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Tianjin Specialties At Chans Paris N in Arcadia

Chandavkl Oct 15, 2010 02:15 PM

With all of the strange English language names for Chinese restaurants, Chans Paris N in Arcadia may well win the prize. I mean what does Paris have to do with Tianjin style food and why the freestanding "N" at the end? Anyway the feature item here seems to be Tianjin Rice Combo dishes made with Tianjin Imperial Tribute Rice, whatever that is. Also on the menu are Tianjin bake-wraps (sesame, crispy, sweet and red bean), five types of Tianjin steamed dumplings, and other treats such as spicy numbing peanuts, snake shaped pickles and spiced chicken claws. Chans Paris N is at 713 W. Duarte Road, in the same shopping center as the departed Sakana, which appears to be on the verge of opening as another Japanese restaurant.

  1. Mr Taster Oct 15, 2010 02:23 PM

    Thanks for this, Chandavkl. We'll have to check it out.

    Mr Taster

    1. j
      JThur01 Oct 16, 2010 09:34 AM

      Thanks for the report Chandavkl. How does it compare to Tianjin Bistro or Beijing Restaurant?

      Could you describe the "bake-wraps" more? Is the red bean like the "earhole/earwax cakes" at Dean Sin World?

      Dean Sin World
      306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

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      1. re: JThur01
        Chandavkl Oct 16, 2010 11:10 AM

        Menu here is quite different. Tianjin Bistro and Beijing Restaurant are weighted towards interesting pasta and pastry dishes, while here it's the rice combos and dumplings. None of those others seem to appear on the Chans Paris M menu. Only had the fish dumplings (which, frankly, weren't very good), so I don't know about the bake-wraps. They are alternatively described on the wall as "Tianjin pancakes" and at roughly $1.50 a pop are probably small snackies.

        1. re: Chandavkl
          JThur01 Oct 16, 2010 06:56 PM

          Thanks Chandavkl. I'll have to check out the bake-wraps, I think I now have an idea on those. Sounds like the "earhole/earwax cakes" are still unique to DSW.

          1. re: JThur01
            Jerome Nov 9, 2010 12:38 PM

            the earhole cakes? you mean like the tianjin spongecakes? who has them here...
            must try.


            1. re: Jerome
              ipsedixit Nov 9, 2010 01:52 PM

              Dean Sin World has them.

              Dean Sin World
              306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

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        dreamcast18 Oct 16, 2010 12:52 PM

        gonna go try it out this afternoon!

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        1. re: dreamcast18
          dreamcast18 Oct 16, 2010 05:26 PM

          did not try the buns. food was 'ok'....given the choices in the area, I rather go to inaka

          1. re: dreamcast18
            ipsedixit Oct 16, 2010 07:09 PM

            re: inaka.

            Apples to oranges my friend.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              dreamcast18 Oct 22, 2010 10:22 AM

              i know i know...just saying for similar money...there's better food choices.

        2. scoopG Nov 9, 2010 01:40 PM

          Will have to compare to what Mr Xie, a Tianjin native, is offering up at his Flushing Golden Mall and Main Street locations!

          1. c
            crystaw Nov 11, 2010 04:41 PM

            Thanks for the heads up! I figured this was a crepe place because of the Paris in the name...

            1. cant talk...eating Nov 17, 2010 02:05 PM

              Thanks for posting this, Chandavki! Was just in for lunch today. While they have some unique things (bake-wraps), I just had a normal combo lunch of one of their bulletin-board specials, shredded potato, green pepper and pork. This was a lot milder than the Sichuan versions (Chung King, etc.) but still had a kick, and was just fresher/less greasy (i.e., less hash-browns-like). Came with the vaunted Imperial Rice (tasted like, let's see - yes, steamed rice!), and a nice bowl of pork rib broth, and some Strong tea, for $7.99.

              I got a really good vibe - maybe it was the friendly server, the "A" on the door, the easy parking, the Chinese soap opera playing. Maybe not the most unique or flashy Chinese place in the area, but a perfect spot for a quick and satisfying lunch.

              Free-standing "N" nonwithstanding.

              1. j
                JThur01 Feb 11, 2011 10:14 PM

                Made a recent stop here. Definitely a family run place. Lotsa steamed bao. Just for the heck of it I checked on the "earhole cake". Daughter went and asked father, who runs place. Long story short, no...Dean Sin World still the only place in the SGV you'll find those*

                Yes, very different menu than Tianjin Bistro/Beijing Restaurant. Oh, and as far as the "Paris", didn't anyone notice the Eiffel Tower painted on the wall? As far as its signifigance, someone will have to ask the owner.

                *as far as I'm aware

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