April 21, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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EVENT MUST KNOWS:
- Cost per person is anticipated to be about $20.00, depending on how much food we order, any beverages plus tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $40.00 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill. At this time, this is a CASH ONLY establishment. No credit cards are accepted for now.
- Parking is located in their private lot behind the restaurant, with the entrance off Del Mar Ave. Street parking is also an option. Just be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.
- The night before this event, I will email my cell number to all attendees so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.
Not long ago, I stumbled across the listing for Kuan's Restaurant in Montebello on Yelp during a search for Chinese food. I was surprised to learn that they serve Shanghaiese style food there, with their famous offer of Buy 1 Order of Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and Get 1 Order Free.
Since I had always been wondering why there aren't any good, authentic Chinese restaurants in the southern Monterey Park area (where I live), I was more than eager to give this place a try. The soup dumplings weren't bad. 16 (8 per order) for only $7 was an amazing value, and I could not imagine how they could make much profit selling so many orders of these.
Well, I guess they can. I recently learned on EaterLA, that the owners have opened up a second branch in San Gabriel, directly across the street from Hawaii Supermarket. I went there to try them out last weekend and was pretty impressed as to how solid the quality of their food is, especially the xiao long baos which was so full of broth that it was hard NOT to squirt all over the place! Other dishes I had were the Spicy Pork Noodles, which were tasty but not spicy; and the Wontons in Chili Oil, which were also quite tasty but not spicy. The food is good enough to make me want to go back for more, and one of the items I want to try is their Scallion Pancake, which for $4, is the size of a small Neopolitan pizza!
I will post a list of dishes we may order for our lunch by tomorrow evening. For those of you who are signed up for 101 Noodle Express with Chrissy in the late afternoon, as myself, this would be a great opportunity to compare the quality of the food between Yue Lai and 101 Noodle Express, such as the xiao long baos, steamed chicken and/or fish dumplings, scallion pancakes, etc.