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ISO Good Northern Chinese Restaurant for Picky Singaporeans in SGV

Per the title, I'm trying to find some good recommendations for Northern Chinese cuisine in SGV for a couple of picky Singaporean foodie friends for Wednesday evening. Not interested in Southern Chinese cuisines, as this power couple is native to Hong Kong and Singapore, and will not be satisfied with anything they can find easily back home.

Bonus points for places in the vicinity of the 99 Ranch in Focus Plaza, as my guests would like to take their collegiate children shopping for "real food" they can cook.

Thanks!

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  1. Hunan Mao. If they are true singaporeans..they will dig the spiciness.

    1. Shen Yang San Gabriel for the true North, including spitting bones onto the table.

      Recently voted the most legitimate Northern Chinese food in LA by Chinese ex-pats: http://toupiao.sinaapp.com/topic.php?... (small sample, but you get the idea).

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      1. re: TonyC

        Nice looking place!

        Pork ribs stewed with soy sauce looks good.

        As does this dish. What do you supposed it's called?

        http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/shen-y...

        1. re: Porthos

          beef tendon in brown sauce, "K8" in the "new" menu, which is on their facebook: https://scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/h...

          https://www.facebook.com/ShenYangRest...

          1. re: TonyC

            Thanks for the FB link. I think it might actually be the stewed chicken with mushrooms in the upper right of this menu. I'm using the noodles (mung bean? konnyaku?) as a GPS.

            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

            In any case. Looks good and worth a visit.

            1. re: Porthos

              You're right. the black shit is the mushroom. Good eye! I haven't had either at the place.

              Shen Yang is an LA gem. They have candied hawthorn berries.

              1. re: TonyC

                Never been. Must make it a point to do so.
                When I was in Sheyang all I recall eating is hot pot, and going to the Siberian Tiger Preserve and watching the tigers eat live chicken.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Same here. SY in SG has been at the top of my list, but I've not managed yet. Hopefully, that will be changing in upcoming months.

                  If only there was someone that could curate a meal there :-)

      2. if they're really gourmands of HK level discernment, i doubt any place here would really match up well that kind of palate & expectations. also, north is IMO equivocal; as in sichuan/hunan or the cuisines influenced by the mongols such as dongbei/uighur? if the latter, then maybe shen yang as tonyc suggests or maybe omar. but those regional cuisines really don't reflect a lot of finesse IMO and may seem... unrefined for want of a better way of putting it.

        if it's more hunan/sichuan they want, why not chengdu taste? they're probably as close to cutting edge as you'll find in the SGV at the moment for non-southern chinese.

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        1. re: barryc

          Doesn't matter; it just can't be something they can easily get back home in SG; they're more likely to enjoy it if they don't have such a direct basis of comparison, you know what I mean?

        2. Northern Chinese

          1. Anyone have any thoughts on Ji Rong?

            Also, thank you for the suggestions thus far; will be passing them along for consideration.

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            1. re: crocodileguy

              Yes, I do.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                ...are they positive or negative thoughts?

              2. re: crocodileguy

                Decent but not much special there.
                The "coily" bread is greasy but tasty.
                The Beijing Duck is way overrated.
                The meat pies are good but nowhere near as good a Beijing Pie House.

                 
              3. Best to find an alternative to Chinese -' bring them for Mexican, BBQ, pastrami, Mastro's or something quintessentially LA. Or even Japanese like yamakase or shunji. My power Singaporean visitor was happiest chomping on a pastrami sandwich at Brent's.

                The Singapore dining scene has gone nuts the past several years.

                You'll be fighting a losing battle against places like this
                http://shiokhochiak.blogspot.com/sear...

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                1. re: Sgee

                  This is so true--one half of the couple would be quite content doing that, but his better half insists on having *something* Chinese toward the end of each trip.

                2. Thanks for all the help! Shen Yang was a strong contender, but we ended up going to Dalian Small Stone Restaurant in Rosemead.

                  A thoroughly enjoyable meal! We had pig's ear and cucumber cold plate, beef tripe dry-fried with chili, blood sausage, a special consisting of northern mushrooms cabbage and pork, spanish mackeral dumplings, and two soups (I forget which ones at this time, sorry).

                  Delicious. So good, in fact, that we stayed so long that we only had 15 minutes to shop at 99 Ranch before they closed!

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                  1. re: crocodileguy

                    Sounds great, and new to chowhound LA I believe - with a great name!
                    Thanks

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      One I actually spotted before Chandavkl or TonyC

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8832...