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The new, other Shen Yang (Monterey Park)

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  • odub May 29, 2013 12:18 AM
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I rolled out to the new Shen Yang on Garvey, just east of Atlantic, with two friends (and one thoroughly bored daughter) after reading TonyC's mention on L.A. Eater. I always liked the Shen Yang on San Gabriel Blvd. (cumin chicken bones!) and given that this one is closer, it was worth peeping.

Before we proceed any further, I need some confirmation on WTF this dish is: http://goo.gl/rZ5Px

It says "race dog meat" and I was told by one friend that it's referring to greyhound meat, at least that's the literal translation. Now...I know things get lost in translation on these menus all the time but is this place actually advertising that they serve greyhound meat?!?!?!

Suffice to say...we didn't order it.

Did get the cumin chicken bone which was decent...less greasy, slightly more meaty than the ones at SY SG though also crazy salty.

The Korean-style cold noodles were on-point. I haven't had any in about two years so I don't feel like I'm capable of rendering a relative opinion about whether it's better or worse than any other place but it tasted good.

We got the braised pork ribs but those were no big deal. Decent but not memorable.

The la-pan-mien was great; just the right amount of sour. Could have used a little more noodles in the dish but all said, really good stuff.

Dry green beans with a ton of crumbled pork. This was fine. Not memorable.

A plate of lamb skewers. This was good but it's lamb skewers: hard to mess up.

I'd definitely go back again, tons on the menu left to try. But yeah, "race dog meat." Uhhhhhh.

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  1. At least they didn't say "Intercity Bus Meat"

    1. The race dog meat dish (or 賽狗肉) is from what I understand a play on words and refers to a tournament in Northern China. It is usually made with pig feet or trotter meat, and braised with deep and heavy accents of allspice, cumin and sometimes star anise.

      So, no, no greyhounds were harmed in this post.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Agree with ipse.

        Nor were any actual Buddha/Buddhist monks were harmed in the making of "Buddha Jumping Over Wall"...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I thought it was a dish make from pork offal (豬雜).

          1. re: Mr. Roboto

            Not always.

        2. Northern Restaurant in Rosemead does have Fake Shen Yang Dog Meat on its menu, so perhaps they're trying to replicate the flavor.

          1. FWIW, race dog meat was f'ing fantastic. It's a pulled pork "salad", if you will. A hint of sweetness, a bit sour, topped with cilantro, carrots, sesame seeds, served room temp. It's the perfect beer noshing food, before, or after watching the races at Canidrome. (Shoddy pic attached).

            Pitcher is B2G1 free, though draft is only 百味 and Amberbock right now.

            Major miss has been the "sea bass" stew. They used crocker, which is OG Dongbei and all, but rather difficult to eat. Also, I've been having a hard time finding the comparable "sauerkraut" stews so readily available at The Other Shen Yang (unrelated). But if you want chitterling done 3 ways, this place has you covered.

            This is one of finest '13 openings in SGV, barring the "Magic Toilet Cafe". Even the skewers are fairly edible, and I'm waiting for the "smoked" chicken rack to come online (sometime shortly) as well as for them to import a second naengmyeon press so they can make buckwheat noodles they promised during the first week.

             
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            1. re: TonyC

              "Magic Toilet Cafe " ?

              And is Canidrome the same as Santa Anita Race Track ?

              1. re: kevin

                http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/06/...

                1. re: TonyC

                  Thanks Tony.

              2. re: TonyC

                Tony: what's the other chicken bone dish? I didn't see it on the menu.

                And what's the Magic Toilet Cafe? I am now intrigued.

              3. Went there the other day. The race dog meat is actually pork in a fermented sauce.

                They're known for the cold noodles. (get the sweet and sour one)

                The entire staff is from Shen Yang.

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                1. re: ClarissaW

                  Top Ten Race Dog Meats in Los Angeles?

                  C'mon, you know it's happening ...

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    lmao.

                    i personally hated it. too "suan" 酸

                    1. re: ClarissaW

                      So, it's not cracking the top 5? Maybe a contender for 7 or 8?

                      If you can actually find 10 different iterations of 賽狗肉 in Los Angeles I will personally fund your Taiwanese restaurant in Manhattan (NY or KS).

                      1. re: ClarissaW

                        What does "suan" mean ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          Sour, tart or acidic. 酸 suān

                          1. re: scoopG

                            Thanks.

                    2. re: ClarissaW

                      Even if it is actually pork, the name doesn't make me want to give my business to this restaurant, let alone try the dish.

                      1. re: granadafan

                        It'd be your loss. Many ethnic cookeries serve all types of mock domesticated animal meats. e.g. Chin Go Gae's "dog stew", Wok Coco in Anaheim has a "Sulawesi stew in the style of dog meat" (which, btw, is a fantastic dish), etc.

                        Obviously, none of these establishments are serving dog. Cuz we're in 'merika. It's about respecting the flavor profile (and the hyperlocal culinary traditions), more than unethical meats in these cases.

                        FWIW, Shen Yang's race dog dish is delicious, as was mentioned above. It's a more herbal/aromatic/non-smoky Carolina BBQ.

                    3. + The fried chicken platter is delicious.

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                      1. re: ClarissaW

                        Is this joint supposed to be kind of sichuan with the spicy fried chicken cubes ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          nope it's northeastern chinese.

                          1. re: ClarissaW

                            ok.

                            1. re: ClarissaW

                              Is zha ziang mien on the menu?

                            2. re: kevin

                              It *was* a Shufeng Garden, they of the outstanding Sichuan, but...no one realized it until chandavkl stopped by and saw the menu (the signs read Saporous Grill and Mrs. Chen's Tofu in English & Mandarin, respectively). Within a matter of a few weeks after chandavkl discovered this, and TonyC, confirmed it...it became Shen Yang. Dongbei style.

                          2. Just so everyone will know, I have something coming up on Shen Yang, but I didn't simply copy off this page, since it was pretty much done before odub's post.

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                            1. re: JThur01

                              Only on CH would a food writer feel it necessary to disclaim as such. :)

                              1. re: odub

                                But I'm sure Jim was like "Oh dang!" when he first saw this post.

                                1. re: J.L.

                                  ...or something thereabouts. I try not to work blue, but it was a bit stronger than "Oh dang!" :-)

                              2. re: JThur01

                                And just so you know, Jim, we don't have the password to access your laptop. No, really, we don't.

                                Trust. Me. On. This.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I've often wondered why I have such an easy time getting on the wi-fi at various places around the SGV...now I know.

                                  ("That's strange, I didn't even need to type in my password, and I haven't been here before") :-)

                              3. was back yesterday for lunch. they updated their menu to: race dog meat (pork) where they'd written in (fake) in pen.

                                we had an order (and the kid with glasses smiled when we ordered it. not sure what to make of that). not knowing what real race dog meat tastes like, all i can say is that it was soft-jerky-like in terms of texture and consistency, spicy, with a hint of gaminess that one might associate with dog meat,
                                and served with cilantro.

                                while the menu upgrades did not correct the spelling for the "sweat"/sour cold noodles, the noodles were again spot on.

                                the cumin chicken bones were nowhere near as heavily laced with cumin this time around though. a little disappointing.

                                the noodles & dumplings we ordered to round out the meal were ok.