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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Sounds like lots of my fellow 'hounds are also converging on the lovely -- and tasty -- cities that line up like beautiful pearls along the 10 and 60 Freeways, this Chrismas.

Please share where you will be...and enjoy!

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  1. 888 Seafood and their special Chiu Chow banquet specialties.

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    1. re: Chandavkl


      No one told me triple 8 does some dope Chiu Chow. Dang dang and double dang.

      1. re: kevin

        Apparently only when a particular chef is in town.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Oh, shoot really, how long is the chef in town for ????

          Is it super exclusive ? Or do you have to pony up a few hundred dollars in cash to garner a seat for one of the Chiu Chow banquets ????

          Inquiring minds want to know especially since Chiu Chow is my favorite along with maybe Szechuan followed by Cantonese.

          1. re: kevin

            I've only been a guest at these dinners so I don't know the details. I know it needs to be ordered days in advance, Typically includes whole suckling pig, deep fried chiu chow shrimp and crab balls, chiu chow four vegetables, deboned chicken with sticky rice, crisp fried chow mein pancakes sprinkled with sugar and taro ball dessert.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Sergio does Chinese now too?!?

      1. re: westsidegal

        That's way out of the Westside area ????

        I'll Prolly hit up Chengdu again.

      2. I just hit up Chengdu Taste.

        In a word: beyond fucking exceptional.

        Thanks guys. Though hopefully it don't give me. Major tummy ache.

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        1. re: kevin

          What BFE dishes did you have kevin? Pictures?

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            I only had one dish, but I have to say it was beyond flavorful, numbing on the verge of almost spicy but refined, it's the day before the holidays so my language and verbiage is not quite what it should be.

            But the sensation I got was herbal notes, with a pure, almost healthy fragrancy as if drinking the purest Chinese tea that had been harvest fresh. Or maybe the sensation one gets when even making a high-class hooker achieve an actual, natural orgasm.

            Anyhow, it's great stuff.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              My bad:

              Boiled fish with the green chile peppercorns.

              Just one dish, but I should have ordered two at least.

              But then again I didn't want to get a case of Montezuma's Revenge to end all M revenges.

            2. re: kevin

              They were waiting for you at Flavor Garden.

            3. some friends want to do dim sum for lunch. probably ocean star.

              EDIT: it turns out that i dance with someone whose aunt owns empress harbor. i guess we're going there.

              1. chengdu taste,
                monja taike,
                bebe fusion.

                all chinesed out, ready for that carnitas at Amor Y Tacos.

                1. About 8 pounds of live ridgeback shrimp (boiled and served with ginger / sweet vinegar or simple kosher sea salt), some Hitachino White Ale, a magnum of 2005 Dom, and my homemade rum pineapple upside down cake --> Feast at home.

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    sounds epic. where'd you get the shrimp?

                    1. re: ns1

                      99 Ranch Market, just an hour before BarryC's Chow Meet-up...

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I would have bet on that, too.

                          Except I was also out of pork sung at home, so 99 Ranch was the one-stop solution.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            Except I was also out of pork sung at home, so 99 Ranch was the one-stop solution.

                            And convenient to pick-up a Xmas card.

                            (And gawd, ... I adore pork sung.)

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I like pork sung too but I like fish sung more! :-)

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Thx for reminding me about that place

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Bring a few slices of the run cake to our local commissary, Shunjis, next time.

                        And that's an order !!!!!!

                        1. re: J.L.

                          JL: All that shrimp sounds like a good match for Hitachino White.
                          What do you pay for a bottle of HW?
                          Small or large bottle?

                          1. re: Tripeler

                            Thanks, Tripeler.

                            Our local store carries small bottles of Hitachino White Ale for USD$7.99 each, I believe.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              Wow, that is easily twice the price in Japan.
                              A good belgian white costs less in the U.S. though the Hitachino is unique in that orange juice is added.

                        2. Not new or trendy, but they are kind to us and the food is tasty - Hong Kong Palace, in Rowland Heights for dim sum.

                          When we arrived at 11:30, the wait for a party of four was one hour. As we were a party of two, we got in in just 20 minutes and our table was covered with dishes by noon.