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Review of Sushi sasabune and Dumplings 10053 and a few notes

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Review of Sushi sasabune and Dumplings 10053 and a few notes

Jerome | Aug 16, 2005 07:05 PM

Went for lunch last week to both of these places.

Sushi Sasabune. What a disappointment. Sat at the bar, omakase only. Fine with me. But no discussion- it was like a factory. Everyone gets the same unimaginative things. Most of the sushi was sweet-sauced. Very few ta-ne had any texture, the hirame/halibut was the only exception. The sauces masked the flavor of the fish rather than enhanced it. When I chatted a bit with the sushi chef who was working gangbusters, I asked about whether they ever carry shira-ko. i was told. "No, we only carry the major fish, the popular fish." The rice was warm, which I know is a selling point to some, but wasn't really vinegared like much sushi rice.
Best thing I had was at the end, an uni handroll with chunks of yama-imo (root vegetable, don't know the official name in English). really cool texture contrasts - don't know if I'd want it regularly but at least it was tasty and fresh.
I'm glad they pull in a huge business. The other customers seemed to love the place. I think I wouldn't go back, even if the prices were halved. too noisy, WEAK service - it's the only sushi bar I've ever been where I've been able to sit around for five minutes with either lukewarm tea or an empty tea mug. I went there based on this boards recommendation, so perhaps I expected too much. BUt it seems to have devoted fans. I leave it to you all to enjoy

Dumplings 10053. Pretty far for the quality but very good and nice variety of choices. service was friendly and always smiling when clearly overworked. All the wheaten dishes (dumplings, noodles) are made to order acdg to the menu - noodles pulled, or dumplings rolled out and filled. They also say on the menu to order food to go early in the meal so it's ready when you're ready to go (rather than having you wait 20 minutes when you want to leave).
three cold dishes, spicy tendon, cucumbers and the sesame seaweed salad. The place is owned by taiwanese, i was told by the server (a woman from Liaoning province). It's sort of the Taiwanese take on Shandong dumplings with a little sichuan spice thrown in for the younger taiwanese who like a jolt. The tendon was tasty but definitely more peppery than I've had. The seaweed was a little too fine=cut for me. tendon and cucumbers a bigger hit.
They have boiled dumplings (shuijiao) mostly seafood, steamed dumplings (turf beasts) and a few fried dumplings including standard pork potstickers/guotie'r. We had the boiled sole dumplings (rock cod if I go back next time) and the steamed beef dumplings. Simple. Delicious. All the sauce fixin's on the table. As long as we're mixing cuisines, I'd have preferred some zhenjiang black rice vinegar to the clear one served, but that's me, and a little unfair. Took the guotier to go - the recipient said they were delicious.
On the drive back noticed a place on valley just west of New called 101 noodle. BIG sign in Chinese saying that they have a specialty, Shandong Provicne, Dezhou city PA (translated as stewed) chicken. Not a huge chicken fan but I have to try it. Acdg to
http://www2.chinadaily.com.cn/english...
Pa (stewing) - "Dezhou stewed chicken. Dezhou stewed chicken is known throughout the country; the chicken is so well cooked that the meat easily separates from the bone although the shape of the chicken is preserved."

Also, in the food mall just west of New, on Valley north side of the street where there's a new baguette/banh mi shop [Lee's Sandwiches](doing a land office business) there's a bakery [Best Bakery] which had those been stuffed cakes in a beautiful peach-shaped and peach-colored pastry, and another shop with at least ten kinds of zongzi- those chinese"tamales", steamed seasoned and meat-filled rice packages wrapped in leaves (usually glutinous rice). The same place also had 4 kinds of wonton, and maybe 10 kinds of jiaozi dumplings. I see it's Mei Lin Tou Chiang {doujiang} restaurant. In the same mall, check A&J restaurant, good for snax.

A & J RESTAURANT
1269 E VALLEY BLVD
91801
ALHAMBRA \

BEST BAKERY
1273 E VALLEY BLVD
91801
ALHAMBRA


LEE'S SANDWICHES
1289 E VALLEY BLVD
91801
ALHAMBRA (banh mi)

MEI LIN TOU CHIANG RESTAURANT
1257 E VALLEY BLVD
91801
ALHAMBRA

101 NOODLE EXPRESS
1408 E VALLEY BLVD
91801
ALHAMBRA

AND THE ORIGINAL PLACES UNDER DISCUSSION

SASABUNE
11300 NEBRASKA AVE
90025
(WEST) LOS ANGELES

DUMPLING 10053
10053 E VALLEY BLVD #E
91731
EL MONTE

Link: http://dzpj.com/english/3/1.htm

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