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Sep 29, 2013 01:12 PM

Emperor Noodles (San Gabriel): translation of menu item in Mandarin?

The first item under the drinks is only in Mandarin, well beyond my level of comprehension. Can anyone provide a translation?

The Shen Jian Bao (English: pan fried pork bun) at Emperor Noodles is quite good. It is a bit bao-ier than some of the others, but quite good and priced well.

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  1. Any chance you got a shot of the menu? The pic looks like some kind of tea or juice, maybe with jelly in it. What did it taste like?

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    1. re: PeterCC

      Unfortunately, I was not able to get a menu photo (perhaps next visit). I realize that's little help, but I'm hoping if someone goes in, they can translate it & report back. To me, it was herbal tea with some fruitiness. My fellow diner noted a fruitiness (longan?). I didn't notice any jelly.

      Waitress seemed impressed that I chose it :)

        1. re: PeterCC

          No, definitely not winter melon. I'm quite familiar with the brown sugar-y/caramelized flavor of it.

    2. yeah, they are kinda doughy there. i did not like their noodles at all. it seemed like they were terribly undercooked. but they had these kinda fluffy gluten balls that were interesting from a textural viewpoint.

      i don't remember the drink portion of the menu, it's been about over 3 months since i was there.

      i sometimes take pics of the menu, but not this time.

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      1. re: barryc

        Yeah, they are wonderfully browned on the bottom. Good flavor, but concur about the doughiness.

        1. re: blimpbinge

          Heh, I saw that on a Yelp pic and completely missed the tiny beverage section on the bottom of that page.

          1. re: blimpbinge

            Found an old to go menu (see pic)

            I'm thinking the menu has been updated. I have not been there recently sry.

            1. re: blimpbinge

              Yes, the item in question is pasted on to the menu, solely in Mandarin directly above the Lemon Tea entry :)

                1. re: JThur01

                  do you remember how many characters it was?

                  1. re: blimpbinge

                    Several :) (I realize that's not much help)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                That's what I thought too (see first comment) but Jim said he didn't notice any jelly.

                1. re: PeterCC

                  Guess those ice cubes look like grass jelly cubes to us old fogies-eye, eh?


                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Speak for yourself! ;-) But yes I thought some of the ice cubes were indeed jelly.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      Yeah, I know...not the greatest photo, no menu photo. I'm really making this difficult. I appreciate the efforts, especially considering how little I've given you to go by.

              2. Somewhat off topic but their xao long bao and egg rolls are very good. As is the hot pot with pork belly that two very kind Chinese ladies were kind enough to offer me a taste of.