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Neighborhood Asian faves: Arcadia and Temple City

Steph P | Jun 19, 200201:30 PM

Neglected to do a good post about eastside SGV while I lived there, so I'll wax nostalgic today.

Ducks Curry
Las Tunas
Temple City, CA

really great tarako, I haven't liked it anywhere else. Really rich, spicy curries, though more expensive than I like to pay for Japanese curry. Homestyle Japanese place, with kitchen decor.

Soo Kyung Korean Restaurant
9461 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA

has pretty good ngyegmyon (the spicy version), bi bim bap, great seafood casseroles (whatever it's called), go elsewhere for bulgogi. their banchan are pretty good and the scaldingly hot grain-based tea (tea is never hot enough for me elsewhere) always leaves me with a delightful sense of well-being.

Sakana Seafood
small local sushi bar with good quality, cost-effective sushi. Another appealing factor is that it's practically next door to the best Chinese bookstore in the area. There are larger stores, but this one has the most interesting fiction selection.

Arcadia, CA

Boba tea, martini style. It's not the automated, Krispy Kreme's production line, or Lollicup-efficient, but the time and effort they put into a tea pays off. I haven't tried Volcano Tea before (so there's no comparisons there), but Au79 has wonderful flavors, compred to the ubiquitous Lollicup, Ten Ren, and other snacky places in San Gabriel, Temple City, Arcadia.

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