Shanghai Gourmet (FKA Shanghai Bamboo House on Duarte)
Moved this thread from: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858925
since I thought this place deserved its own. Anyone else been lately? I was there a couple days ago for lunch. I think the menu has changed a bit; at least they have photos of most of the dishes which helps a lot since the staff still speaks barely any English at all (took "cold dishes" to mean I wanted a Coke, so I ended up just walking back into the kitchen for a look in the cooler after a few baffled attempts at communication).
Ordered the "crab with glass noodles" which was two stir-fried whole blue crab with lots of ginger and black pepper, broken up and poured (drippings and all) into a bowl of glass noodles. it was a bizarre but delicious dish, if a bit messy. Noticed a J. Gold review on the wall that mentioned the yam and ham in wine sauce dish, which from the photos looked like slices of white yam with those wrinkly/thin black mushrooms. Have no idea if these are typical Shanghai-ese dishes but I'll go back for the crab noodles, which was only $9.99.
Oh yeah - got my cold app - sauteed spinach with pine nuts. Simple and refreshing on a hot day. They also had jellyfish with sliced celery if, you know, you're in the mood for cold jellyfish.