Good News For Goose Lovers--Sham Tseng Opens Up Alhambra Branch
Following up on early heads ups from JThur01 and TonyC, Sham Tseng has just opened up in the historic Jumbo Seafood/NYC Jumbo/Kitchen/Gourmet Island building. Their signature items appear to be roast goose, roast gosling, and black rice goose, as well as their hand made roast pig. Also, goose intestine dishes. They also have the same 300+ item menu used at the Monterey Park location, which should play better in Alhambra due the larger premises compared to Monterey Park, where there's insufficient room for all of the waiters to move about. Not a lot of business today, though. Street address is 203 W. Valley Blvd.
In another opening, TonyC tweeted about New Lincoln Seafood Restaurant which recently opened its doors at the former location of Lincoln Plaza Garden in the Lincoln Plaza Hotel. Lincoln Plaza Garden had been one of the oldest dim sum places in the SGV opening almost 20 years ago when it replaced Jade Garden. TonyC's tweet also contained the word "garbage" which hasn't seemed to diminish the size of the crowds--the place was packed with a wait at 11 am this morning. However, having received fair warning I didn't bother to fight the crowds and will perhaps return when the looky-loo phase passes. New Lincoln Seafood is at 123 S. Lincoln Ave. in Monterey Park.
Despite the earlier report on Eater LA, Ding Pangzi's remodeling did bring on new ownership:
Garage Restaurant has taken over Ding Pangzi (Left, not Right)
123 N. Lincoln Ave
And the food was seriously foul. Burnt soy milk, pork/shiitake tasting of pink sludge, etc. Oddly, much like New Lincoln Seafood, there's perpetually a line, as the hungry Vegas-bound China tourists seem to love this stuff. This is what I spoke of on Twitter.
I have no experience with New Lincoln Seafood at 123 S. Lincoln. I believe they opened last September?
The Ding's @ 123 N is gone. The Dings to the right of that, serving pan-spicy Chinese food, is still there. They both serve breakfast, and lunch, and to my knowledge, Garage Restaurant runs well into dinner time. It's $1.25 for bao, making it the most easily accessible cheap "Chinese" food (because Western style breads just don't count) to the busload of tourists.
Speaking of bus tourists, they will cut in line in front of you at Garage, and wave their money, in front of you, in the clerk's face. For the most authentic "Chinese" dining experience (which is to say: drab flouresced shack, no decor, no service, 1 POS, lukewarm baos, zero pride in food), Garage Restaurant is it right now. It'll make you feel like you're fighting with the proletariat for the daily food ration in Beijing. Awesome cultural experience, heinous grub.
Thanks for the clarification. Dings to the right is something like the 3rd oldest Chinese place in the SGV (behind Old Country and Lee's Garden).
Does Yi's (formerly 818 Shakao) still win for "Most Authentic Northern Chinese Dive"? Albeit with better food. I like my most authentic to at least be decent food as well. Or is that an oxymoron?
I went to Sham Tseng last night for dinner. People were actually waiting for tables when we left. They have a section inside where you can order roast pork, duck, and some other dishes to go.
I've never been to the one in Monterey Park, so I can't compare the two. Overall, the food is pretty good. We had a number of dishes: stir fried frog with pepper, bamboo pith with veggies, chicken chow mein, fish maw soup, crab meat and scallop fried rice, Sham Tseng ribs, and deep fried tofu cubes, and half a Beijing-style duck. Don't blame me about the last one: a relative ordered that dish.
I liked the frog dish the best--fragrant and sweet with the taste of peppers. It's not just the legs, but the rest of the frog as well, although I don't think they included the head. The soup was flavorful. The other dishes were quite decent by SGV standards but not spectacular. The only thing I didn't like was the Sham Tseng ribs. They were like old-style sweet and sour pork but with ribs instead--too sweet. The Beijing-style duck was okay, but it's really Cantonese roast duck that has been cut up. If they had kept it as such, it would have been better.
The complimentary red bean dessert soup was surprisingly good. The concoction was smooth, slightly viscous, and not too sweet.
I would have liked to order the roast goose, but at $80, it far exceeded my salary as a wannabe food critic. The same goes for the roast suckling pig.
Prices are pretty much in the mid-range of similar restaurants in the SGV. Sham Tseng focuses mostly on traditional Hong-Kong/Cantonese dishes. Service was decent (we spoke with the staff in Cantonese). Parking is okay.
Noticed that the one one on Garvey serves goose but the price was not inexpensive as compared to duck. As far as the food, I found that there was no difference from the old Sam Woo which it replaced IMHO. Lunch time was packed with people on a week day.
Hmm. Just noticed that the signage says "Ah Sham Tseng" on the front of the building. A minor point, but the telephone listings appear to be under "Ah".