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Apr 26, 2007 03:23 PM

Need commute-friendly Chinese breakfast Fri. AM

I have to drive up to work tomorrow and I am jonesing for (Chinese) jook and some kind of dimmy summy item (shu mai, lo bak go, bao, etc.) to go with it.

Here are the needs:

1. it needs to be pretty near to my route (5 north from Anaheim to 91 west to 605 north to 5 north to 710 north to 10 west to 5 north to Burbank, meaning nothing east of, say, Garfield Avenue. I drive a hybrid with stickers, so Del Mar Blvd. is OK since I can take the bus lane)

2. it needs to be open at or before 7 AM since I have a 7.30 meeting in Burbank.

3. it needs to do take-out.

Surely there must be someplace?

Thanks, Hounds!

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  1. Kang Kang Food Court, Alhambra (corner of Valley Blvd. & Garfield...get off the 10 at Garfield head north...same shopping center as Starbucks-you can refill your coffee cup).

    Opens 7am...Everything is packed in styrofoam and they got jook, Chinese donuts, lo bak go, bao and other Chinese breakfast items. Definitely a pit stop place--in and out with your order in less than 5 minutes--its all in sight, pick and choose.

    Kang Kang Food Court
    27 E. Valley Blvd Alhambra
    (626) 308-3898

    1. Got to the SGV at 6.40 AM and didn't want to wait for Kang Kang to open, so I explored and ended up getting take-out jook and dim sum from NHL Express, on Garvey about half a block east of Garfield. Items like shu mai and har gau are in a steam cabinet out of sight, jook comes from the kitchen, but most items are in sight.

      Very tasty, cheap (sold by the piece), nice service which is a happy change.

      5 Replies
      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Funny name...NHL Express. Like ABC, CBS, NBC...I'm waiting for a Chinese restaurant called ESPN.
        Interesting they're open that early--I'll have to check it out sometime...I won't forget that name.

        1. re: monku

          It might be NHP or NHK or something, I might have had the Duckies on my brain.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            I think that's MHL Tasty at 120 E. Garfield. More remisicent of places in S.F. or N.Y. Chinatown that have a little bit of everything early in the morning.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Yes, the full name is MHL Tasty Bakery, Deli, & BBQ.

              However, the correct address is:

              120 E. Garvey Ave. #C
              Monterey Park, CA 91755
              Tel (626)288-3396

              1. re: Mr. Roboto

                MHL, NHL, close enough... it was early and I hadn't had any caffeine!

                Thanks for the update.

      2. It's well past Friday, but thought I'd suggest Ding Pang Zi anyway... at Garfield and Garvey, in the same plaza as ABC Cafe and Xiao Mei (northeast corner). They open at 6AM every day except Tuesday, and everything on the menu is available from breakfast items to noodles... I'm sure everything can be taken to-go. You'll find all kinds of baozi here and other breakfast items but probably not dim sum...
        But Xiao Mei opens at 7AM and does have some dimsummy items so once you're done picking up your breakfast from Ding Pang Zi, stop by Xiao Mei for the rest... and maybe a cup of soymilk.