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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

perhaps. but i've actually conversed with these folks instead of expounding on a generality.

about 7 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

the shorter version: don't drive west to eat there.

about 7 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

FWIW the folks who run banh mi my tho speak cantonese

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Chinese food on NPR

it'd make for an interesting road trip

1 day ago
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Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

heck yeah, there are so many more vietnamese down in OC i'd clearly expect there to be more diversity and at some level some better quality. but they can have banh mi che cali back as far as i'm concerned.

if the majority of the vietnamese in the SGV are hoa, then i'd expect them to prefer what's a natural part of their taste palate and i'd expect restaurants to cater to that. the issue is when 'authentic' & 'tastier' diverge.

vietnamese fusion? it's my take that there's a fine line between fusion and assimilation in the U.S. when it comes to food. i would be all for an approach that comes from the ethnic side towards western sensibilities in terms of taste & texture; you can adopt ingredients that still fit the overall cultural background vs. assimilation as i describe resulting in eliminating all the elements from that other cuisine that are disturbing to western palates. in my experience, most westerners fail to see the distinction. and without enough ex-pats to create demand, a place would have to cater to western palates to stay in business.

as for pan-vietnamese, i consider myself a neophyte when it comes to vietnamese cuisine, but my experience with chinese cuisine leads me to expect that a place good at their own regional cuisine would have indifferent results trying reproduce other regional dishes. especially when it comes to things like the subtleties between northern and southern pho.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

there might have been had the name not changed to main in alhambra. though alhambra does W main & E main based off of garfield IIRC. it's that way for valley, anyway.

Apr 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Wonder Seafood Replaces Green Island in Temple City With Dim Sum and More

one of those tax evasion related or something in that category type of name changes?

Apr 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese food in Little Saigon vs. SGV

as for any perceived chinese influence, i'd expect that to some degree since hoa who owned property and ran businesses (something like 75% of the economy) were the ones persecuted by the communists prompting them to flee in the 70's. but there are something like 50+ different ethnic groups recognized by the vietnamese government. the tay are the second largest group behind the viets, and they have an ethnic counterpart in china. i would expect that to make a difference in both vietnamese & chinese cuisine in the areas that they populate. the point is that each of these ethnic groups add their own colors to the tapestry of the cuisine and for them, what they contribute *is* authentic to their ethnos & region.

i can't speak to ingredient quality so i agree that it would be helpful to compare apples to apples; for example i wouldn't use a place like golden deli (good as it is) as a baseline for pho. nor any place that didn't specialize in central vietnamese stuff for bun bo hue, etc. and i wouldn't use banh mi che cali as a baseline for anything except cheap and filling.

Apr 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Monterey Park for Chinese

if you're talking cantonese style/seafood/in that genre there's seafood village on garvey just east of atlantic. truth be told, a lot of the cantonese style places have gone by the wayside...

the old standbys like NBC are still there, but that's about it. maybe empress harbor?

Apr 14, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

LA Trip Report (April 2015)

i confess it would never have occurred to me to try pairings of beer & banh mi.

Apr 13, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

i assume you were referring to nanjing kitchen, i'm not aware of any other place here that does nanjing style duck.

Apr 12, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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The SGV sucks

it depends. there are pros and cons to taking everything at face value.

Apr 11, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The SGV sucks

yeah, but we SGV-ers took it with a lot more grace than would have occurred if someone had bashed the west side.

even if it was true.

Apr 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Best Korean BBQ - cooked for you - not cook your own

the pork ribs at hamji park are awfully good. and you can also get the spicy pork neck soup there.

Apr 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Jasmine Market: Burmese/ Myanmar (and Indian) Food

yes. yoma is a place for everyone who appreciates the combination & contrast of taste & textures found in asian cuisine.

Apr 10, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

i finally did my part and went with a party of 5 for lunch. it was all great and the best part was that no two dishes were alike.

had to try the tea leaf salad, which was great, but since there's such a diverse menu, we passed on the mohinga.

enjoyed the fried chickpea tofu served with a dipping sauce.

the garlic noodles were good, as was the fishcake curry, but the winner was the spicy fried beef, sliced thin and with the consistency of a south african jerky but crispy on the outside.

the combination and contrasts of all the flavors and textures was remarkable.

and they gave us a complimentary agar with coconut cream dessert.

if you haven't been, get thee there with all due haste.

Spicy in the North SGV, Tomorrow

spicy beef noodle soup with hand cut noodles at 101 noodle express on baldwin. along with a beef roll.

Apr 09, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

The SGV sucks

you forgot to mention places like shi hai

Apr 09, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Friends from out of state moved to Venice CA. Looking for authentic Chinese food Locally?

speaking less as a food person and more as a logical data mining type:

if you use the chowhound search function, you can use the 'recency' filter to get the most recent comments first. this way you can minimize the chances that a specific restaurant has come and gone.

and when it comes to specific regional cuisines, the word authentic may not used anywhere in a discussion. so *if* your friends have a specific region in mind and are willing to travel east of the 405 (and beyond), i strongly suggest using that as a search term instead. and you may have to try various spellings of some of the following (this is not a comprehensive list) terms which i think have been used on this board (some are regional, some are city-specific):

chiu chow/teo chow/whatever

sichuan/szechuan/whatever

dongbei

hunan

zheijang (which also includes city specific cuisines from shanghai, shaoxing, ningbo, hangzhou, etc.)

shandong

shanxi not to be confused with

shaanxi

chengdu

uighur/uyghur/whatever (or xinjiang)

fujian

jiangsu

cantonese (and while dim sum is a sub category of cantonese, it's treated like a separate entity here) i don't think anyone here uses guangdong

wuhan (i think there's only 3 in the US, and they're all in the SGV)

anhui

beijing

tianjin

taiwanese

yunnan
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i'm sure that i've missed a few, but you get the idea.

also there really aren't any pan-chinese places where you find good renditions of more than one region's cuisine; places tend to be more mom & pop type places run by immigrants from that region of china. this is another reason why i suggest trying to be as explicit as possible with search arguments to get the most effective results.

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one other way to go search-wise is to use a specific item/dish as your search argument. but then you have another series of pitfalls to avoid. for example, there are lots of types of chinese dumplings, and "chinese dumplings" as a search argument may or may not pull up all the entries for something like xiao long bao (often abbreivated as XLB) or shen jian bao (SJB). (on top of that some purists will argue that those should be categorized as buns because of the literal translation of the word 'bao'. personally i disagree since every english translation i've seen in shanghai said soup *dumplings*; whatever).

ditto for terms such as hand cut vs knife cut when you hope to find handmade chinese noodles.

finally, some people insist on projecting what they think the name of a restaurant is over the actual name for various reasons, and consequently you may miss finding references for that reason. examples include a uighur restaurant that people commonly refer to as omar's even though the name is a surname and the owner is female and the phone book listing is "omar restaurant". then there's heavy noodling II which almost everyone refers to as JTYH which is the odd name of the plaza in which the restaurant resides. sometimes you just have to pick your fights if your main goal is to get info.

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

i hope you didn't neglect to get an order of the pork ribs at ham ji park. might be one of the two best in k-town.

as for the gamjatang, it's best when you're in the mood for it. having a hangover helps.

Apr 07, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Chef Geng's (Rosemead)

it's on my list of dongbei places to check out but i haven't been yet.

Apr 06, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

northern chinese in rosemead. mushroom lovers take note.

try the DIY pork wrap.

Apr 06, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

northern chinese in rosemead. mushroom lovers take note.

i had no idea this dongbei place had been around for that long when a few of us visited the place recently.

things on the menu we didn't try included the ubiquitous lamb skewers, the cumin chicken bones, but i did manage to get in an order of the spicy kidney, which were sliced and *almost* overcooked and served with a stealth coating of spices that had one's entire mouth tinging but not until the 5th bite or so.

they do a decent rendition of korean style cold noodles. not better than shen yang's, but for some reason the broth managed to relieve the symptoms caused by the spicy kidney.

the real reason to try the place is for their DIY smoked pork wrap, for about $6 you get a pancake (sans scallions) cut into 8ths like a pie, along with 8 pieces of smoked pork, hoisin sauce, and slivered scallions. any more ingredients would have detracted from the smokiness of the pork. best to eat quickly while the pancake is still warm and crispy.

i don't recall the exact type of dumpling we ordered, which i should find out because i wouldn't recommend them, the flavor was fine, but the texture of the filling was a litte off-putting. but not enough to deter me from returning and trying more of the menu.

Apr 05, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

JINYA Ramen Bar Now Open in Santa Monica

FWIW a friend of mine whose palate i respect went out of his way to mention jinya to me this morning during a phone conversation. he really liked the pork broth.

Apr 03, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find quality Paska ...

a ukraininan friend says that any russian supermarket or any russian church after service will have it to sell a week or two before easter. IIRC russian orthodox easter is actually on the 12th so you have a week or so.

Apr 03, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Liu Sha Bao? (Egg Custard Steamed Bun)

from china red

Apr 01, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Cervelat (Beef)

if you're in the west valley there's a small german cold cut place on topanga in woodland hills.

in the south bay, you might try the alpine village market.

for the WSGV, ESFV, you might try schreiner's in glendale.

for the ESGV/OC i got nuthin'

Mar 30, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Awsome Offal Taco Primer

FWIW, hotlinking apparently doesn't work. i clicked and it came up not found, so i went back to the home page, searched through their archives for offal, and it came up: http://www.lataco.com/taco/offal-taco...

Mar 30, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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I don't understand Jeni's

actually, honey hut was the place to go when i lived there.

Mar 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

yeah, but speaking as a native ohioan and UM grad, buckeyes take a much more inbred hatfield/mccpy approach to it.

as for frozen desserts, i'm relatively indifferent as long as it's cold and has no red beans in it.

Mar 29, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area