JTYH

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I’m REALLY behind in updating this blog – blame it on apathy, laziness, work, even the rain. But my fatass has still been dining out, adding to the long list of places I need to write about. Sure, I can prioritize some and completely disregard others (which I do to a certain extent – since I do plan on getting to all of them eventually), but this blog is first and foremost a dining journal for myself. So it would not serve its true purpose if I didn’t write about all the restaurants I’ve visited, albeit half-assed most likely.

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Back in August, I went to JTYH in Rosemead for an early dinner (5pm-ish) after leaving work early on a weekday to pick up my car from the shop in South El Monte (yeah it’s really far from me, but I really like them). “Foodies” and Yelpers are probably already familiar with the restaurant (I will have to credit SinoSoul yet again for the discovery), making the trek for their famous Shanxi dao xiao mian (knife-cut noodles). And the most popular and well-received version of these noodles, the lamb noodle soup, justified their praises. Dense, slippery, toothsome – you name it, these noodles got it.

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As for the rest of the menu, it reads like a standard conglomerate of Northern Chinese cuisines. You got your standard beef rolls and dumplings, as well as the spicy Szechuan/Yunnan dishes. I ordered the Chongqing-style fried pig intestines (loved it), the pan-fried pork baos (like greasy bastard sons of the ones you’d find at Shanghai restaurants – pretty good), and the “cat ears” to-go (fairly standard, but solid). In an ever-so-crowded (and increasing) field of Chinese restaurants in the SGV, JTYH has proven that it can stand tall above the competition.

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Chris Hei grade: B+

JTYH
9425 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 442-8999

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Ji Rong

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Ji Rong is currently my go-to choice for peking duck, over the likes of Beijing Duck House and Duck House. Like the other restaurants mentioned, Ji Rong specializes in various Northern Chinese cuisines, though it doesn’t really do any of them too well – the dishes are somewhat hit-or-miss (try to stick to the regional dishes rather than the lunch specials, etc.). When we went for lunch last month, the place was packed with locals, as usual. Because they’re usually pretty busy, you have to call in to reserve the duck. Regarding the duck, the skin is crispy and has the excess fat removed, while the rest of the duck meat is shredded and served with pancakes, tian mian jiang, scallion, cucumber – the usual. The duck meat is a bit bland, but combining all the ingredients into a duck burrito is just delicious. So go if you have a peking duck craving, or let me know if there’s a better place, because I’ve been continuously searching…

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Chris Hei grade: B

Ji Rong
8450 Valley Blvd Ste 115
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-8600

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Banh Mi Che Cali

10/2/11

Another place in the SGV I used to frequent quite often, but haven’t done so in a while. My friends and I used to go to the Banh Mi Che Cali in Alhambra all the time, where they served good Vietnamese good at great prices. I really don’t know why we haven’t been back in such a long time (maybe because we used to go so much), but Danno suggested it last Sunday because he needed to go grocery shopping in Rosemead and said that there was another location of Banh Mi Che Cali nearby.

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This location in Rosemead is a little different than the Alhambra one, where you order everything at the counter to-go and there are some tables available for you to eat there if you want (as opposed to actually dining in). Also, the selection seemed to differ a little. Consider this one a (even more) casual to-go spin-off of the Alhambra location. I usually get a vermicelli or another noodle/rice dish, but since we were ordering to-go I decided to order some banh mi. Banh mi is seriously one of the greatest value foods of all time. I got 3 footlong-sized banh mi for less than $7. That’s 2 meals right there. And the banh mi at Banh Mi Che Cali is made very well. The baguette has a nice combination of chewiness and crunchiness, and the cold cut meats and pate tasted good as well. I should just buy a dozen of them next time I’m in the SGV and eat those throughout the week.

Chris Hei grade: B

Banh Mi & Che Cali
8450 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-5600

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