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Ciao Bob May 17, 2012 09:30 AM

Looking for new ideas for Sunday night dinner in the Mid-to-West SGV.

About a month ago, I had a fantastic meal at 9679 Las Tunas recently (no Eng-rish name, my friends translated it as "Spicy Fish House"), I will likely go there again, but am looking for new ideas. Anything good SGV Hounds...open to anything from Shanghai to Nothern to Yunnan (just not Canto/HK/Chui Chow).
TIA Bob

  1. Ciao Bob May 21, 2012 09:11 AM

    Thanks all.
    Hao Yu Lai was quite good. One of the best dishes is a simple lotus root positively drowning in Ma La (numb-spicy) sichuan pepper.

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      Chandavkl May 17, 2012 11:10 AM

      The English name at 9679 Las Tunas is Hao Yu Lai. It's only on the exterior signage, not the menus etc. Most all of the new places in the SGV get mentioned on the board, so I don't know which ones you've noted. Biggest recent splashes probably have been Wang Xing Ji in San Gabriel Square and Shaanxi Gourmet in Rosemead.

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      1. re: Chandavkl
        Ciao Bob May 17, 2012 01:18 PM

        Thanks Chandavkl - that is some "English name" :)
        Does it really mean Spicy Fish House?

        1. re: Ciao Bob
          raytamsgv May 17, 2012 04:28 PM

          Your friend may have been pulling your leg. The Chinese name is: 好又来, which is not even remotely close to "Spicy Fish House".

          I know the individual characters, but it may be an idiom that I cannot translate well. Perhaps they have that name elsewhere in the establishment?

          1. re: raytamsgv
            Peripatetic May 19, 2012 11:50 AM

            The full name seems to be 好又來鮮魚府:

            http://s3-media2.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphot...

            It's in the Health Dept database as "SI CHUAN HOA YOU LAI", for what that's worth.

            1. re: Peripatetic
              raytamsgv May 21, 2012 02:41 PM

              Thanks for the photo and the Health Depot. Info. The Chinese name would be more accurately translated as "Fresh Fish House". Regardless, it's just a name.

      2. ipsedixit May 17, 2012 10:10 AM

        Shen Yang
        Omar's
        Shanxxi

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          TonyC May 17, 2012 10:36 AM

          Pretty sure CB's been to them all, several times.

          Fortune No. 1 ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811191 ) has released some Northern / Tianjin dishes, but you're on your own.

          Sweethome Grill's ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840137 ) menu looks "deep end": http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/1OkMND... but I've literally seen NO one there.

          So, not much new to see here, except a bunch of new tea houses (natch).

          1. re: TonyC
            Ciao Bob May 17, 2012 01:17 PM

            Actually I have not made it to Shaanxi Gourmet! Thanks TC and ID!

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              JThur01 May 19, 2012 11:14 AM

              Let me third Shaanxi Gourmet. TonyC sums up the WSGV scene of late, not much interesting or of note.

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              Johnny L May 19, 2012 02:29 AM

              Sweethome was busy when I passed by it on Sunday night after work around 10ish.

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                bulavinaka May 19, 2012 03:16 PM

                Went to Sweethome for lunch today - we just beat the rush around 12:30PM. Cold peanut dish, cold cucumbers; skewers of lamb, beef strapback, chicken hearts, squid; lamb noodle soup, cold noodles w/ sesame. A beer and wine license would seal the deal here.

            3. re: ipsedixit
              J.L. May 17, 2012 10:49 AM

              +1. Get the Big Plate of Chicken. The noodles at Omar's are great.

              1. re: J.L.
                Mr Taster May 17, 2012 12:22 PM

                It's worth mentioning that while Omar's is delicious (especially the big plate chicken with those spectacular noodles), their prices are more in line with a western restaurant than the bargains we're used to enjoying across the SGV. The big plate chicken costs around $18. That's the pork pump price range, but somehow I feel that pork pump is a better bang for the buck.

                I especially love the weird sort of Khazak-grandma motif, with the lacy curtains and central Asian tschotchkes on the wall. When I walk through that door I feel like I've stepped through xiao din dan's magic door.

                Mr Taster

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