Nestled comfortably next to Beijing, Tianjin is a northern Chinese province famous for their expertly crafted baos, the doughy equivalent of soup dumplings. At the core is a ball of pork, simmered in its own juices and enveloped by a pillow of soft, downy bread. The bread isn't overpowering at all; ... More >>
As the calendar prepares to turn the page on yet another year, it's tradition time here at Squid Ink. A time for us to look back on the year and note restaurant openings and closings. When attempting to do this with the San Gabriel Valley, where an estimated 600 Chinese restaurants make up a vibran ... More >>
If you were to head eastward along the Pomona Freeway, about two dozen miles or so from downtown, eventually you would find yourself in the vast hinterlands of Rowland Heights, a strange land where the parking lots seem to stretch for miles and the shoebox-sized stores, specializing in any type of i ... More >>
To call the tea bar scene in the San Gabriel Valley vibrant is a vast understatement. Dozens of perpetually crowded small cafés across the 626 serve teas and boba drinks while providing socializing and studying spots for those not old enough to drink alcohol or those not so inclined. It's precisely ... More >>
The green onion pancake is one of the most common items on Chinese menus around the San Gabriel Valley. Yet whenever the popular appetizer comes up, one restaurant is invariably mentioned first and foremost: Earthen. For one place to be singled out as having the best of something so common speaks ... More >>
Jim ThurmanLine at grand opening of 85°C Bakery-Café, Hacienda Heights
The number of international chains with outlets in Los Angeles County grew by one when 85°C Bakery-Café opened in Hacienda Heights on Saturday. The Taiwanese chain, with nearly 500 stores in Taiwan, China and Australia ... More >>
Not so cute in real lifeWe know restaurant owners are only human, but it's never a good feeling when you find out that your local market or favorite sushi spot has been shut down by the Los Angeles Public Health Department for unsanitary conditions and "gross contamination of utensils." We've ... More >>
YouTube / LAPDAsian-on-Asian hate crime is alleged in the SGV.Asian-on-Asian hate crime? In L.A., yes. And over a man's heritage as he tried to get takeout food of a different culture, no less.
The victim was beaten, had his car pummeled, and was robbed because, authorities say, he is Chines ... More >>
D. Gonzalez Samusas at Jasmine Market
When it comes to dining in Los Angeles, there are can be paths of predictability. Depending on the craving, there are areas where nearly every other restaurant is a safe bet and others where we should have known better. But then there is fried chicken, ... More >>
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold:
As a mother of two kids young enough to still like noodles but old enough to make fun of Justin Bieber, I find myself in search of a kid-friendly taco truck. Good old-school tacos: no fusion, no Kogi lines. Anywhere from Venice to Pasaden ... More >>
Photo credit: Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold:
I'm in the City of Industry. And I'm starving.
--Evan K., Los Angeles
There are worse places to be hungry than Industry. But while there are a lot of decent restaurants in the area, it's generally too f ... More >>
Ciudad, the Pan-Latin downtown outpost of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, may be all things to all people, but especially to all people whose pleasures include bending an elbow every now and then.