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Heads Up! Chinese Peruvian Restaurant Opening This Weekend

Chandavkl Aug 26, 2013 01:04 PM

While I've been to Peruvian restaurants in Los Angeles having a Chinese section or other Asian influence on the menu, I don't recall any such restaurant flying a banner as a Chinese restaurant like I've seen in Florida. According to the signage outside of the former Dumpling 10053 location at 10053 E. Valley in El Monte, such a restaurant is opening this weekend. The exterior signage says B B Garden, which was a Shanghai style restaurant that opened a few months ago. Don't know if they're retaining the B B Garden name or not. Hopefully one of you can get out there this weekend to try it out.

  1. barryc Jan 25, 2014 10:49 AM

    we tried ming yuen with a group of eight including one peruvian very familar with chifa cuisine. i liked the loma saltado but that was about it. my peruvian friend was not very impressed.

     
     
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      Chandavkl Jan 13, 2014 09:08 AM

      Some background information from ClarissaW

      http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/arch...

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        TripleAxel Feb 5, 2014 12:35 AM

        "Ming Yuen is an Asian fusion joint in El Monte, but it's a far cry from the Americanized platters of kung pao chicken and chop suey that typically come to mind when the word "fusion" is invoked.": - Seriously, does anyone ever think of chop suey when one discusses about Chinese fusion cuisine? Sounds like she's stuck in the 70s.

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        Chandavkl Sep 4, 2013 02:01 PM

        Restaurant has opened up under the name Ming Yuen, even though there's various signage outside still referring to prior tenants Mandarin House, Dumpling 10053 and BB Garden. Pan Chinese menu with a special section of a dozen Peruvian Chinese Chifa dishes including Lomo Saltad and Kam Lu Wonton which I found to be OK. Also Cantonese, Taiwanese, Sichuan, Shanghai, and who knows what other kinds of items on the menu.

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          andytseng Aug 27, 2013 02:10 PM

          If I go here, is there a particular menu item that I should be looking for? I wiki'd Chifa and under the "typical chifa dishes" are a lot of regular sounding, Panda Express-style things.

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            TripleAxel Aug 27, 2013 02:14 PM

            Here's their menu:

            Chinese Style / Chifa

            45 Wantan frito (8PCS). $ 8.95
            Fried wonton served with sweet and sour sauce
            46 Chicharrones de Pollo $ 12.95
            Deep fried boneless chicken pieces served with special lemon and chinese 5 spices powder
            47 Kam Loo Wantan $ 16.95
            Wontons with sweet & sour sauces topped with chunks of prok, chicken & shrimp chinese 5 pieces
            48 Gallina con Piña. $ 12.95
            Boneless chicken cooked with sweet & sour sauce and pineapple
            49 Gallina con Tamarindo. $ 12.95
            Boneless chicken cooked with sweet & sour sauce
            50 Chancho con Piña. $ 12.95
            Roasted pork cooked with sweet & sour sauce and pineapple
            51 Chancho con Tamarindo $ 12.95
            Roasted pork cooked with sweet & sour sauce
            52 Tallarin Saltado de Pollo / Carne $ 12.95
            Chicken of beef chow mein
            53 Tallarin Saltado de Chancho $ 12.95
            Roast pork chow mein
            54 Tallarin Saltado Especial $ 13.95
            Special chow mein with pork, shrimps, beef and chicken
            55 Tallarin Saltado de Vegetales $ 12.95
            Vegetable chow mein
            56 Pescado al Vapor $ 12.95
            Steamed fresh fish fillet with mensi seeds and ginger sauce
            57 Arroz Chaufa de Pollo / Carne $ 12.95
            Chicken or beef fried rice
            58 Arroz Chaufa de Mariscos $ 13.95
            Seafood fried rice
            59 Arroz Chaufa Especial $ 13.95
            Special fried rice with beef, chicken, shrimp and pork
            60 Arroz Chaufa de Camarones $ 14.95
            Fried rice with shrimp
            61 Pescado al Ajo $ 13.95
            Fresh fish fillet simmered in garlic and oyster sauce served with white steamed rice
            62 Nabo Encurtido $ 4.95
            Sweet marinated Daikon
            63 Gallina con Verduras $ 12.95
            Sauteed boneless chicken with chinese vegetables and oyster sauce with rice
            64 Chi-Jau-Kay $ 14.95
            Breaded boneless chicken breast in oyster sauce
            65 Gallina con Frejolito Chino $ 12.95
            Chicken sauteed with bean sprouts in oyster sauce

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              andytseng Aug 27, 2013 03:55 PM

              Looking more for guidance as to what would be a good representative of Chifa food. From what I can tell, the fried rice kind of looks just like regular fried rice. Is there something that is a balance of Peruvian and Chinese that makes this fusion stand out?

              Without any help, I might order the chicharrones, pescado al vapor, and the nabo encurtido.

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            Johnny L Aug 26, 2013 11:43 PM

            Hoping it's going to be interesting and good. First time I've been interested in a SGV restaurant in a while despite living here.

            1. Ciao Bob Aug 26, 2013 04:47 PM

              What about
              Jose Antonio Peruvian & Chinese Cuisine in Chatsworth?
              I can tell you the Peruvian is excellent. Did not try the Chinese.

              20951 Devonshire St
              Chatsworth, CA 91311
              (818) 717-8900
              joseantoniorestaurant.com

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                TripleAxel Aug 27, 2013 01:50 PM

                Chinese is not bad. Had the steamed fish in ginger soy sauce, but other dishes are pretty much slight variations from the Chinese American classics...

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                  SIMIHOUND Aug 27, 2013 06:04 PM

                  Bob-Thanks for a great rec for the culinarily deprived Simi Valley folks such as myself. I cant wait to share this rec.

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                    Ciao Bob Aug 30, 2013 07:23 AM

                    My pleasure. If you look back at my old posts I think I previously shared what we had when we went there prior to a CSUN performance. Within the last 6 months. The Peruvian food was excellent.

                2. TripleAxel Aug 26, 2013 02:11 PM

                  I'll give it a try. I've already had Chaufa con Camarones at Con Sabor a Peru in Mid-City, and a couple of entrees at Juan Antonio Peruvian and Chinese Restaurant in Chatsworth.

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                    Porthos Aug 26, 2013 02:13 PM

                    That's what I mean. Chaufa is pretty standard Peruvian fare these days while chifa is just peruvianized chinese fast food. Interesting to see what this actually ends up being.

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                      kevin Aug 26, 2013 02:21 PM

                      And in the old dumpling space in el monte no less ?????

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                        TripleAxel Aug 27, 2013 01:51 PM

                        Juan Antonio's does have about a dozen Chifa dishes.

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                          Dommy Aug 27, 2013 03:18 PM

                          I agree... you can get Chaufa (Fried Rice) and Tallarin Saltado (Lo Mein) at most Peruvian restaurants.

                          While I LOVE these dishes at Chinese Restaurants but I rarenly order these dishes at Peruvian restaurants because they often missing the elements of really good wok hay. I personally am excited about a Chinese Peruvian place that might make these dishes come to life with just the right touch...

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                            TripleAxel Aug 27, 2013 08:32 PM

                            Have to try it again at Con Sabor. The Peruvian chef/owner uses a wok for his chaufa...

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                              Dommy Aug 27, 2013 10:01 PM

                              Where is Con Sabor? The only ones I know of are Salvadoran...

                              --Dommy!

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                              Galen Aug 27, 2013 10:13 PM

                              Speaking of wok hay, whenever I order fried rice at Chinese restaurants I ask if they can cook the rice crispier, and every time they say they won't do it. At Puro Sabor they always accommodate my request for crispier fried rice.

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                                Dommy Aug 27, 2013 10:25 PM

                                AH! Puro Sabor... I admit, I don't think I've ordered Chaufa there... I have had time not ordering and inhaling their Jalea... a perfect dish for fried seafood month... ;)

                                --Dommy!

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                                  TripleAxel Aug 28, 2013 01:22 AM

                                  Puro Sabor is in Van Nuys. Con Sabor a Peru is on Venice Blvd. in Mid-City LA.

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                                    Dommy Aug 28, 2013 11:43 AM

                                    AH! Yes.... I know that place as well... I forget it changed the name from Pollos al Brasero #3... Nice couple that runs it. I actually REALLY like their Tallarin Verde, which is completely different from Tallarin Saltado. I might have to d a lunch run there to check out the Chaufa...

                                    --Dommy!

                        2. Servorg Aug 26, 2013 01:54 PM

                          It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Kotosh http://www.kotoshrestaurant.com/ (the Japanese-Peruvian place in Lomita) in terms of a successful mash up.

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                            bulavinaka Aug 26, 2013 04:03 PM

                            El Rocoto is Chinese Peruvian but they keep their Chinese dishes on a different part of the menu. Other than chaufa, I don't recall any mash-ups.

                          2. Porthos Aug 26, 2013 01:26 PM

                            Are we talking chifa or something else?

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                              Chandavkl Aug 26, 2013 01:46 PM

                              That's my guess.

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