I've eaten at a few places new for me in the last couple of weeks:
Newport Seafood - on Colima near Fullerton Rd.
We loved this. It is a nice restaurant looks-wise and we had great service. We went on a weekday for lunch but we asked if we could order off the regular menu too and yes we can. We were going to get the lobster but we were only two and theirs are 3-1/2 to 4 lbs at $18 per. So we went with the Dungeness crab at $16 oer for 2.25 lbs. We like crab better anyway. We stuck to the house special sauce although for crab probably a simple ginger green onion would be a better choice. But we loved the dark house special sauce that had those things plus more and a mild spicy glow to it. It soaked up into the body pieces and the legs were clean crab after you cracked them. So delicious and fresh sweet crab meat but messy as hell of course. They do bring a wetnap after you finish your meal and plenty of napkins and a crab cracker. Also got clams in black bean sauce from the lunch menu, good but the sauce didn't wow as much as I'd hoped. The fried tofu cubes from big menu were so light and crispy with very fresh soft tofu inside and dipping sauce. A big plate of Chinese broccoli rounded out our meal. The only bad note was the horrible bland and over thickened hot and sour soup that seems to come with the lunch specials. The lunch specials with rice had great variety and were priced from 6.50 to 7.75 as I recall, with plenty of seafood and non seafood options. Lunch for 2 was $70 because of the expense of the crab.
Ding's Garden - Gale off Nogales exit on the 60 fwy, in shopping plaza with Boiling Crab, across the street from Ranch 99 Market.
This was a great find. The highlight were the Shanghai style rice cake that was very tender with just the right amount of chewiness. I loves the little bits of stir fried meat and greens that clung to it, and it had wok-smoke flavor. We liked the dumpling with soup and pork meatball inside but like Din Tai Fung better. Also the beef roll was excellent to me. Rolled up in tender dough with sauce and lots of cilantro. They were out of sticky rice bun which is wrapped in a leaf. Almost got the braised duck which I read about previously but the lady told us we ordered plenty. I wouldn't get the pickled Szechuan vegetables, nothing wrong with it but it was just a plate of vinegared cabbage, couple slice jalapeno and a single peppercorn for $4.95 Lunch for two was $32 with leftover roll and ricecake to take for a plane snack for one of us. \
I have been to
BCD Tofu House - Yes Plaza, Fullerton Rd at Colima
My favorite Korean Tofu soup place, I like it a bit better than the ones in Diamond Bar I have tried. They give you a little fried fish, salted clam which they also sell and some pickles and stuff. I have tried the tofu soup with dumpling but I usually get the Kimchee tofu soup which also has a bit of beef. Great place to start if you've never tried it. I love the soft fresh tofu and you order to the spiciness level you like.
101 Noodle Express - Off Nogales exit south in little mall on Labin Court
This moved from Diamond Plaza food court to its own restaurant. I don't really know what is good aside from the Beef rolls which are great. The other dishes were forgettable. I guess this is a branch of one in Alhambra or San Gabriel somewhere.