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Won Won Kitchen Has Gone Gone Bye-Bye

Chandavkl Jan 30, 2012 02:41 PM

In a blow to Taiwanese food fans, Won Won Kitchen on Las Tunas in Temple City is gone. It has been replaced by a place called J's House, a restaurant so inconspicuous that I failed to notice that it was a restaurant as I walked by. Only when I walked around and discovered that Won Won was gone that I went back to find that this indeed was a replacement restaurant. Since I had already been to three eating places today I had to pass on dining here for now. However, grabbing a menu, it appears that J's House is a combination Taiwanese and Malaysian restaurant. They continue to serve some of Won Won's menu, but also has a Malaysian section on the menu with items like Hainan Chicken and Bak Kuh Teh Noodle. Also quite a few Taiwanese and Malaysian appetizers and a listing of boba teas. J's House is at 9461 Las Tunas Dr. As I will be eating my way across New York this week perhaps one of the other hounds can pay this place a visit before I try it out.

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    Johnny L Jan 30, 2012 04:11 PM

    eh never was a fan of the food only the prices. Laziness to cook brought me there mostly.

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    1. re: Johnny L
      TonyC Jan 30, 2012 05:05 PM


      Nor of the space. Damnit it was claustrophobic.

      Have an excellent chow trip chandav.

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      JThur01 Jan 31, 2012 10:16 AM

      Won Won might not have been anything that special, but it was the first place I sampled Taiwanese food.

      It was small, but compared to some of the other Taiwanese places?

      SGV changes seem to be coming fast and furious since late November.

      Have a good trip Chandavkl.

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      1. re: JThur01
        JThur01 Jan 31, 2012 08:11 PM

        So, does this mean QQ will revert back to non-vegetarian fare? After all, there is a window of opportunity now.

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          Johnny L Feb 1, 2012 01:18 AM

          I'm curious how many customers they get now because I think there is also a market for Asian vegetarian in this area since the there's aren't too many close ones and Chinese/Taiwanese women are health nuts at times.

          Also I think that Tofu King on Baldwin is a good alternative albeit not as inexpensive.

          1. re: Johnny L
            JThur01 Feb 1, 2012 07:28 PM

            That's a good point. Let me also add that the lady at the counter of Won Won was always very pleasant and remembered me. Must have been my hat :-)

      2. Chandavkl Feb 15, 2012 01:37 PM

        Js House (no apostrophe) is still a mecca for cheap eats. Fried pork chop for $3.50, ditto for a good sized chicken cutlet. $3.90 for fish cutlet. Not gourmet stuff, but a good value.

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        1. re: Chandavkl
          ipsedixit Feb 16, 2012 07:29 PM

          Not really.

          Prices have increased now about 10% across the board as compared to Won Won, plus the portions are considerably smaller. So between the price increase and the smaller portions, it's still cheap eats, but certainly no "mecca".

          Oh, and it's not as tasty as Won Won used to be. So if you thought Won Won was mediocre at best (yes, that means you Johnny L and TonyC) then you'll probably think it totally sucks now.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            TonyC Feb 16, 2012 09:10 PM

            I will always have Old Country Cafe (Alhambra, which is obviously not Taiwanese owned, natch).

            Am deathly curious about O, Taipei, but by the way they skimped on the signage, I'm also deathly afraid.

            1. re: TonyC
              ipsedixit Feb 16, 2012 09:19 PM

              Go now.

              You can be the first to popularize the new "Kimchi Beef Roll".

              Maybe someday someone can come up with a totally OG "Oyster Pancake Roll"

              1. re: ipsedixit
                TonyC Feb 16, 2012 09:37 PM

                And on that note, I'll let JGold, our God (per Tony Bourdain), take the first hit, just as he did for the "New" Golden Deli.

                Kimchi beef roll is a bit brilliant though. You wish you thought of it first. Someone send a sample to JL7 right away, so he can share it with KKardash on their first date.

                1. re: TonyC
                  ipsedixit Feb 16, 2012 09:40 PM

                  Oyster Pancake Roll is still not too late to be discovered.

                  Carb-on-carb. Sort of like the Taiwanese version of Pizza Hut's pasta bowls.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    TonyC Feb 16, 2012 11:16 PM

                    friggin ips, such a kidder.

                    PSA: They don't have kimchi beef roll! This joint reminds me of Railroad Bento, and I think I'm going to freakini' love it.

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