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Impromptu Chinese Dumpling Chow Meet-Up Today, Tues 12/24

nosh Dec 23, 2013 11:52 PM

BarryC and I emailed on a recent thread and decided to meet up today for an early lunch. Flavor Garden.

"i don't think i've had pan-fired dumplings there, but i stand behind my recommendation: flavor garden. their scallion pancakes are pretty good.

it's in the mall between wendy's & the 168 supermarket on the north side of valley west of new ave." -- barryc

So there it is -- Tues. 12/24, meet at 11:30, sit down at 12 noon.

If it is just us two, great. kevin, you said you were interested. Any other 'hounds are welcome. I've never been there, so I can't vouch for the place. I'm occupied until 9 tomorrow -- you can find my email on my profile. I can return emails or calls then.

  1. barryc Dec 24, 2013 12:34 AM

    it'd be nice to be able to put a face to some of the id's i see here.

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    1. re: barryc
      nosh Dec 24, 2013 12:43 AM

      Here is a recent blog post about Flavor Garden:


    2. TheOffalo Dec 24, 2013 01:17 AM

      Wonder how traffic will be at 11:30 AM on Christmas Eve. I'm working, but might I dare take a long lunch and drive all the way out from the Westside?

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      1. re: TheOffalo
        Ciao Bob Dec 24, 2013 08:10 AM

        wish I could make that trip today...but, sadly, not gonna happen

        1. re: TheOffalo
          nosh Dec 24, 2013 08:57 AM

          I'm driving from the westside. Just get a traffic report before you go. I'm guesstimating just over a half-hour but giving myself double.

          1. re: TheOffalo
            barryc Dec 24, 2013 08:58 AM

            on fridays it takes about 45 minutes from the 3rd street promenade.

          2. barryc Dec 24, 2013 08:29 AM

            BTW, as if you couldn't guess: bring cash!

            1. barryc Dec 24, 2013 10:29 AM

              got two more of my regular friday lunch crowd to join us. this ought to be fun. see you all in an hour or so.

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              1. re: barryc
                TheOffalo Dec 24, 2013 10:40 AM

                Are they Chowhounds?

                1. re: TheOffalo
                  barryc Dec 24, 2013 10:51 AM

                  not that i know of. i actually know them from dance circles, but they've joined me at various times when i get a group to go check out a new place on fridays at lunch time, usually in the SGV, but we've also hit koreatown and a few places in the south bay.

              2. Dave MP Dec 24, 2013 11:02 AM

                I think I can make it. Might not get there till closer to noon, but will be there.

                1. barryc Dec 24, 2013 01:59 PM

                  Thanks to Nosh for posting.

                  Thanks to JL who apparently stopped by and left us a Christmas card. (your contribution led to a 20+% tip)

                  Thanks to DaveMP whose initial post in another thread prompted this get-together, and nice to meet you.

                  Peter aka TheOffalo: since you didn't show up, your share is only $3.75 for the fen zheng pai gu we ordered thinking you'd eventually get there and get to try it. (j/k)

                  - tree fungus appetizer
                  - spicy sweet potato pho
                  - dan dan noodles
                  - scallion pancake
                  - pan fried pork dumplngs

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                  1. re: barryc
                    barryc Dec 24, 2013 02:04 PM

                    more pics:
                    - spare rib appetizer
                    - shrimp dumplings
                    - beef roll

                    1. re: barryc
                      Dave MP Dec 24, 2013 04:39 PM

                      I was there for this meal as well, visiting from SF! Glad I got to try these dishes.

                      My favorite on the table was the sweet potato noodle pho, which had a perfect heat level for me. Shrimp dumplings were also great - plump and full of shrimp. I really wish there were dumplings like these in SF, but as far as I know there are not.

                      I thought the beef in the pancake roll tasted a bit like pastrami. The fillings were all cold...I think I prefer a warm filling, but still pretty good.

                      I liked the spare ribs too, and this was a prep I had had in China but never before in the US. I liked the sweet potatoes below the pork which soaked up the juices.

                      A nice lunch, and this meal definitely did meet my expectations for Chinese food in SGV. Hopefully will be back up there for more soon

                      Dave MP

                    2. re: barryc
                      TheOffalo Dec 24, 2013 02:24 PM

                      Sorry. Really wanted to go but just got too bust at work. :-(

                      1. re: TheOffalo
                        kevin Dec 24, 2013 03:48 PM

                        Shit, I missed this earlier today.

                        And I actually was in the area if you can believe it where I did hit up Chengdu Taste.

                        Nosher, was it you and Barry ??????

                        Sounds like you took care of some good work.

                        And how were those shrimp dumplings ?????

                        1. re: TheOffalo
                          barryc Dec 24, 2013 05:13 PM

                          next time then. still open to the idea of dinner - i got your email.

                      2. k
                        kevin Dec 24, 2013 03:56 PM

                        Yeah, I also missed this event.

                        You can also email me at my email under my handle.

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                          nosh Dec 24, 2013 07:36 PM

                          I really enjoyed how this turned out. Turned out to be a table of 5, with barryc bringing two friends. A ton of food for $10 apiece. I enjoyed both of the dumplings (ate far more than my share) and the scallion pancake was among the best I've had. I'm sorry, I thought the card and $5 bill were from the establishment... Very good service -- place was packed with a bit of a wait when we finished at 1.

                          I am thinking of trying this again towards the end of January, perhaps on a Friday. Or we can think about doing it on the Monday of MLK BD -- isn't that Jan 20? Dim sum? Try for Chengdu Taste? Do something different like somewhere in Grand Central Market where we could roam?

                          Really had fun -- looking forward to doing it again. Suggestions about date, venue, etc. can be continued on this thread until things solidify enough to start a new one.

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                          1. re: nosh
                            chewbacca Dec 24, 2013 09:19 PM

                            Sounds like fun. I am sorry I missed it.

                            1. re: nosh
                              J.L. Dec 24, 2013 11:41 PM

                              >> I thought the card and $5 bill were from the establishment... <<


                              1. re: J.L.
                                barryc Dec 24, 2013 11:59 PM

                                thanks again. it was a pleasant surprise! though it might have been even better if you'd been there to join us.

                                1. re: J.L.
                                  kevin Dec 25, 2013 01:36 AM

                                  So where you there a few minutes before them and then made a surreptitious escape ??????

                                  1. re: kevin
                                    nosh Dec 25, 2013 08:53 AM

                                    Had to have been way more than a few minutes before. I got there about 45 minutes early and they gave me the card. I didn't open it -- gave it to barryc.

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