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Nice Time Deli

140 W. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776-3760

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  • Ask Mr. Gold
    13 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Q:Do you know any Chinese restaurants in L.A. that serve bitter melon (ku gua)? It's the weirdest-looking of all vegetables and, as the name suggests, profoundly bitter - a vegetable that seems to make its own vinegar. It's an acqui...

  • From Formosa With Love
    15 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Chicken Garden Chicken Garden is a nearly elegant, bare-bones sort of place with soft lights and framed calligraphy. Everybody seems to be nibbling off-the-menu Taiwanese hors d’oeuvres, things like smoked beef strips, or smal...

  • Duck, Duck, Goose...
    16 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Photo by Anne Fishbein 888 This terrifically elegant restaurant specializes in Chiu Chow seafood, the cooking of the ethnic Chinese who migrated from China to Southeast Asia dozens of generations ago: crunchy "crab balls," i.e. tofu...

  • You Need No Teef . . .
    16 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Cupid's It is a beautiful thing to see a Cupid's dog assembled, to observe the counterman aligning buns four, five, six at a time in a special ridged tray, to witness the quick flick of his wrists as he lays in the hot dogs, smears ...

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