Beijing Pie House ~ Monterey Park SGV

  • July 28, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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If you missed our April or May visit here, don't miss this one. I love the eats here! This has become a place that I will happily return a few times each year!

Stumbled across the below review by J. Gold and decided I want to check this place out! a small refundable deposit required to grab a seat. This is to insure real people sign up and will attend the event as surely this event will sell out and a wait list will ensue. Also, if we have no shows, it will mess up our sharing plan.

We will dine family style in one or two tables of eight. The meat pies will be the focus and I've read on Yelp is that these pies are huge, so we should cut them in 1/2 so we can try twice as many! It worked out great both times!

If we have two tables and one whole First Timers Table: Last time we ordered the Lamb Pie, Beef Pie, 3 Mix Pie, Pork & Green Onion Pie, Homeland Meat Cake, Beef Roll, Shrimp & Pork Potstickers and 3 cold apps to start. There were no duds in this list. The pies are made to order and take 20 mins to prepare. So after we see the initial order, we can order additional items as necessary. But last time, everyone was stuffed with this order.

These meat pies are unique to me and having Cantonese roots, I can't wait more of these!

This is a cash only resto, so bring cash! It should cost less than $15 including tax and tip so bring $20 just in case. Last two times it only cost us $10pp. Free parking lot.

Click here for my pics/reviews of our April visit here

My Yelp Review

All photos taken by Darrell



Noodles with the black bean sauce. Combine and mix everything together and then serve.

Click here for Anne Fishbein's slide show.

Jonathan Gold Reviews Beijing Pie House

Today, we examine xian bing, dough disks about the size and weight of a shuffleboard puck, tawny brown, slightly domed, mottled on the surface with a pebbly pattern that resembles Chinese characters from across the room, but up close looks more like Braille.

This particular xian bing, stuffed with ground lamb and served four to a plate, is the specialty of Beijing Pie House, a cramped restaurant in the usual sort of Monterey Park minimall. The main item of décor is what appears to be a big clock on a wall behind the counter, although it seems to have been stripped of its hands. The queue stretching outside the restaurant is longer than it seems, because there is an odd preponderance of people rocking to radio jams in the parking lot, leaving only the scissors-paper-rock losers to secure their place in line, and inside the vestibule, dudes glare at the parties lingering just a little too long over their beef noodle soup. Even the most patient of the people waiting loses it just a little when an old lady ducks under his arm and puts her name ahead of his on the list. And the tables are close enough together, and the flow of customers steady enough, that nobody hesitates to reach over to swipe the jar of chile oil on your table, or to exchange their squirt bottle of white vinegar for your cruet of the good black stuff. It is understood that you will do the same when your order of dumplings comes.

You'll probably start your meal with a cold appetizer or two, perhaps a plate of sliced celery spiked with soaked peanuts that act as little star-anise bombs, or a little sliced loaf of bean curd with soy sauce and slivered scallions, or a platter of oddly tasteless cold beef tripe with toasted chiles. There are dumplings, although the soup dumplings,xiao long bao, are on the stodgy side, and the pan-fried leek-with-pork dumplings are stiff and bland. You will get an order of the thick, handmade noodles, possibly in a thin, spicy beef broth; more likely as zha jiang mian: served plain and lukewarm in a bowl, ready to be tossed with slivered cucumber, bean sprouts and a tarry, pitch-black bean sauce enhanced with specks of meat.

If you like the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, one of the signal dishes of theSan Gabriel Valley experience, you may find the beef roll at Beijing Pie House to be slightly austere. The beef itself is tender and elegantly prepared, smeared with a delicious bean sauce, resembling something plucked from a French pot au feu more than it does rough Chinese street food; but it is wrapped in a thin, delicate crepe instead of the brawny, oily pastry you'll find at the uptown rival, like a beef roll you'd enjoy late in the afternoon, served with a pot of tea. You will like the "Homeland Meat Cake," which sounds like the kind of fantasy Dick Cheney used to conjure up to cheer him through the long, lonely nights in his undisclosed location, but is actually a crisp, multilayered pancake of vast area, stuffed with thin sheets of a pink meat you don't want to think about too carefully and sliced into wedges.

But we know why we're here. And as promised, xian bing are hot when you pick them up, finger-scorchingly hot, like a potato snatched straight from the embers, and the texture, although you sense a faint crackliness, is thin, warm and pliable, like skin. The menu warns you that it's hot, and the waitress warns you that it's hot, and the woman at the next table warns you, too, but there is probably nothing that can prepare you for the act of biting into a too-hot xian bing, when a jet of pressurized soup, as volatile as the steam from Old Faithful, arcs over your shoulder and drips harmlessly down the plate glass behind you. Fancy a duel? Let's specify xian bing at dawn.

Beijing Pie House | 846 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park | (626)[masked] | Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Cash only | No alcohol | Lot parking | Takeout | Pies, noodles and pancakes $4.99-$7.99 | Recommended dishes: lamb pie, Homeland Meat Cake, Beijing-style noodles (chachiangmian)

 

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  • Carol R.

    Loved the meat pies.....the pancakes, not so much. Will definitely be back. Thanks Darrell.

    July 29, 2013

  • Teena

    We had a really great group of people at our table and the food was delicious! I had a great time chatting with everyone and trying the different pies. I will definitely go back again. Thanks Darrell for hosting this again.

    July 29, 2013

  • Wilson T.

    All the meat pies were great. Not sure about the sesames ones. Would be interesting to try the Spicy Beef Tripe and maybe the noodles next time round. And thanks for the company on the bike ride. Let's see if we get more bikers next time round. BTW, I watched last Friday's episode of The Chew this evening. Guess what ... they showed show you can make the Chinese pancakes ... using leftover Chinese takeout food!!!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • shadman

    Thanks Darrell; as always you are such an attentive host. Monona and I loved it.

    July 28, 2013

  • Darrell

    100% attendance. All deposits have been refunded to your Amazon Payments accounts.

    July 28, 2013

  • Vicki S.

    Thanks D-I loved it. I'm still full and it's been more than 7 hours!!!

    July 28, 2013

  • Lloyd

    Had a great time! I now know what a Beijing Meat Pie is? Liked it never had something like that before.. Nice people, and gosh was that cheap..

    July 28, 2013

  • Darrell

    So good as always. We added a new dish, the sesame cakes both sweet and salty... Everyone loved the sweet ones, many didn't like the salty ones as the sesame flavor was very subtle. All the meat pies are so, so good!

    July 28, 2013

  • Carol R.

    Really fun and great food! Can't wait to go back.

    July 28, 2013

  • Ramesh S.

    Great pies and pancakes. Good find. Excellent value, under $10. Thanks Darrell for organizing.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again a wonderful meal with great people

    July 28, 2013

  • Carol R.

    Would anyone care to carpool from Park LaBrea near LACMA? I plan to leave about 10 or a little before. I will either chip in for gas or do the driving :)

    July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carol, I live nearby but did not see your message til now. If you still want to carpool, let me know. I live in Ktown. :)

      July 28, 2013

    • Carol R.

      Mary, give me a call at[masked]

      July 28, 2013

  • Darrell

    Wilson, ya wanna meet at Union Station and ride to the resto? About 10 miles, 1 hour ride each way.

    June 27, 2013

    • Darrell

      Okay, 9:30am so we don't have to rush...

      July 26, 2013

    • trenton

      it sounds like a race!!!

      July 28, 2013

  • Cathleen C

    I'm not sure if I can make it tomorrow. If any of the wait listers can use my spot let me know.

    July 27, 2013

    • Lloyd

      Thanks Cathleen C. Darrel I have my +1 Confirmed ( Hope this work around is good with you.. )

      July 27, 2013

    • Darrell

      Yes, I updated the rsvp's for you two...

      July 27, 2013

  • Lloyd

    I could use Cathleen C spot for my +1.. Thanks and Happy Eating ( did some say that already? )

    July 27, 2013

  • Yichun

    Can't believe you guys going there again. I'd love to come, but I'm in Berlin right now, couldn't find great authentic Chinese food here as in L.A.. Enjoy, and appreciate your opportunity.

    July 26, 2013

    • Darrell

      I could eat here once a month every month

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Grace

    Thanks for planning this event.

    July 23, 2013

  • Sally

    Hate to cancel, this place is SO good, but i now have a conflict that morning.

    July 17, 2013

  • Darrell

    Okay... THIRD TABLE ADDED!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved it last time and do not forget frozen dumplings are available to take home for[masked]

    June 26, 2013

  • Andree

    Pie House, Whoopee!

    June 26, 2013

  • Teena

    This time I'm putting a big sign up to remind me!

    June 26, 2013

  • Paula

    Great spot; unfortunately, can't make it.

    June 25, 2013

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