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Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

All day dimsum? almost unheard of. The interior decor looks totally like PF Chang. Typical of asian fusion restaurants. Dimsum was alright to satisfy craving near the West Hollywood area. Not having to travel all the way to San Gabriel Valley was a huge plus. They have a bar area and eating dimsum at the bar does sound pretty cool. Dimsum with alcohol? (read: interesting)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Pork and Shrimp Shumai
Back: Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gow)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Juicy Pork Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)
Back: Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gow)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Radish Cake w/ Chinese Sausage
Back: Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Hainan Chicken
Back: Steamed BBQ Pork Bun

If you wanted something really authentic and legit, go SGV. Otherwise this will be enough to satisfy your dimsum craving for a couple more bucks. Definitely with much better service than anywhere in SGV. By the way, they had quite a big vase of lilies at the entrance which made the waiting area smell really good.

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Egg Custard Tart
Back: Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf

Bao Dim Sum House also recently created a new site that lets customers order online on both desktop and also a mobileapp. With a prep time of 25 mins and a section where you can addon special instructions for each order. Pretty cool interface.

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Bao Dim Sum House
8256 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6556
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

Golden Gate Bakery, San Francisco

A chinese bakery located in the hearts of Chinatown in San Francisco. They are famous for their egg tarts and probably one of the better ones I had in the States. You can hardly miss this place if you walk by Grant Ave as there’s always a long line. Trust me. As long as they are open, the traffic never ends. However, they are frequently out on vacation or they are just not open. It doesn’t help that the service is like that of a classic asian place but what do you expect in Chinatown right?

Golden Gate Bakery, San Francisco

Egg Tarts

My first encounter with their egg tarts were when my aunt bought home a dozen of them. She refused to eat them unless she just got them at the bakery. They tasted pretty good even when its cold. So I had to make a trip down to Chinatown to check them out myself. Obviously it did taste better when it was freshly baked. Definitely get a dozen for 15 bucks when you happen to be in the area. Oh one last note, as usual Chinatown = Cash Only.

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave
(between Jackson St & Pacific Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415) 781-2627
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 8 am – 8 pm

Class 302, Rowland Heights

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A popular shaved snow in the hearts of Rowland Heights. Located about 40 miles away from school, not exactly the closest place to drive to for just desserts. Anyway its a popular spot among people that live in San Gabriel and of course us, L and L. I believe its a perfect dessert for summer? but we were here in winter. Go figure. Shaved snow is kind of different from the regular shaved ice. I heard alot about chemicals added to it so that the ice could attain the desired texture? Not too sure about it. But from what I read, its basically shaving a block of flavored frozen milk rather than ice into strips or sheets thats have like a rather fluffy and porous structure?

Service is alright, average, like any asian restaurant. The tables are kinda sticky from I guess all the deserts that they serve? They have a grade “B” rating pasted on the door tho. Maybe its time for spring cleaning? The menu is written on the chalk board on the wall resembles that of a classroom and the table and seats are also supposed as well. The place is usually so packed that you could normally grab the beeper and head to ranch 99 or something and come back when the beeper goes off. The place is kinda small and tables are normally readily available on the outside but if you wanted a table inside… you know how it goes.

Class 302, Rowland Heights

Mango Shaved Snow

As there was a minimum charge of 3 bucks per pax, we had like fluff ice and also a soup (四神汤). Weird combination I know.. and finally its also cash only. On a side note, if you live near Westwood, there’s another similar eatery that serves only shaved snow, Blockheads Shavery, on Sawtelle Blvd that might satisfy the shaved snow craving without the 40 miles drive.

Class 302, Rowland Heights

Red Bean Shaved Snow

Class 302
1015 S Nogales St
Ste 125
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Tel: (626) 965-5809
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 11 am – 12 am

Categories: Asian, Chinese, Los Angeles

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

November 14, 2011 2 comments

Met up with some friends, J and P, at Cooking Papa located in the heart of Santa Clara that serves pretty authentic and delicious HK styled food. The place sure was crowded like any of the other HK restaurants in the Bay. Private Parking was really limited but street parking was easily available and the wait wasn’t that long before we got seated. Chatted a little and our friend, J, whose been there couple times ordered.

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

Roasted Peking Duck wrapped with Steam Bun

Food in general was pretty good and the environment was kinda cozy but loud like what you would have expected in most Asian Restaurants.

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

Rice Noodle Roll with Beef Fillet & Mushroom

The rice noodles roll was really good, probably one of the best I had in the bay.

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

Shredded Pork & Preserved Snow Cabbage Rice Noodles

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

Stir Fried Glutinous Rice

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara

Hong Kong Style Egg Puff

The puff were huge and it tasted kinda like donut according to P. I heard alot of people really like this tho. It’s also one of their signature desserts. J had been there several times and commented that the puff was not as good as the last couple times he came.

Anyway, I really like this place and definitely will visit them again the next time I drop by the area. However, be warned, its CASH ONLY.

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Santa Clara
2830 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 247-3748
Opening Hours:
11am-2:45pm, 5pm-9:45pm (7 days a week)
Cash Only
No reservation accepted

Cooking Papa Restaurant, Foster City
949A Edgewater Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 577-1830
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Sat-Sun: 10:30am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm

Mien Nghia Noodle Express

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

My friend, C, had take out from this place before. His friend bought it for him and there was no chili in it. He had to go back there to give it another try since his friend told him that it tasted better with chili. We drove to Rosemead for this and of cos Half & Half after. I believe it is a Vietnamese eatery but the food they served was more of like Sarawak’s Kolo Mee or the Singapore’s Mee Pok if you are familiar with that. The lady came over and asked for our orders but we werent quite ready yet. She came back again and we ordered. We had BBQ Pork with Egg Noodles which was basically Mee Pok.

Mien Nghia Noodle Express

BBQ Pork with Egg Noodles

We were trying to figure out the different noodles offered which was egg noodles, rice noodles and there was an option of egg & rice noodles which I believe was just a mix of both. We were asking if they had the thick egg noodles and the lady went “Oh Mee Pok ah?” which sounded kinda funny. It was pretty good, portions are generous and probably the closest to Mee Pok that you will ever have here in California. My friend, J, felt that it was kinda oily though but i tot it was alright (I have low tolerance of oil though). Would definitely recommend this place to Singaporeans thats missing the local fare and needs a quick fix.

Mien Nghia Noodle Express
7755 E. Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-0177
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 7:30 am – 6 pm
Fri-Sun 7:30 am – 9 pm

Categories: Asian, Chinese, Los Angeles

Putien

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Walked pass this restaurant several times in the past couple of years. The restaurant was always packed with customers and ridiculous queue numbers. Got close to trying it the other weekend but opted for Soup Restaurant which was right beside Putien. This place sure gets crowded… got there at about 6.25pm and had a good 40 mins wait. Putien has been around for a really long while and I finally got to try it with my folks. J been there once several years ago.

J suggested the Drunken Cockle which she had tried with her friends before several years ago. She doesn’t eat Cockle in Char Kway Teow at all, but she likes this dish served there. That says alot about the Drunken Cockle in Putien!

Putien
Drunken Cockle

Putian fresh cockles in a wine marinade and topped with fresh garlic and chillies. It sure tasted pretty good!

Putien
Shredded Meat with Bun

This looked like a variation of the Kong Bak Pau that we usually eat but the bread is deep fried and there were sesame seeds on the bread. Unique.

Putien
Spinach with Salted Egg & Century Egg in Supreme Stock
A pretty normal chinese restaurant fare.

Anyway some history on the origins of the restaurant Putien roots traced back to Putian, Fujian province of China. According to my dad, the owner missed his local fare, Heng Hwa Cuisine, from China and couldn’t find it in the area. He wanted to share his comfort food to the locals and thus started up the restaurant back at Kitchener Road. They expanded pretty quickly and added restaurants at Vivocity, Marina Square, Tampines Mall, Jurong Point, Parkway Parade, City Square Mall and also Nex.

Putien
Claypot Sea Cucumber with Chestnut

This felt like a normal zichar dish.

Putien
Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic

Thumbs up!

The food was indeed pretty good and affordable! Liked everything that we ordered. Special mention for the drunken cockle and the deep fried chicken with garlic. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t done so! As we left, we had a short chat with the lady at the counter who mentioned that the Braised Beancurd with Chinese Cabbage, Claypot Fish Soup, Fried “Hing Wa” Bee Hoon and Putien Lor Mee are really popular choices. Will definitely be back to check that out!

Putien
Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Jurong West Central 2 #02-34
Singapore 648886
Tel: +65 6795 2338
Opening Hours
Lunch 11.30am-3.00pm (Last Order 2.30pm)
Dinner 5.30pm-10.00pm (Last Order 9.30pm)