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Chinese Restaurant name = not what you should order

barryc Jun 20, 2013 02:42 PM

Went to Emperor Noodle, tried the XLB (nice and soupy, and aside from the nipple on top, fairly thin skinned and only prone to break if you tried to lift them - i scooped mine with a spoon and ate it wonton style) , SJB (yeah, they're weapons grade, but a little too doughy for my tastes) which were a lot better than the noodles.

Was pleasantly surprised by the double mushroom/gluten dish. What looked like a mushroom in the pic in the menu turned out to be an inflated gluten ball that had a surprisingly fluffy texture.

Seems to me that there are a lot of SGV chinese restaurants that are like that - what you should order there is NOT what you'd think based on the restaurant name.

Examples I can think of offhand would include lucky noodle king and their beef roll. Are there other obvious choices?

 
 
 
 
 
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  1. ipsedixit RE: barryc Jun 20, 2013 07:58 PM

    Seems to me that there are a lot of SGV chinese restaurants that are like that - what you should order there is NOT what you'd think based on the restaurant name.

    Examples I can think of offhand would include lucky noodle king and their beef roll. Are there other obvious choices?
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    What part of the "lucky noodle king" name would make you want to order a "beef roll"?

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      granadafan RE: barryc Jun 20, 2013 09:48 PM

      I think the dumplings at Ma Ma's Lu Dumpling House are really good.

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        CLowe RE: granadafan Jun 22, 2013 12:09 PM

        agreed. I like almost everything I've had at Ma Ma Lu's.

      2. Mr. Roboto RE: barryc Jun 20, 2013 10:13 PM

        "Seems to me that there are a lot of SGV chinese restaurants that are like that - what you should order there is NOT what you'd think based on the restaurant name."
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        Shouldn't you be including SGV vietnamese restaurants in this line of thinking?

        8232 Garvey Ave.
        Rosemead, CA 91770

         
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          blimpbinge RE: Mr. Roboto Jun 20, 2013 10:23 PM

          It actually sounds nothing like the (imo, inaccurate) romanization would suggest.

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          swannee RE: barryc Jun 21, 2013 09:28 AM

          This is often true in NYC as well: NY Noodletown does almost everything better than noodles, the XLB place in Flushing isn't all that good for XLB, etc. etc.

          1. raytamsgv RE: barryc Jun 21, 2013 01:27 PM

            I've been told that the Native American food isn't very good at the Indian restaurant in San Gabriel.

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              ipsedixit RE: raytamsgv Jun 21, 2013 07:30 PM

              Nor is the Indian. Too lean.

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                kevin RE: raytamsgv Jun 23, 2013 11:59 PM

                I don't think it's really about the food anyhow.

              2. Porthos RE: barryc Jun 21, 2013 07:37 PM

                Surprised Yung Ho hasn't been mentioned...

                http://m.yelp.com/biz/yung-ho-restaur...

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