Hounding at the Chinese New Year Festival Monterey Park
Did anyone else go? It was fun, but the rows of Chinese and Taiwanese street food I'd hoped for simply weren't there. THere were only a handful of vendors, and most of them were non-Chinese: BBQ, Italian, Middle Eastern, Thai, etc.—and the same names that pop up at every street fair in LA.
With so little to choose, the available stalls were mobbed. I got a skewer of curry fish balls from a popular stand which also specialized in some what they called "Hong Kong Pancakes" made in a waffle iron contraption. The "pancakes" looked like strings of small eggs strung together. The flavours were sweet: chocolate, strawberry, coffee.
I also had a nice Hot Pot from a place called Boiling Point. Peppery broth, mystery meat, cilantro, quail egg and my first stinky tofu, which I expect is eaten in Taiwan mostly on a dare.
Since it was the Year of the Rabbit, a man had a bunny on a leash; this was the highlight of my trip. Will try to get a photo up if I can figure out how.
Meanwhile, I'd say give this a miss for Chowhounding.
(Please note that th "Boiling Point" resto link that appears at the end is incorrect—this place is in Monterey Park, not Hacineda Heights).