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Question: With September here, I could swear the touch of cool in the evenings has gotten a bit deeper, and some of us have contemplated pulling the wool sweaters out from that spot in the back of the closet where we stuffed them in May. I know that hot Santa Ana weather is coming and all of that, but I am beginning to feel a longing for braised meat that is not going away, and my boyfriend made fun of me because I ordered the short ribs at Jar twice last week. Where else should I go?

—Jess, Los Angeles

Answer: Tung Lai Shun, the grand Chinese-Muslim restaurant in San Gabriel Square, is starting to look a little faded around the edges. Tattered menus of lunch specials are posted rather aggressively around the perimeter, the famous flatbread can be a bit flabby if you order it during off-hours, and a few of the preparations seem crude compared to the unassailable suavity of the kitchen in its earliest days. But the Beijing-style lamb is truly magnificent, braised until it approaches the softness of a sigh, saturated with the flavors of soy, garlic and star anise, an expression of pure, lamby soul. 140 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 288-6588. Got a burning culinary question? Try us:


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