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Horrors! QQ Kitchen Is Now 100% Vegetarian

Chandavkl Aug 2, 2010 02:10 PM

Soy chicken instead of pork chops! Brown rice instead of white rice! What's the world coming to? (Apologies and congratulations to my vegetarian friends.) QQ Taiwanese Vegetarian is at 9441½ Las Tunas Dr. in Temple City. Not vegan, but dishes with egg are clearly marked on the menu (though somehow the turnip omelet does not have an egg marking).

Also, in the coming attractions department, a placed called 1st Choice Noodle House will be opening up on Valley Bl. in Alhambra near Atlantic. That may be the Won Tin location, but I drove by so quickly I couldn't see for sure.

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    JThur01 Aug 2, 2010 10:16 PM

    Well, QQ did have a wider selection of "mock meat" dishes, but this is still quite a surprise to me. Thanks for the update. My bro enjoyed their pork chop rice.

    Shocked...and stunned.

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      noahbites Aug 3, 2010 07:07 AM

      I hate to ask, but...has anyone found out if the new menu is any good?

      1. ipsedixit Aug 3, 2010 09:23 AM

        The change occurred about a month ago, wouldn't have known about it if I had not stopped off at the Post Office.

        This really isn't a a surprise, nor totally unexpected (the surprise it that QQ is still in business in ANY form).

        Ever since the original owners of QQ sold the place and opened up in the adjacent strip mall Won Won Kitchen, everything about QQ smelled and tasted like "imposter" and "second rate".

        Everything you wanted and liked about QQ is still there -- just in the adjacent strip mall at Won Won Kitchen.

        Won Won Ktichen
        9461 East Las Tunas Drive
        Temple City
        (626) 287-5500

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        Won Won Kitchen
        9461 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

        Las Tunas Restaurant
        3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

        1. Mr Taster Aug 3, 2010 09:28 AM

          My Lovely Tasting Assistant™ and I were at QQ a couple of weeks ago and also were a bit startled to see the "vegetarian" menu, while at the same time there were still very clearly many, many meat dishes (like gua bao 刮包) on the menu. It all seemed a bit ridiculous to us, and we didn't feel like asking questions, so we skipped the entrees and dove right in to the Taiwanese shaved ice... their boba pearls are really quite good.

          Mr Taster

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          1. re: Mr Taster
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            JThur01 Aug 3, 2010 12:06 PM

            Ipsedixit pretty much covered it, but my thought is QQ is trying to carve out their own niche since (from what I've been told) they seem to be losing the head to head battle with Won Won.

            And Mr. Taster, you bring up a question - how is the Taiwanese shaved ice at QQ and Won Won?

            1. re: JThur01
              Mr Taster Aug 3, 2010 12:46 PM

              We've never ordered the shaved ice at Won Won... in fact, our order there tends to be exclusively squid soup. I love love love the free tea jelly that they serve for free after the meal.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                ipsedixit Aug 3, 2010 02:40 PM

                Shaved ice is good, nothing remarkable, which isn't to say that I wouldn't order some after a meal of chicken leg rice and oyster omelet. Biggest selling point o the shaved ice, like everything else there, is the price -- it's dirt cheap!

                Oh, and fyi, shaved ice is only during the summer months (i.e. now!)

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  raytamsgv Aug 3, 2010 04:03 PM

                  The horror! The horror! There's nothing like eating ice cream or shaved ice in the middle of a Southern California winter.

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