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Aug 18, 2010 06:43 PM

SGV Update - Look You Fan Dim gone, replaced by P.P. Pop

Fish fry specialist (you hook 'em, we cook 'em) Look You Fan Dim, located next to Hong Kong Supermarket on Garfield near Garvey has closed and been replaced by - P.P. Pop. The new place opened yesterday. Looking at the menu, a Taiwanese cafe style. Price wise, looks like they're trying to undercut Old Country Cafe - $2.15 milk teas, .70 tea eggs. Not as big or wide a menu. Hopefully, Sinosoul will check it out and weigh in here. I'm trying to figure out exactly where they're hoping to fit in.

Waitress apparently noticed me looking at menu, came outside told me their specials and then said "You can come in now." So, umm, eager?

Old Country Cafe
2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Look You Restaurant
123 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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  1. The shredded fried taro was something different and quite good.

    1. Just what the doctor ordered--another Taiwanese-style cafe. :-)

      7 Replies
      1. re: raytamsgv

        Chandavkl, I actually admit to enjoying the fried taro chips at Alhambra Garden, so that sounds good to me. ray, I thought too.

        Thanks for the update Chandavkl and please, by all means, report back on other menu items. It would be nice to compare items in common with Old Country.

        Old Country Cafe
        2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

        1. re: JThur01

          As it turned out, for a short time after it opened, P.P. Pop had some, erm, interesting items on their menu: grilled ginkgo, grilled sparrow. They dropped those a while back. Still a good place for late night eats in MPK, really one of the few options outside the ubiquitous nearby HK cafes.

          Sorry for being tardy in my reporting, but I come up with so much and by the time I make the long drive back, brain my is tired.

          1. re: JThur01

            Tony rated their XLB fairly high up (top 5?) in the list he did last year. Your (or other's) opinion?

            1. re: TheOffalo

              somewhat tangential: almost went there today but decided on shanghai dumpling house. SDH is IMO a solid top five choice for XLB.

              1. re: barryc

                SDH is definitely one of my favorite XLB.

                1. re: TheOffalo

                  i posted pics in the thread named SDH, BTW.

              2. re: TheOffalo

                Hard to decide where I'd rank them among the panoply of XLB, but, if Tony ranks them that high, that's good enough for me. Dragon Mark was always solid. That's with the caveat that there is still the connection. More than anything, you've reminded me that I need to re-visit. Barring any change, it's still the best (only?) late night option for XLB, 'specially in MPK.

        2. The name of the former place practically invites parody...

          Look You Fan Dim, indeed.

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          1. re: Tripeler

            I think there's an inside joke in that name. 20 years ago there was a restaurant at that exact location called Luk Yue, and indeed it was there for probably 15 years. It was part of a chain which for some reason wasn't entirely consistent in the spelling of the name. Most of them were Luk Yue, but there was also Luck Yue and Luck You, and maybe some others.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              luk yue - jook late friday nights.... i miss the place.