Saw the sign today, Sam Woo coming to Rosemead in that new plaza next to McDonald's where the other Chengdu Taste is opening up (which I'm much more excited about). I hope this location is less like the San Gabriel location (which is quite mediocre), and more like the other two. Otherwise, I'll still be hitting up Sam's bbq in El Monte for Cantonese bbq for my work lunch.
Other openings nearby :
Chuan's took over the spot where Kaya used to be in temple City next to Old Country Cafe.
Chipotle taking over blockbusters old spot in the same plaza
Big Rice (Korean) is opening in a small spot next to togo's/Baskin Robbins
Lastly, a mini review of the newly opened Man Chan cuisine in San Gabriel:
Went the other day, and ordered a number of chicken dishes. The chicken itself, and the two sauces, are very good. The oily rice was more oily than flavorful, and they messed up on one order giving us normal steamed rice and kept telling us it was oily rice, and "came from the same place" as their oily rice, even though the color and taste were completely different. The sauces were a minced green onion, ginger & garlic, and a sweet & spicy red chili variety.
Chicken noodle was alright. Chicken good, noodles (hor fun), and soup were pretty mediocre.
Chicken curry rice was not what I expected. I had amazing chicken curry rice next to the tiong bahru market in Singapore, and was expecting something similar based on the pictures. What I got was below avg Cantonese style curry with their still-good chicken. (but no sauce!)
Overall, I'd give them a few weeks before going back. But their chicken & dipping sauces are solid.
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