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Dec 23, 2012 01:45 AM

More changes in the WSGV...

In Hilton Plaza, Cowboy's Steakhouse is gone, replaced by Shanghai Dumpling House. It was closed by the time I went by, but might be the same as the one in Monrovia. Someone else feel free to stop by & check. I'd appreciate it.

The tiny stucco building at 525 W. Valley in Alhambra, that last housed Bao Bao Bistro, and before that was BeBe's first stop (and before that Chuan Yu Noodles Town, etc., etc.) has signage up for Sizzling King.

BeBe's second spot, on Garvey in Rosemead has also welcomed a new tenant, but it's worth a separate post.

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  1. the mainland onslaught continues..

    1. Thanks for the heads up--Cowboy's was still there a couple of weeks ago so I wouldn't have thought to check back. I'm wondering if Shanghai Dumpling House is even open yet, as they did not appear to be open for lunch today.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        You're welcome. I think Shanghai Dumpling House is just getting ready to open. From what others have written, seems like a very quick turnaround. Peeking in last night, it looked like it could either already be open or could soon.

        Then again, maybe they're planning on Luscious Dumpling type hours. It must be a branch of the one in Monrovia, looks quite similar.

        1. re: JThur01

          Lack of Yelp reviews would imply it hasn't opened yet.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Good point. Sorry about that, I was simply too tired to check Yelp last night. The restaurant looked completely ready, at least from what I could see.

            Have you been to Shanghai Dumpling House in Monrovia?

            I don't know if Sizzling King is open or not, I just saw the signage as I drove past.

            1. re: JThur01

              Been to the Monrovia Shanghai Dumpling but didn't have the nerve to try the confusion dish.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                The confusion meat was very unexciting, merely a Chinese version of head cheese or Spam. I found out Mei Long Village has the same thing under a different name.

                1. re: JThur01

                  I agree. The term "Confusion" was a mistranslation of the Chinese term. I think "variety" would have been a better term. Basically, it consisted of chopped up meats bonded together with a gelatin mixture and wrapped into a form to give it some shape. Like revenge, it was served cold.

                  1. re: raytamsgv

                    Any idea of the meats? What I had at SDH in Monrovia reminded me more of canned ham than head cheese, while the Zhen Jiang Cured Meat at Mei Long Village clearly looks more like a head cheese.

                    1. re: JThur01

                      Sorry, I didn't ask, so I don't know the answer to that.

                    2. re: raytamsgv

                      Kind of like the departed Strange Taste Restaurant in Manhattan Chinatown. I'm sure they were trying to say that their food was distinctive and different, but "strange" wasn't the right way to convey that message.

        2. Shanghai Dumpling closed its Monrovia location Dec 10, 2012 and will be moving to the Hilton Plaza on Jan 1, 2013.

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          1. re: gdtobme

            Aha! That makes sense since the Monrovia location was relatively inconvenient not being on the Arcadia side of town.

            1. re: gdtobme

              Thanks. That thought had crossed my mind. Though as Chandavkl can attest to, the first thought nowadays is expansion rather than relocation.

              1. re: gdtobme

                Confirming that they have reopened in San Gabriel.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Thanks Chandavkl. I'm afraid I let you all down. I should have posted that news last week when I made I visit, but I didn't get around to it. I found out they have a somewhat different menu and was told they no longer have "Confusion Meat" (indeed, it is no longer on the menu).