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Golden Leaf Replaces Ono Japanese in San Gabriel

no great loss. ono was basically a takeoff on sansai japanese grill.

about 21 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

assuming you are taking the 405 north out of LAX 6-7 places on that list are just off the 405 north of the 10 freeway if you look at the map that is part of the article you will see what i mean.

i suppose people could be thinking of taking PCH (pacific coast highway), from LAX to ventura, but i understand that parts of PCH west of santa monica are currently blocked by recent landslides on that route,

about 21 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

maybe they aren't expected to be open on christmas day?

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

FWIW in my response on oct 10th, in addition to my describing it more like a flat tortilla, given that i also included a pic it seems to me that you should have had a pretty good idea of exactly what to expect vis a vis the earthen rendition of the scallion pancake.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

i had the noodle king version back in march. i had to look it up since i found them similarly unmemorable. the texture of the rice filling was otherwise bland and somehow... dry for want of a better way of putting it.

given that i found both renditions to be similar in taste in texture, perhaps that it is the intention and actually authentic. it just doesn't do anything for me personally. i attribute it in great degree to growing up in NE ohio with access to central european cuisine, potato pierogi in partcular. potato pierogi with sour cream & grilled onions are still one of my favorite comfort meals. my personal preference for a carbo-dominant dumpling filling is to be similar in terms of mouth-feel/texture. maybe if i'd grown up eating these style siu mai i'd feel differently.

Dec 16, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Very Different Freid rice.....?

i suspect what you thought was bacon/ham was actually pork belly and what you ordered was item #64

Dec 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Very Different Freid rice.....?

i've had 'fusion' claypot rice with bacon & mushrooms that was actually pretty good and i make a version of that at home sometimes. if the ham was smoked that would probably add a nice nuance to it.

when i first saw the title i was going to suggest freud rice was all about your mother makes it.

Dec 15, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

also FWIW no one else in my party experienced what they consider MSG related symptoms, so it may have been more something i ate later that did something with my blood sugar - apparently diabetes runs in the family.

Dec 14, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Help me plan an impressive and romantic dinner menu featuring California Spiny Lobster?

i'd go french laundry technique - flash cook it to separate the meat from the shell, but still raw.

- roast;
- poach in butter;
- chop for a filling;

which gives you options for multiple dishes featuring the lobster.

and you can still use the shells for a stock (paella maybe?);

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/f...

Dec 13, 2014
barryc in Home Cooking

Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

this is tangential, but a friend from malaysia just FB'd me that chop chop grill in walnut serves the best malaysian/singaporean style stuff she'd found in LA.

Dec 13, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

googling the phrase brings up pics that look a lot like what we had with the veggies on the bottom.

and FWIW, i experienced a serious case of drymouth that i typically get when i've consumed a significant amount of MSG.

and i think the edit functions works only once. once you've edited something, it's done.

no. i've edited this twice, but can not edit the post with pics. i'm confused.

Dec 12, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

i did. the edit function doesn't work for me again. hmmm.

Dec 12, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

between the pics and the waitress' fragmented english and my fragmented mandarin, ordering wasn't a problem.

four of us split:
- braised pork with pickled vegetables & buns;
- beef hot pot (medium was still very spicy);
- sesame noodle;
- pork & rice siu mai;
- ong choy;
- rice & pork siu mai;

$57 before tax & tip.

the pickled vegetable kept the pork from being too fatty. everyone liked it. actually, they liked everything and want to try other things on the menu (this is unusual for this crowd). i'd personally pass on getting the siu mai again, but i had to try them at least once.

the shrimp 'donut' is really more like a cruller, but a lot crispier.

Dec 12, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

we're gonna go try the shrimp donuts during the respite from the rain. i can make out the characters for chicken, beef & pork. not bullfrog, though.

Dec 12, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

find the bevmo nearest you. if they have it you can pick it up. they seem to have it at the pasadena location.

Dec 11, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

i'd been to mama's kitchen before they closed. someone in our group was apparently from near where 'mama' is from, and she kept bringing out little specialties from the kitchen for us. IIRC, they did assemble their dunplings there, and they still have some frozen available to sell. i would assume quality has been retained. but then submitted for your approval, a MLK beef roll circa march 2014. note how the pancake itself appears to be a darker shade of brown, suggesting that it had received a little more time in the pan. also note the inclusion what looks like cucumber which was missing from the beef roll i had earlier this week (was it really only yesterday?).

if mama is doing the prep & cooking, you might be better off trying at dinner time since she's apparently dedicated to serving the lunch specials. but this is all conjecture.

Dec 11, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

had some business in arcadia so i stopped in to get a beef roll.

today's lunch clientele was dominated by people going for the 2 item $4.25 lunch special. mama did take some time to serve a couple of gwei lo patrons who had some problems with their noodle dish, much to the consternation of people waiting for the buffet lunch, and eventually me, when it dawned on me that she was the one who assembled the beef roll, and not the help in back; i waited about 20 minutes for my beef roll after she handled the people eating in and the folks getting takeout.

to the beef roll: actually one of the smallest i've seen. the inclusion of egg is unique, but apparently they smear it on one side of the scallion pancake as they fry it. this resulted in a pancake that was IMO insufficiently crisp. i would rather drive over to 101 noodle express and shell out an extra $.50 for their rendition. but if i were near the 101 noodle express alhambra location, i'd go across the street to flavor garden especially when their's is $1 cheaper at $7.

after the snafu with the sign, i checked out the new menu placing the over/under on incorrectly spelled words at about 10. to my amazement, the menu passed muster - until the last category: Tzung Tzu, described as 'stricky rice wrap in lotus leaf.' so close and yet so far.

i noticed that they offered a salted duck. i inquired as to whether it was similar to nanjing style, to which she replied "i don't know." has anyone had their duck and the duck at nanjing kitchen and comment on the similiarities/differences?

Dec 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

there's more than one place doing wuhan cuisine now? oooooh.

Dec 10, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Hom Yu and Pressed Duck

i can't remember the last time i had pressed duck. but then i'm not so crazy about salted fish.

wherever this place is, it probably also serves steamed minced pork with chinese sausage. that's i want i miss the most. i can't seem to get the egg white cornstarch pork ratio right when i try to make it at home.

Dec 09, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Legendary, universally praised Lunasia opening Dim Sum House in Pasadena

"Pasadena will gain the strongest reason to not support the completion of Interstate 710 when Dimsum House opens"

this was harder to swallow than anything this place may serve someday.

i would have preferred something along the lines of: 'if it's anything like lunasia, those who seek genuine dim sum should waste no time patronizing the place."

Dec 08, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: China's Great Noodle Dishes, where can I find three (or four)?

(sniff) you didn't mention where to get the 7...

Dec 05, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese "Food to Go" Places in SGV

and probably negotiate a better price. some places that specialize in banh mi also make them as well.

Dec 05, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ichiban Buffet in El Monte is a paradise for senior citizens

works for me.

Dec 05, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

you'll eat BMCC's banh mi yet you're partcular about the bread?

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ichiban Buffet in El Monte is a paradise for senior citizens

$2 off lunch - it's $8.99 according to their website.

http://www.ichibanbuffetandgrill.com/...

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

i actually went to BC this afternoon and tried the BBQ pork & the special combo. the bread is softer, which some may like, but to me a good authentic banh mi has to have a good crusty baguette, and i found the BC version to be beggared in that regard. the BBQ pork is better (and more substantial) at BMMT. the flavor and texture of the special combo filling was nicely balanced for their bread, but the filling would not have stood up to a crustier baguette IMO.

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

i like saigon but have not been to BC. since BMMT's prices have crept up over the last 6 months (first they started charging tax, then they also raised the prices on top of that), i might consider driving a little farther if i find a banh mi that i consider superior elsewhere.

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

they were closed all last week but i was there the week before & i didn't notice any sort of drastic change. but i never get sandwiches this early either.

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

this is part of why the occasional revisit of a topic isn't such a bad thing.

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

really? i crossed the place off my list after one visit after the change. maybe it's worth going back and giving them another chance.

Dec 04, 2014
barryc in Los Angeles Area