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New Sichuan restaurant in Temple City

raytamsgv Mar 28, 2012 06:25 PM

A new Sichuan restaurant has just opened in Temple City. I believe it's called Hao You Lai, which is pretty much the pinyin translation of the Chinese characters. This restaurant replaces Shanghai Kitchen. It's interesting to note that none of the menu items have any indicators of whether or not the dish is spicy.

9679 Las Tunas Dr.
Temple City

  1. ipsedixit Mar 31, 2012 09:42 PM

    Had lunch there today.

    It's pretty awful.

    Dan Dan Mien was gummy, oily, and salty.

    Water boiled fish was sweet.

    Beef kidneys were just side of being too chewy.

    Sizzling fish head hot pot was neither sizzling, nor very hot.

    How to sum up this place ... Everything sort of tastes the same. The ingredients change, but the overall flavors are monotonously uniform. For example, it's either "Black Chili Beef" or "Black Chili Fish Filet" or "Black Chili Chicken". Ugh.

    3 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit
      J.L. Mar 31, 2012 10:30 PM

      Thanks for taking one for the team, ipse...

      1. re: ipsedixit
        Chandavkl Apr 1, 2012 09:35 AM

        Gee. Can't make it to the SGV for more than a week. By the time I get there it might be gone!

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Johnny L Apr 1, 2012 10:48 AM

          Thanks for saving me the trouble. Well maybe it could turn itself around like Beijing Duck House did.

        2. ipsedixit Mar 28, 2012 09:43 PM

          It's interesting to note that none of the menu items have any indicators of whether or not the dish is spicy.

          Maybe they're all spicy.

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            Johnny L Mar 30, 2012 01:03 AM

            Worst case scenario for me. Well I didn't expect Shanghai kitchen to stay open for long. The location is no good due to its floorplan, it was originally a pizza place back when I was in middle school and then it became a crappy Japanese restaurant.

            I don't believe there is room for large tables, no?

            1. re: Johnny L
              raytamsgv Mar 30, 2012 10:30 AM

              It appears that they have three or four large circular tables. But it's a bit of a tight packing.

              1. re: raytamsgv
                Johnny L Mar 30, 2012 09:41 PM

                So I maintain that it's a bad spot for a Chinese restaurant where large circular tables are a necessity. I hope the new place is good though been very disappointed with A Golden House and at least Temple City's Beijing Duck House has made good strides to making great food.

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