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Rosemead Blvd. double-header: Saigon Bakery/Cafe and Dumpling House

can't talk...eating | Jul 6, 200501:28 AM

Sorry for yet another DH report, and I don't purport to add anything new, but I and a fellow hound were there over the weekend and, yes, as previously reported, the fish dumplings (made w/ minced rock cod - I assume the actual Pacific Coast fish - ginger and green onion) were transcendent. We also ordered the seaweed in garlic sauce appetizer (around 3 bucks) which was similar to what you'd get at a Korean restaurant here in L.A., and enough for at least four.

Wanting to give the noodles a shot, we ordered the "stew beef" noodles. It was fine, just a bit under-spiced (bright red broth promising but I think they modified it for us white boys). The beef, cubed and sirloin-like, tasted fresh and was really flavorful. Noodles indeed spaghetti-ish. The greens tasted like spinach (expecting mustard greens or ong choi or something).

Feeling cocky, we headed over to Luscious Dumpling, located kitty-corner across from Newport Seafood/Golden Deli (SE corner Las Tunas and Mission). It was closed from 3-5 pm so we ambled across the strip mall lot to "Nanjing Restarant", which specializes in sliced boiled duck, meatballs (beef), beef shanks, and and a very self-promoting owner. They have a small menu of noodle soups which we didn't sample, and apparently do mainly take-out - anyone been?

Hoping to salvage our post-Dumpling-House high, we stumbled into "Saigon Bakery and Cafe" (possibly "Cafe and Bakery") on the SW corner of Rosemead and Valley Blvd. (sorry, couldn't find the address on Google or this site), where an illustrated menu board over the counter displayed a dizzying array of bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches). We had the grilled pork ($1.50 - no joke), which was delicious and served on the freshest French bread I think I've every tasted in L.A. The sandwich contained slices of carrot, some white root (turnip?), cilantro, sliced fresh jalapeno, and (though I requested none) mayonnaise. Also got iced coffee which was strong, sweet, and totally satisfying.

In all, a very good afternoon in the valley.

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