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Aug 22, 2014 02:59 PM

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

... it's now some place called something like "Chuan Yuan" (sp?)

Lots of Sichuan dishes, i.e. baked fish, stewed frogs, pickled veggies, hot pots, mapo tofu, etc.

And, yeah, they still have Peking Duck.

A page out of Ji Rong's playbook, I guess.

Chandavkl and JThur01, are you guys both on vacation? Not pay your internet bills? Lose your computer? What gives?

Cheers everyone.

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  1. Is this the joint that was on Rosemead Blvd ?????

    is Tasty Duck still around ?????


    1. Wow, more chuan cai.. Is something wrong with that area in China? Or are they the modern day toisan?

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      1. re: blimpbinge

        I had wanted to try this. But the location is not great - on a residential cum industrial stretch of Rosemead with no other shops or restaurants nearby.

        1. re: blimpbinge

          "wrong with that area in China?"
          you mean why is Sichuan province so completely niubi right now? Quoting some heli kids: "Chengdu has been pent-up inland, and we just found out America loves our food, and we're now rich, so we're here."

          By America, I'm pretty sure they meant "LA".

          Bo Bo Chicken is opening in Hacienda Hts by some wannabe Tawianese peeps. Meizhou Dongpo aims to open in Westfield Arcadia next Summer.

          The thirst is real.

          1. re: TonyC

            Is that the joint that's already in the Century City mall ????????

            1. re: TonyC

              But, how much of it is down to noticing the lines at Chengdu Taste and attempting to copy it? Even to the point of menu mimicry.

              Wasn't that the main reason for the spate of hot pot places and Boiling Point knock-offs? Granted Chengdu-style is a richer area to work from, but isn't this trend likely to turn up a few absolute gems, some disasters and a lot (most?) in the middle?

            2. re: blimpbinge

              It's not just here in LA that Sichuan is going wild. Try Lafayette, Indiana and Iowa City, Iowa too, for example.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Well Lafayette and Iowa City are next to colleges (Perdue and University of Iowa) so it does kind of make sense with international students with money (and their families) opening up shops there. My anecdotal experience is that the Chinese international students here nowadays are from Sichuan and Dongbei as opposed to Guangdong, Taiwan, and Shanghai in the past.

                  Would be fascinated if/when Sichuan jumps to, say, Omaha or Oklahoma City.

                  1. re: thewongmann

                    You hit the nail on the head. More details in my next article (which includes Lincoln, Nebraska.

                1. I managed to get around the SGV pretty thoroughly last weekend save for Arcadia and that stretch of Rosemead Blvd. Thanks for the update ipsedixit. Damn! Beijing Duck House was an interesting place to me. It had several menu items I'd seen nowhere else. So, the only real Shandong-style place is replaced by yet another Sichuan place. I love Sichuan, but it's becoming the new hot pot.

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                  1. re: JThur01

                    Yes, there goes our supply of sea worm dumplings.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      By the time I finally made it in, they had no sea intestine items. Even the wall photo had Chinese characters over it indicating they no longer had it. Or any of their other different seafood dumplings (clam, octopus, etc.) But, the place was more than worms.

                      Despite the name, Beijing Duck House had a much deeper menu of Shandong-style items than I'd seen anywhere else. Like Shandong-style sausage for one.

                      Plus, how could you not love a Shandong-style place with "Beijing" in the name that at one point had a menu item in German. Very SGV.

                      1. re: JThur01

                        JThur01: Shandong was a German concession, so I guess it isn't too much of a surprise.

                        1. re: raytamsgv

                          No, but I haven't heard of any place else in the SGV having an item translated into German. Beer & sausage in the region certainly is a giveaway :-)

                          Plus, another thought on the loss of BDH, where else can one have a complimentary appetizer of cotton seaweed?

                  2. After several owner changes the place sucked. Food was good in its early days. It's not a bad location considering many people in Arcadia/Temple City like to eat locally if its convenient and there are plenty of Chinese customers around. Just that if you run your restaurant like an idiot you'll drive away customers.