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Oct 15, 2012 01:51 PM

ROC Star Dumpling soft opening on Sawtelle this week

Believe it will open half of the restaurant up as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Expect reports from CHOWers.

There'll be XLB, NRM, 3-cup chicken, bunch of dumplings and potstickers, etc.

Address: 2049 Sawtelle Blvd
Facebook page here:
Grubstreet write-up here:
Eater write-up here:

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  1. This is right around the corner from Seoul Sausage. It's going to be a parking nightmare to end all parking nightmares down there.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Isn't it already a parking nightmare?

      1. re: wienermobile

        If I were Nijiya I would get ready to "repel boarders" with water cannons and pugil sticks...

    2. Cheung is a Cantonese enunciation/spelling for Chang or Zhang (like queen of HK cinema, Maggie Cheung or aging 80s/90s sky king pop singer Jackie Cheung).

      It would qualify as a "mini DTF", if they also serve stewed/double boiled black chicken soup.

      Still looking forward to Tainanese style food / real Min style cuisine going mainstream someday.

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      1. re: K K

        My wife's friend is a Hong Kongese Cheung and they pronounce it as "Chung", not "Chang".

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I guess it depends on how it is enunciated by whoever owns the name vs how the original ancestry/lineage's last name was interpreted by customs when they arrived in the USA and wrote down what they heard when asked of their last name (assuming country of origin did not issue English spelling of last name, like rural parts of China, or before HK colonial British rule and establishment of English ID/spelling).

          Kind of like how Reagan and Regan might have had the same name but the person who interpreted the accent from immigrants either wrote down a different spelling or what not.

          Like Wong and Wang are otherwise the same in some cases, but one doesn't know for sure unless having a grasp of Mandarin and Cantonese enunciation whether it's the character for "king", or "yellow", or if it is Huang. It's a tricky proposition.

          1. re: Mr Taster

            Well, Cheung is how many folks from HK transliterate 张 (zhāng); that's an approximation of the sound in Cantonese (zoeng1 in jutopinyin). Many folks from Taiwan transliterate the same word as Chang (using ch to represent the sound represented as zh in Hanyu Pinyin). According to Wikipedia, the same name can also be transliterated Teo and Teoh (Teochew) Chong (Hakka), Jang and Chang in Korean, etc. In terms of how people typically say them in English; that's kind of irrelevant. Even people who can speak the language will usually say the name the way people expect to hear it when they're speaking English. I could be wrong (not a Cantonese speaker), but I think the initial sound is closer to dz than ch in Cantonese.

            If you know the common surnames and how they're often transliterated, you can often make some guesses about where someone came from, but there is some overlap (and, as others have mentioned, sometimes people, especially those who came over before current romanization systems came into style, have used a phonetic transliteration).

            It looks like the name sometimes transliterated as Cheung by Koreans refers to 增 or 曾 in Chinese characters.

        2. Will the Westside FINALLY have a decent version of XLB? I glanced at the picture of the XLB that was in the window last week and started salavating.

          1. B/c XLB and dumplings are classically Taiwanese? =( I'd like XLB in the area, but I think a restaurant in the vein of Garden Cafe or something like that would also be fun. =)

            Good grief, there's a lot of new eateries there, very few of which I've tried! Maybe I should start at Plan Check in the early afternoon and just work my way down the street....

            And parking (at least IMO) has become significantly worse over the past few months, at least in the immediate area. You can still find parking several blocks west, though....

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            1. re: ilysla

              Having Sawtelle as "Neighborhood of the Month" didn't help the parking situation any...

            2. Gloating time: Sawtelle is walkable from where I am...

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              1. re: J.L.

                The Big Blue Bus # 4 runs down Sawtelle but only during the day [it goes to the Brentwood Country Mart as well] BBB #5 and #1 and the Culver City #6 will drop you easy walking distance.

                1. re: J.L.

                  We really don't want to hear how you live within walking distance of the Sawtelle Strip.

                  Thanks for gloating. It's not at all appreciated.


                    1. re: J.L.

                      Uh, to bring this back to the Chow.... ;)

                      Does anyone know anything about chef? I read the write-ups above, but it doesn't say where else the chef has been (just a vague reference to his training).

                      I do have to say I'm looking forward to a nice plate of pork chop rice (hopefully the westside markup won't be too much!). It was one of my favorite comfort-food dishes growing up.... My partner (who isn't super familiar w/ Chinese food) went to a Chinese place near us on Wilshire a few mo ago and said it was disgusting. It'd be nice to have something of home (I grew up in SGV) nearby....

                      1. re: ilysla

                        With a name like ROC Star, it's a good bet that there's no mainland money behind it...

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Heard that the owner and/or chef are Korean, should be interesting if true.

                              1. re: J.L.

                                "Then that's Gangnam style..."

                                Don't think he can cook. Likes to eat though!

                          1. re: ilysla

                            Chef Cheung found himself at Slanted Door after culinary school. He was last seen in LA as a chef-consultant to RAMA Thai on Third, which has since shuttered.

                            But dude(ette), this kinda cooking requires couple Chinamen with wok-handling skills, not a CIA certificate. As long as the man can find a few cooks from employment agencies off Garvey, everyone will be in great shape.

                      2. re: J.L.

                        Same here. I am loving all this action on Sawtelle.