So the chow.com has an article on the ten must eats in Beijing. Here are the 10 - let's see where we can get them here...
1. Peking Duck - now that quanjude in rosemead is history, I say , lu din gee on valley. it's the closest you'll find.
2. Zha Jiang Noodles - ok i expect a fight here. Best lamian hand pulled noodles are at Ma Lan on Hacienda blvd. They have a zhajiang noodles there (ask the owners if you can't read chinese and i don't know how the menu translates). 101 noodle does a version but WAY LIGHT on the sauce, and there are several korean-chinese places here that do it drippping with sauce - the kind you puton bibimbahp. It's good, but different, like chicago deepdish pizza vs a pizza you might find in milan. or naples.
3. Mongolian Hot Pot. Known in Chinese as scalded mutton (shuan yang rou),
well - little sheep for a duded up version. This is just the dipping simple onel, not the hot ma la sichuan style hotpot. Still deerfield garden (are they still in business) and shen yang in the SGV do it fine, one even has tong-hao (chrysnathemem crowns) which are typcial.
ok there have been TONS of threads here, one at ove r150 posts by now. I like 101 noodle express, others like the (taiwanified) dumplings 10053, others luscious dumpling, others the Noodle House on garvey. OK Check out the ones at China Islamic on garvey as well (lamb, which 101 noodle express also has).
5. An Imperial Banquet
ok the real man-han ala fangshan or tingliguan in bejing - not going to happen. However, the above mentioned lu din gee did have some "imperial snacks" including lu Da Gun(r) - donkey rollovers, a type of sticky sweet.
6. Gong Bao Chicken with Peanuts
the point the author makes is that you can get food from all over china in beijing. in the sgv as well. check out szechwan best on main st in alhambra, chungking in garvey, shu feng in rowland heights - i haven't tried lucky dragon on garvey in monterey park, but the sign is promising, zhenzong xiang chuan cai - real hunan and sichuan food.
or just go to cafe eight on garvey and try the guilin noodles for some exotica. And where can i get daoxiao noodles not that heavy noodling (and its shanxi noodles) has moved or closed or whatever?
7. "7. Something Adventurous. The Chinese are infamous for eating “everything,” and there are plenty of unusual foods on offer in their capital city. Curious visitors love the night market just off central Wangfujing, where you can buy deep-fried scorpions and other creepy-crawlies"
this is the newish snack street in beijing. starfish etc. it's suppoased to be good. Here - well any canto/hongkong seafood place can get you going with fish bladders and the ever popular sea cucumbers. But fo rthe shock factor taht the wangfujing snack street gives even to the chinese visiting the capital. Cloeseet thing in town - go to Typhoon near the santa monica airport for the fried insects. or go to gueleguetza on 8th st and enjoy the chili-lime crickets (chapulines).
8. 8. Yogurt
i already posted about Blue Cherry at 137 w main st in alhambra.. It's exactly the yogurt she's describing, made here. it's great. And even if you won't like it, authentic.
9."9. Xian Bing. A cheap and cheering street snack that consists of wheat dough wrapped around any of a variety of fillings, such as minced pork mixed with chopped fennel or a vegetable called shepherd’s purse," and jian bing.
Ok i can't find it here. Anybody? the crepe is like the ones in a beef roll at noodle house or 101 noodle express i'm guessing. for shepherds purse, 191 noodle express has that in a jiaozi called "wild vegetable" as #2 and Mixed veg on their #60 special. It's jicai in mandarin
10.10. Shaqima (fried soft sweet noodle packed like rice crispy treats, sometimes with raisins and sesame)
Fresh? I dunno. But I just bought three different types of it at the 99 ranch market at Victory and Sepulveda in Van Nuys. They come packaged and made in Taiwan - Imei brand, Flying elephant brand, and a third type whose name I don't remember.
OK any ideas on better in LA?
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