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Bamboo Inn on 7th - Do they have Hom Yu or Almond Duck (not pressed)? Anybody?

slowrider Jul 10, 2009 10:02 AM

The news of Dewey from the New Formosa cafe passing has gave me quite a hankering for Hom Yu and Pressed Duck.

Searched this place on the L.A. board and find that it's 50's/60's style Americanized Cantonese.....
But, do they have Hom Yu and Pressed duck ala Far East/New Formosa Cafe?


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  1. slowrider RE: slowrider Jul 10, 2009 03:54 PM

    Was able to reach Bamboo Inn by phone finally.....no Hom Yu or Almond Duck...
    So, I did a little more google'ing and stumbled upon Chinese Garden in Montebello.....

    Went for lunch today.

    The place is clean and has a mix of customers....Asian, Mexican, White......
    There are plenty of tables plus a counter that seats about 10 in the back which is where I sat.

    Front of house is ran my an older Mother and Daughter team.......Mother mostly at the cash register......Daughter all over, loudly barks orders to the kitchen...also another male and female waiter........Daughter is a joker.......tells me that she is gonna warn the other customers to stay away from me because I'm gonna stink after eating Hom Yu...she came by every couple minutes to chastise me........there was also what appeared and what I later found out to be an old friend of the daughter helping out w/the lunch crowd.......she was really nice........asked how I knew of or learned to eat Hom Yu.....I told her some grumpy old Japanese guy (my boss) who grew up in the Crenshaw area in the 50's/60's turned me on to it..........

    On to food........I ordered the Hom Yu....takes 20 minutes......they told me to call ahead next time and they'll have it ready........also ordered the Beef Rice..........both were not on the menu.........
    I sort of half way explained the Beef Rice I was referring to and hoped for the best......

    The Beef Rice arrived first............not exactly what I was dreaming of........but it had a decent flavor.......she told me to next time ask for extra gravy and whatever else I wanted in it......didn't feel like an egg on top, but they'll do that too......... the beef was very tender......the Bok Choi was just a decoration.........

    Then the Hom Yu arrives.......its in the 'patty' form and is a bit bigger that a standard burger patty......
    It has that distinct Hom Yu smell.........I take my first bite sans a rice 'chaser' to taste the true flavor.....


    This Hom Yu was really really good!! Definitely on par w/Dewey's version at the New Formosa Cafe. (RIP)
    I think you grizzled old guys from the Hom Yu front lines will agree...........

    They have Almond Duck on the menu but it's the 'pressed' kind...
    They also do the pan-fried noodle thing....
    Other things that sound worth a try were BBQ Pork Scrambled Eggs, Pineapple Spareribs and BBQ Pork Egg Foo Yung.

    There was a couple waiting at the counter next to me that came from West Covina just to get food for the two of them for the wknd. $75 bucks worth of takeout. Place seems to have a loyal customer base.

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    Same Owners Since 1962

    856 N. Garfield Av.
    Montebello, Ca. 90640

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      Burger Boy RE: slowrider Jul 10, 2009 05:00 PM

      Where did you see or hear that Dewey passed? That is sad.

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        slowrider RE: Burger Boy Jul 13, 2009 08:41 AM

        His obit. was in the L.A. Times early last week.

        Dewey Jung
        JUNG, Dewey (68) Born November 12, 1940 in Guongdong, Hoy Peng, Slay Giel, Chu Young Lay Toon, China to Shang Ging and Mei Ngok Jeong. He passed away June 30, 2009. Dewey immigrated to Los Angeles, CA in 1949. He received his culinary training at the Far East Restaurant in Little Tokyo before successfully opening and operating his own establishment, The New Formosa Cafe in East Los Angeles for 47 years. He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 43 years, his three children Bruce (Patricia Moore), Kristina (Matthew McCauley), Kenneth, four grandchildren (Blake, Jenna, Luke, Jack), two sisters, a brother, uncles, aunts, cousins, numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for unending devotion to family, his relentless battle with cancer and his exceptional culinary skill. You will live with us forever in our hearts. Viewing - Friday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., Rose Hills Mortuary, Whittier. Funeral - Saturday, July 11, 1 p.m. at SkyRose Chapel, Rose Hills.

        A couple pics from one of my Visits.

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          Burger Boy RE: slowrider Jul 13, 2009 11:05 AM

          How very sad, I never got to take my friends family, who had eatten at The Far East for their entire life and had a very sad meal there 2 years ago. I wanted to take them and get them the tastes they remembered. RIP to a great chef and family man.

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            slowrider RE: Burger Boy Jul 13, 2009 12:50 PM

            You could try the Chinese Garden I mention in my post above......very reminiscent of Far East.......or New Formosa......it was opened a year after Dewey opened.....
            Yeah, that is really sad.......Dewey and Betty seemed so happy whenever I ate there........end of an era.....

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