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Did I Walk Into The Wrong Movie? Corn Porridge at Asia Buffet in City of Industry

Chandavkl Mar 3, 2011 01:36 PM

If there's one restaurant I've judiciously avoided for umpteen years, it's been Asia Buffet, due to the warning sign on the awning outside the restaurant. I mean if the permanent signage "New York Style Chinese Food" doesn't scream "Do Not Enter", I don't know what does. I did take the time to peer in a few years ago when visiting the since departed Wonton Forest in the same shopping center, and my fears were confirmed by the slogan inside the restaurant "The Largest New York Style Asian Buffet in Los Angeles." Anyway, I was back in the same shopping center today to check out the crowded new Taiwanese restaurant Jin Yuan, but feeling in an AYCE sort of mood I decided to swing by Asia Buffet first. Once inside I saw that something had changed. At least half the customers were Asian (compared to something close to zero on my previous inspection). And a lot of the food was not New York style. Now I'm not saying this is West Coast Seafood, but corn porridge? I had to do an Internet search when I got back to confirm my suspicion that this was a Dongbei item. Also, Szechwan style whole fish, Chinese long string beans, and a wonderful fish fillet, crispy on the outside without visible breading in a subtle slightly fruity sauce. Now the corn porridge wasn't particularly tasty--tasted sort of like Cream of Wheat (or is it Cream of Rice)? But you gotta give them at least 50 points for even having the dish. Heck, I'm definitely coming back here, if gasoline prices ever drop. Asia Buffet is at 18268 E. Gale Ave.

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Wonton Forest
18230 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

Asia Buffet
8360 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

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  1. raytamsgv RE: Chandavkl Mar 3, 2011 03:37 PM

    Sounds interesting, but I think I'll pass on the corn porridge.

    1. ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Mar 3, 2011 07:08 PM

      Do you millet porridge, as opposed to corn porridge?

      If so, Canton Bakery & Gourmet (aka Beijing Pie House) has it as well.

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        Chandavkl RE: ipsedixit Mar 4, 2011 08:53 AM

        The sign said corn porridge, and it was a deep yellowish color.

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          ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Mar 4, 2011 09:22 AM

          That sounds like millet or Xiao Mi Zhou.

          Did it look like this picture? (not mine)

           
          1. re: ipsedixit
            Chandavkl RE: ipsedixit Mar 4, 2011 03:09 PM

            At a distance, it might be.

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        reality check RE: Chandavkl Mar 5, 2011 01:29 PM

        This used to be the second location of China Buffet; the other China Buffet was in Fullerton.

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          Chandavkl RE: reality check Mar 6, 2011 09:14 PM

          Thanks for the clarification. A check of the archives showed that Asia Buffet did continue to carry on the New York Chinese food mantle after the changeover, but this does explain why they might be more willing to throw in the authentic stuff, too.

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          Asia Buffet
          8360 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

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