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SGV News: Yunkun Changes Name, Shan Dong Dumpling + 1 Tea House Becomes Another

JThur01 Aug 28, 2013 04:16 PM

Yunkun is now Yunnan Restaurant. Chandavkl, what's the rundown?: Yunnan, Hua's Garden, Yungui, Yunnan, Yunchuan, Yunkun, Yunnan? Apologies if I have that out of order. My brain hurts. This is the Garfield Ave. spot in Monterey Park.

Clarissa spotted Shan Dong Dumpling in Hilton Plaza. Yep, it's in the spot previously occupied by Sugar & Spice Cafe, though signage is still up for Sugar & Spice.

And, in other earth shattering news, Good Life Tea House, in the same Rosemead plaza as Shaanxi Gourmet has been replaced by another tea house, EZ Tea Station. Of course, LeArbre Tea House is at the back of the same plaza.

  1. blimpbinge Aug 28, 2013 04:42 PM

    good life tea house was strange. I once tried to get tea from them after eating at noodle boy.

    The door was opened and I saw an employee sleeping on the couch......

    Felt bad waking him up, but i wanted the drink..

    too bad the drink was mostly syrup.. lets see how the new place does

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      JThur01 Aug 28, 2013 04:47 PM

      To provide a bit more detail, Yunkun is now (at least as of the time I type this) known as Yunnan Restaurant. When I walked in the back door near 10PM Monday night, the staff - seated at the big table - told me they were closed, so I didn't get to check to see if there have been any menu changes. I should've asked for a to-go menu, but they were trying to eat and I was trying to figure out where to go.

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      1. re: JThur01
        barryc Aug 28, 2013 05:32 PM

        this is the one across the street from DSW, correct? i know tonyc will call me a tourist, but i like their cold table.

        1. re: barryc
          JThur01 Aug 28, 2013 08:07 PM

          Correct. Best cold tables - especially in terms of variety and number of items - go to this spot (whatever it's called) and Yunnan Garden on Las Tunas. It seemed like a cold table race for a bit, though Yunnan Garden got up to 21-23 items.

          1. re: JThur01
            barryc Aug 29, 2013 02:07 AM

            with qingdao nearby, one could do a a legit food walk and get some decent variety:

            - XLBs at DSW,
            - those fish dumplings, anything that comes with their garlic sauce, and the big honkin' buns at QBF
            - the chili wontons & the cold table at YG.

      2. Chandavkl Aug 28, 2013 07:24 PM

        Close. It was Hua's Garden first, then Yunan Garden (with one "n"). Consequently, Yunnan is a new permutation.

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        1. re: Chandavkl
          JThur01 Aug 28, 2013 08:06 PM

          Ah that's right. I nearly put Hua's Garden first. Obviously, I should have. Thanks.

        2. Chandavkl Sep 9, 2013 01:49 PM

          Apparently Shan Dong Dumpling was the Chinese name for Sugar & Spice Cafe, so perhaps it isn't a new restaurant?

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          1. re: Chandavkl
            TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:33 PM

            Did she write about it on her blog? It doesn't pull up on Yelp.

            1. re: TripleAxel
              blimpbinge Sep 9, 2013 02:43 PM


              it says "nan xiang xiao long" duno what date the pic was taken tho, haven't passed by recently.

              1. re: blimpbinge
                TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:46 PM

                OK, I've been there, and it's been written up on here already. It's Shanghai Dumpling House.


                1. re: TripleAxel
                  blimpbinge Sep 9, 2013 02:47 PM

                  shanghai dumpling house took over another spot (the old cowboy steakhouse spot)

                  1. re: blimpbinge
                    Chandavkl Sep 9, 2013 02:50 PM

                    Yeah, unit #128B vs. unit #168B

                2. re: blimpbinge
                  TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:48 PM

                  Here's the new signage

                  1. re: TripleAxel
                    blimpbinge Sep 9, 2013 02:50 PM

                    they surprisingly have the same chinese name (probably due to the area they come from?)

                    but if you look at the pics, the archs are different, and the location of the shops are different.

                    when you pull into the plaza, shanghai dumpling house is to the left, and sugar and spice is in front.

                  2. re: blimpbinge
                    Chandavkl Sep 9, 2013 02:49 PM

                    Hmm. Yelper back in March said that Shandong Dumpling was the Chinese name, so perhaps there was a change in the Chinese name somewhere along the line. So we're back to the question of whether a change in Chinese names without a corresponding new English name equates to a new restaurant. I think the answer is no, but that wasn't resolved for sure in the thread on that topic.

                    1. re: Chandavkl
                      TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:51 PM

                      If they're both in the same Hilton Plaza, then I think the restaurant moved from the Sugar Spice location to where Cowboy Steakhouse used to be?

                      1. re: TripleAxel
                        blimpbinge Sep 9, 2013 03:04 PM

                        Supposedly, shanghai dumpling house used to be in monrovia? Then moved here? I need to confirm

                        1. re: blimpbinge
                          TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 03:06 PM

                          They did.

                          1. re: blimpbinge
                            JThur01 Sep 9, 2013 03:09 PM

                            Correct. I went to the Monrovia location once. As chandavkl has written here, the Monrovia location was closed in December 2012 and they re-opened at the Hilton Plaza spot, IIRC, on January 1, 2013.

                          2. re: TonyC
                            PeterCC Sep 9, 2013 03:13 PM

                            > One is good, the other is a bit gross with a side of eff-you attitude (even with the multiple name changes since.. '09?).

                            Which is which?

                            1. re: PeterCC
                              TonyC Sep 9, 2013 03:19 PM

                              Seems you missed this thread during your East Coast trip:

                        2. re: blimpbinge
                          TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:49 PM

                          Hmmm, chinese signage is the same, but the facade is a bit different.

                          1. re: TripleAxel
                            blimpbinge Sep 9, 2013 02:53 PM

                            this makes me want to drive by later to straighten everything out arghh

                            1. re: blimpbinge
                              TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 02:54 PM

                              I was thinking the same thing myself! LOL

                              1. re: blimpbinge
                                JThur01 Sep 9, 2013 03:07 PM

                                Folks, confusing two different places has made this more difficult than it needs to be!

                                There's Shan Dong Dumpling (former Sugar & Spice) and Shanghai Dumpling House (formerly Cowboy's Steakhouse) two entirely different places, both in Hilton Plaza.

                                Sugar & Spice Cafe now has a sign in the window reading Shan Dong Dumpling (signage still reads Sugar & Spice). This is the one Clarissa tweeted about and I mentioned in the original post to this thread.

                                Shanghai Dumpling House took over the former Cowboy's Steakhouse at the start of the year.

                                Is that better? :-)

                                1. re: JThur01
                                  JThur01 Sep 29, 2013 12:59 PM

                                  Yesterday I went past and signage finally reads Shandong Dumpling, the Sugar & Spice Cafe sign is gone. Walked in, guy running place does not appear to be connected to Sugar & Spice time. And, again, Shanghai Dumpling is across the plaza on the west side. Shandong Dumpling is on the north side, to the east of Pa Pa Walk and the other stores.

                          2. re: TripleAxel
                            Chandavkl Sep 9, 2013 02:44 PM

                            No, Clarissa only Tweeted about it.

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