Help A Sino-lovin' Brother Out in the West SGV Please
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).
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.
So, not much new to see here, except a bunch of new tea houses (natch).
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.
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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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.