You're probably familiar with dumplings and potstickers: Dumplings are likely the first Chinese food item that comes to mind for non-Chinese, while potstickers turn up in the frozen-food sections of markets and menus of Chinese restaurants even on the Westside. But have you heard of a Chinese calzon ... More >>
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 >>
For those who have been complaining about the lack of Chinese food west of the San Gabriel Valley, a new contender is coming to town. A Northern Chinese Gastropub, fronted by one chef from Northern China and another from Hong Kong, will be opening on 8th and Spring by the end of the year.
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For the Chinese, breakfast is the most important part of the day. A steamed pork bun and a soy milk for take-out is pretty standard, but if you want to make it a sit-down affair, try salty soy milk with crispy chunks of twisted cruller (also known as you tiao 油条), a large turnip cake with the si ... More >>
There are few things in life better than a bowl of authentic and properly-constructed handmade noodles. Even in the San Gabriel Valley, it's hard to come across a noodle place with the real thing, made by a seasoned chef trained in China. We've encountered some: Kam Hong Garden from Shanxi, Sweethom ... More >>
Trying to find a particular Chinese regional or local specialty can be quite an adventure, even among the hundreds of restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley. The search
for these items, be it Datong-style braised rabbit heads or Tianjin-style earhole cakes, can produce tales worthy of an explorer.
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Jim ThurmanLamb soup with knife cut noodles, Shaanxi Gourmet, Rosemead2011 in the San Gabriel Valley restaurant scene witnessed the usual spate of openings and closings, some notable and some not so notable. With some 300 Chinese restaurants alone, trying to compile a list of the year's open ... More >>
Jim Thurman#34 Tianjin Style Special Cake at Dean Sin WorldDean Sin World is simply a wonderful little hole-in-the-wall place for xiao long bao, dumplings and other Shanghainese style snacks. You should know that by now. But, even if you're a regular visitor you're likely to have overlooked ... More >>