http://leeshoagie.com/

the down side is that they close fairly early (7pm) but they also do pretty good breakfasts.

Jan 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

i know tonyc likes shen yang (MP) but more for their version of korean cold noodles. i like the cumin chicken bones, but found the SY (MP) preparation uneven in terms of consistency. the first time was best, subsequent orders came off underseasoned and/or somehow undercooked.

we tried thousands tasty on the recommendation of a friend's friends. hopefully that person has new friends now; we were underwhelmed by the food. moreover, having the meal interrupted by them wheeling supplies by on a dolly through the front door out of the back of a BMW x6 tended to reinforce the overall sense of... je ne sais quoi of the place.

Jan 18, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01's Top Dongbei Dishes In Los Angeles

good article.

those mung bean sheets remind me of the creatures that attacked spock on star trek. i actually had that dish at thousands tasty. IIRC it was kinda like a japanese hiyashi chuka in taste and texture.

Jan 17, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Lunasia (Pasadena)

are you able to differentiate between dialects? i ask because i happened to go to ocean star today, and everyone around me was clearly speaking cantonese. but IIRC, the last time i went to lunasia, the hostess taking and calling out party numbers did so in mandarin, and no one had problems identifying when their number was called, which is to me unusual for a place serving cantonese cuisine. you might as well suggest to a sushi purist that they patronize a place with a chef of non-japanese heritage.

Jan 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area