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Hawker Fare [Oakland]

Man, what a huge disappointment. Went to Hawker Fare several months ago, we had most of the dishes on the menu, and everything was just terrific. Just went again tonight and everything was mediocre -- overly sweet sauces, gummy rice, overcooked greenbeans, tasteless chicken (Kao mun gai) and rice congee, mealy, overcooked mussels. I wouldn't be so harsh but it was so good the first time! What happened???

Nov 10, 2012
robert_nysf in San Francisco Bay Area

If you're look for the best Sichuan Spicy Noodle (or Dan Dan Mien) ...

Just went last night and the dan dan mien, and everything else, was fabulous. Also had the mapo dofu, eggplant with long beans, and the spicy fried chicken (don't remember the exact name but it's the dish with mounds of chile and Sichuan peppers. Spicy (but not in an all-dominating way), distinctive, vibrant -- nothing like it in San Francisco, where I live. Huge portions, friendly staff, very reasonable prices. Worlds better than Chung King, which was very disappointing when I went last year. Only issue -- a C health dept rating, which gave pause, but looking around, I can't say I noticed anything scary. Will definitely be going back!

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Chung King Restaurant
1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Mar 06, 2011
robert_nysf in Los Angeles Area

If you're look for the best Sichuan Spicy Noodle (or Dan Dan Mien) ...

Has anybody been here recently? I don't see any reviews in 2011 (am writing in March) Is Dan Dan Mien still great? Other stand out dishes?

Thanks very much -- have a serious Szechuan craving and don't want it to be a dud!

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New Chong Qing
120 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

Mar 05, 2011
robert_nysf in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin House for Koreatown jia jang mian?

Thanks, I'll hang on to these for my next craving!

Feb 05, 2011
robert_nysf in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin House for Koreatown jia jang mian?

Thanks for steering me clear. We ended up having a perfectly nice meal at Young King, at 3100 W. Olympic -- solid jia jang mian (not spectacular, but really not meant to be, right?), very good pork tangsuyuk, fresh, stir-fried snow peas and water chestnuts, and a basic but tasty, sweetish kimchi for panchan. Good vibe, super nice people running the place, and filled with lots of Korean families passing the soju. Oh, and the bill was $25 for two. This is why I love visiting LA!

Feb 05, 2011
robert_nysf in Los Angeles Area

Mandarin House for Koreatown jia jang mian?

Please help: I'm in LA this weekend and have a serious craving for jia jang mian! I used to live in Seoul and have fond memories of this dish. I know Jonathan Gold says Mandarin House is the place to go but his recs are often out of date, sometimes a bit overenthusiastic. And looking at the Chowhound exchanges like this one -- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6907... there seems to be some dissension. Homemade noodles would be great, and a thick rich sauce is a must.

Feb 05, 2011
robert_nysf in Los Angeles Area

Help! Dinner for 5 tomorrow (Sat.) night?

I have last-minute plans to go for dinner in SF with out of town visitors and want to take them somewhere moderately priced and distinctively Bay Area . Zuni, Slanted Door, and Delfina are booked (of course) but I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for something good that'll take walk-ins or last-minute reservations. True, there's always something like Pagolac or Shalimar but for this I'd like something a bit nicer in atmosphere/presentation. Thanks for any thoughts on this!

Mar 09, 2007
robert_nysf in San Francisco Bay Area