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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

JThur01 Jul 12, 2014 12:28 AM

Holding Chandavkl's place for him while he's in Europe, here's a WSGV update:

In Prospect Plaza, Ox House is gone, replaced by Man Chan Cuisine - which has a location in Rowland Heights. The space at Valley & New (on the SW corner) which last housed The Grids, has a new tenant: Hot Kitchen is in soft opening. Lastly, Bambu Desserts & Drinks, a chain that seems to be rapidly expanding, has opened on Valley in San Gabriel, 432 E. Valley to be precise.

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  1. barryc RE: JThur01 Jul 12, 2014 12:45 AM

    so, another hainan chicken place to try in the WSGV? is it comparable to the savoy cafe rendition (which i finally had about two weeks ago)?

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      JThur01 RE: barryc Jul 12, 2014 12:57 AM

      I didn't check it out aside from picking up a menu. Someone else will have to try out the Hainan Chicken and report back. Barry? How about you?

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        andytseng RE: barryc Jul 13, 2014 11:33 PM

        Haven't been to this location, but I was not a big fan of the Hainan Chicken I had at the Rowland location. For reference: locally, I prefer Savoy, then #2 Green Zone, and #3 Dong Nguyen.

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          barryc RE: andytseng 1 day ago

          savoy is still #1 right now. i've had dong nguyen's version as well as the version at the now defunct yazmin. neither was even a close second.

      2. blimpbinge RE: JThur01 Jul 12, 2014 09:54 AM

        oo man chan moves to san gabriel, will be interesting to try. One of the few smaller cantonese places expanding.

        I went to bambu the other day, some of the drinks are unique. But other than those specific combinations, i didn't see them having any big advantage, other than hype and marketing, over ordering similar drinks at vietnamese restaurants. Still they are crowded whenever I drive by, and a refreshing change from the mediocre boba shops we have all over.

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          blimpbinge RE: blimpbinge Jul 12, 2014 11:31 AM

          Just tried to go to yes man chan and they're open.. But doing construction until 2pm.. So I'll try next time.

        2. Chandavkl RE: JThur01 Jul 12, 2014 12:14 PM

          Thanks for the update. I'm not even bothering with Chinese food here in Poland. So Man Chan is back in San Gabriel for a third time (Noodle Island was one location--was Sweet Island the other?) I think that ties them with Green Village for recidivism.

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            blimpbinge RE: Chandavkl Jul 12, 2014 01:04 PM

            I hope they do well, I really liked the noodle island chain.

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              barryc RE: Chandavkl 1 day ago

              on the subject of polish-chinese relations, i actually know people whose parents were a:
              - chinese diplomat stationed in warsaw who married a polish national;
              - polish diplomat stationed in beijing who married a chinese national;

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