Hey Jerome - China Islamic rocks!!!
i finally made it to China Islamic (corner of garvey & del mar?) for lunch today. it was awesome! my wife and i just stopped in for a quick bite - we tried the lamb sa-cha and fish in spicy sauce. outstanding!
and i didn't forget to order the sesame bread with green onions - another hit. we got the medium, and had enough to take home with the leftovers.
i still have not had the chance to try Tung Lai Shun, although i have walked by the place. the interior of China Islamic leaves a bit to be desired, but it's all about the food, right?
Next time you're there, try the beef tendon dish. Very tasty, and not too chewy. Also, the giant lamb stews are pretty great; and there's both a thin and a thick bread -- I'm not sure which one you had. They're both terrific, and very authentic: my wife's hometown is in Ningxia province, and the breads at China Islamic are like breads I've bought outside her house (except that I paid three cents).
Wow. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. A Taiwanese (her term, Chinese - my term) friend of mine is going with me this weekend to try out a Yunnan style place. She's driving as she doesn't remember the exact address. The name is Guo Qiao something, from the famous dish, Guo Qiao mian, crossing the bridge noodles. My Chinese language guidebook to China lists six Chinese cuisines as famous (different than our list) meaning the top ones, Szechwan, Fujian, Canton, Shandong, Huaiyang (Jiangsu+Zhejiang+Shanghai) and Yunnan - ham, mushrooms, steam pot chicken, and other dishes. So I'm looking forward to it.
And seeing my name in a post heading - that is so great. Thanks.