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Jan 23, 2013 10:09 AM

First SGV Chinese restaurant with a "Cold Table"?

A question for the veterans of the SGV scene (chandavkl, I'm looking at you). What restaurant was the first in the SGV to have the Sichuan style cold table/cold counter?

Any ideas? Time frame?

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  1. I'm curious: what exactly is a "Sichuan style cold table/cold counter"?

    1. I can only take a wild guess--Hua's Chinese Delicacies, 1999, the predecessor of the Yun(*.*) Garden chain.

      1. There was a Sichuan restaurant in the old strip mall that had Diho Market that had a cold table with chafing dishes of things like pickled radishes, marinated cold julienned potatoes, etc. Can't remember the name of it, however ...

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          That would be Szechwan Express, which opened in the mid-1990s

          1. re: Chandavkl

            It was before that, and it was not Szechwan Express.

            The place I am referring to was probably there at least until the mid/late 80s.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              OK. Ju Lo, which probably opened in the late 1970s, 1980 at the latest.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Dammit, where's the internet when you need it.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Where was the Diho Market? That one pre-dates my area involvement.

            1. re: JThur01

              It's the shopping center currently occupied by Elite. The building that's now an adult care center or something like that.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                That shopping center also housed the first Ding's, and also one of the first places that had Taiwanese breakfast (yiou-tioa, soy milk (sweet and savory), etc.) and some of the best potato salad bread sandwiches I've ever had.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  I'm pretty sure it's an adult day care center. I remember when Diho market opened. It created quite a buzz in the local Chinese community back in the days.