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SGV chinese rampage - new restaurants in focus plaza

modernist Nov 27, 2006 06:29 PM

i've been on an unintentional chinese food rampage since thanksgiving.
shanghainese on turkey day,
chinese ismlamic on friday
red corner (sichuan, shanghai, northern dishes) on saturday
and finally hunan's restaurant last night.
but i noticed three new restaurants in the great mall of china...

one called "dan dans guilin rice noodle" on the second floor.
there seem to be other locations in the sgv but i've never been. they have different permutations of rice noodles.
"super spicy beef/tofu/tripe"
"preserved duck wings, tendon, pigs feet etc"
fried chicken wings legs
guilin style preserved duck legs and many more. ill check out as soon as possible.
unit 203

also second floor is a new hunanese restaurant in the old green village space called "qun" or "spring". if its better than hunan's restaurant ill be mighty impressed. large selection of dishes.
unit 206-7

and finally theres another cantonese food joint called "fantasy restaurant" on the second floor as well. god knows i love horrible tacky restaurant interiors. the old stone age 2000 was great, the corinthian columns and garish colors of cantonese seafood palaces, but this one may take the cake. you just gotta check it out its so awesomely rad...
unit 212

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  1. ipsedixit Nov 27, 2006 08:01 PM

    I think Fantasy Restaurant has been mentioned here previously -- believe it is an outpost of a Toronto based Chinese joint.

    1. w
      WBGuy Nov 27, 2006 08:29 PM

      The "fish head casserole" at the Hunan restaurant was good. As good or even better than the one I had at Crown Cafe before it closed. The layout and seating of the place needs to be reworked, IMO. Too many large 6-8 person tables, not enough 2-4 tables. They'll often ask you if you mind sharing a table with another group--which I don't mind, but most Americans do.

      1. c
        Chelmoon Nov 27, 2006 09:01 PM

        Fantasy Eatery was featured in Chownews a couple of a weeks ago.


        1. j
          Jerome Nov 27, 2006 10:26 PM

          Have you tried cafe eight near garfield and Garvey? They just do guilin rice noodles. Curious as to how it might compare to the new place in the Great Mall.

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          1. re: Jerome
            modernist Nov 27, 2006 10:42 PM

            i havent tried them yet, but i hope too soon as ive been on a roll...

            jerome, do you have a good list of eats in china or resources? i think im going to shanghai and beijing soon.

          2. j
            Jerome Nov 27, 2006 11:24 PM

            I used to. unfortunately, it's been years since i've been to china (there was no pudong back then) so any place i know, if it's still around, will be either classic or most probably way downhill.
            the international boards here are pretty good. ask about night market stalls and locations. beijing has had a big revival of these i've been told. the only place in beijing i'd really have to go to again would be shaguoju, just because it's so old - nearly 300 years. i hope it's still there.


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            1. re: Jerome
              modernist Nov 28, 2006 12:06 AM

              yeah, the old historic places are what im looking for, particularly in beijing. i have pretty good food contacts in shanghai, and i lived in beijing, but this was back in 95, and i wasnt so diligent back then and food wasnt as good either!

              1. re: modernist
                Jerome Nov 28, 2006 07:54 PM

                for old standards not trendy etc. check out the sichuan restaurant in yuan shikai's old digs, fengzeyuan and cuihualou for shandong food, andthe original donglaishun no relation to thesan gabriel one for muslim food. also kaorouji in shizhahai and kaorouwan for mongol hotpot etc.
                and be sure to post on the international board.

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