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Welcome to Eating Out with LA Foodie Panda, another food blog here for you to explore. Just a lover of food who enjoys sharing his experiences. I am not an expert. I just share my point of view of my overall experience as a consumer. Read on, and enjoy.

 

Back for a 2nd Dinner at Sichuan Impression 錦城里 in Westwood/West Los Angeles, December 2018

Back for a 2nd Dinner at Sichuan Impression 錦城里 in Westwood/West Los Angeles, December 2018 After an initial dinner at Sichuan Impression during their grand opening, friends wanted to go back to celebrate a December birthday with a feast. So, of course, we ordered an array of dishes for a party of 8. This time around, the dishes were, for the most part, well prepared. Spice level is not as high as those served at the Alhambra location, and I felt that it should offer a bigg

Dinner at 重庆特色小面 Chong Qing Special Noodles in San Gabriel

Dinner at 重庆特色小面 Chong Qing Special Noodles in San Gabriel One of the last places Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold reviewed before he passed this summer.   Apparently, one of Best Noodle House’s chefs left to open up his own place, and with good reason too.  The food here is really good, with healthy portions and reasonable prices.  If you’re looking for spicy and mouth-numbing dishes, then this is the place to go. Gold wrote about their Gele Mountain Fried Chicken

Sichuanese Dinner at Spicy City 重庆麻辣成 in San Gabriel, CA

Sichuanese Dinner at Spicy City 重庆麻辣成 in San Gabriel, CA Walking into Spicy City last Sunday night, we were caught off guard by the new furnishings and new tableware/settings.  The servers had to reassure us that that was all that changed with the restaurant.  They still have the same chefs and still churn out delicious Sichuanese food that we’ve grown to love over the last 4 years. Even their menus are new, although I preferred the old menus as they had photos of all the men

Yunnan & Sichuan Dishes at Yunnan Restaurant 雲南過橋園 in Monterey Park, CA

Yunnan & Sichuan Dishes at Yunnan Restaurant 雲南過橋園 in Monterey Park, CA When eating Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley of Greater Los Angeles, there are only a few Chinese restaurants that specialize Yunnan cuisine.  It’s probably not easy to offer considering it’s province of China that features over dozens and dozens of minority ethnic groups, such as the Miao, Dai and Bai peoples, and many of the dishes are made with regional ingredients we most likely don’t have in th

Return Visit for More Sichuan at Best Noodle House 重慶小面 in Rosemead, CA

Return Visit for More Sichuan at Best Noodle House 重慶小面 in Rosemead, CA Second dinner here revisiting some of the dishes that we enjoyed during the last dinner and trying a few new dishes as well.  Most of the dishes were excellent.  Aside from the dried red chiles and Sichuan peppercorns, their usage of a chile bean paste (combination of red chiles and broad beans) was what made many of their dishes stand out, particularly with their Szechuan Dumplings. The chile bean paste

Another Sichuan Feast at Hop Woo 合和 in West LA

Another Sichuan Feast at Hop Woo 合和 in West LA Came back for a hedonistic feast with a group of about 22.  This time, we wanted to sample more dishes on their Sichuan menu, as well as offering a couple of familiar Cantonese dishes to give our palates a rest from the barrage of spicy, mouth numbing food.  And in this meal we got quite a bit of that numbing quality from the Sichuan peppercorns used in the Boiled Fish with Rattan Peppers, and Rock Cod Fish. Food was excellent as

Sichuanese and Cantonese Food at Hop Woo Restaurant 合和 in West LA

Sichuanese and Cantonese Food at Hop Woo Restaurant 合和 in West LA I can remember when Hop Woo first opened on the Westside.  It was around 2000, and I was working for a solo practitioner/attorney in Bel Air at the time.  I discovered them when I was running errands in the area.  At that time, much like their sister restaurant in Chinatown, they were serving solid Hong Kong style Cantonese food, as well as offering a deli section with roast pork, BBQ pork, roast duck and soy s

SHUTTERED: Szechuan Chef 川揚軒 in San Gabriel, CA

SHUTTERED: Szechuan Chef 川揚軒 in San Gabriel I first dined here 2 1/2 years ago when it was still called Szechuan Chef in English, but it’s Chinese name was “醉成都.”  First time back after 2 years, I was surprised to see new signage out front with a new Chinese name, “川揚軒.”  Generally, when this happens to a restaurant, it can indicate that it has gone through a change in ownership. This dishes we ordered on this night were excellent.  They weren’t shy about using the Sichuan pe

Soft-Opening: Chef’s Tasting Menu at Chengdu Impression

I read about Chengdu Impression’s soft-opening on EaterLA.com.  Chengdu Impression (not to be confused with Chicago’s Chengdu Impression, which is unrelated) is a restaurant chain in China, that, like Meizhou Dongpo and Hai Di Lao, has opened its first location in the United States.  CI is known for being a more upscale Sichuan restaurant, providing an elegant and tastefully designed and decorated space for diners to enjoy elevated versions of Sichuan favorites such as Kung P

 

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