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Stockpiling Chinese Goodies from San Gabriel

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Let's say you were going to San Gabriel valley and wanted to stock your fridge with Chinese goodies for a few days.

What would you get? Are there any delis out there (like a chinese "whole foods" pre-made deli section) that would do the trick? Or stuff like Sam Woo BBQ pork? Or maybe the "chinese pastrami" from szechuan cold tables?

Anybody?

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  1. DUDE, I just created this thread!

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900067

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    1. re: ns1

      hey NS1 now that you are here, what are the "viet deli items from Banh Mi My Tho"?

      1. re: echoparkdirt

        it's whatever is available near the registers when you get there lol.

    2. You and ns1 should get together and carpool, or coordinate, or something ...

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900067

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        oops. what happens now?

      2. You mean like Yum Cha Cafe inside of the San Gabriel Superstore? Except that the quality is a bit below Whole Foods.

        1. Hmm, tough call. Some Chinese items are so fresh, they don't transport well. I have a tendency to stock up on groceries (produce, spices, etc.) so I can attempt to cook decent Chinese dishes at home. The other stocking I do is made up from leftovers :-)

          ...plus, of course, frozen dumplings.

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          1. re: JThur01

            +1

            A lot of Chinese food is made to be consumed quickly and have poor shelf life. Unless all you're doing is buying frozen and dried goods, you'll need to eat everything within a few days.