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Northeastern Chinese Dinner at Dalian Small Stone Restaurant in Rosemead

  • Jun 21, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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  • We will meet inside the restaurant and will order shortly before our 7:30pm reservation.
  • We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
  • Cost per person is expected to be about $20, depending on how much food we order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity.  Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill.
  • 2 Yelp Reviewers gave Dalian Small Stone Restaurant an average of 5.0 Stars out of 5.0:
  • You can view their menu here:
  • Parking in the private lot of the strip mall where they are located is available.  Street parking is available.  Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.
  • I will email all attendees my cell number the night before the lunch, so that I can be contacted if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.











Dalian is a port city in the northeastern part of China (once known as Manchuria).  Because of it's vicinity to the Korean penninsula, Korean food has become an influence in the foods found in Dalian.  However, the type of cuisine found in Dalian tends to be Dongbei cuisine, as well as being heavily seafood oriented.  Translated from a posting in (

"Dalian Small Stone Restaurant specializes in Dalian and northeastern or Manchurian dishes. Dalian specialties include: Oyster Pancakes, Homemade Blood Sausage, Xinjiang Style BBQ Meats, Stewed Lamb with Pickled Cabbage and Pumpkin Pancakes.

Northern style fare includes Stewed Pork, Stewed Chicken and Mushroom, Cumin Chicken, Twice Cooked Tripe, Fish Fragrant Pork, “Kung Pao Chicken,” Sweet and Sour Pork and Guo Bao Rou (锅包肉- guō bāo ròu) the Manchurian thinking-man’s General Tso’s Pork. They also feature homemade noodles and lots of Northeastern dumplings: fish, vegetables, pork, cabbage, pickled cabbage and pork, chive, lamb etc."

Having heard about this place and how the food found here is comparable to the food served at the likes of ShenYang and Tasty Noodle Kitchen, I thought it would be nice to give this place a try (they've only been open less than a year), and I happen to have this Friday evening free!  So come join me as we take another adventure into Northeastern China.











Suggested menu items for the dinner (subject to change):

  • Guo Bao Rou
  • Eggplant Fortunate (as pictured above) or Chinese Chives, Clam and Pork Dumplings
  • Spanish Mackerel Dumplings
  • Cuttlefish with Green Chilis
  • Walleye Pollack with Chilis
  • Kung Pao Chicken or Deep Fried Chicken Cubes with Red Chilis
  • Oyster Potato Tofu Soup
  • Seafood and Lamb with Pickled Cabbage

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  • Yumi R.

    Very interesting. Overall, preferred veggie dishes and there were some standouts.

    June 23, 2013

  • Andree

    Great food and fun company! Thank you!

    June 23, 2013

  • SuNnY

    I would go back again for lunch, because we totally missed out on the Dalian specialty, which is the dish with the cornmeal cakes as well as the Blood Sausage dish. Apparently we were told that it take about 20 minutes to properly prepare this specialty and we came dined so late that they could not make these items for us.

    June 23, 2013

  • SuNnY

    I was quite surprise that this Dalian Small Stone Restaurant has been under the radar for the one year it's been open. It's perhaps the only place that Food Critic Mr. Jonathan Gold of the LA Times has not check out yet either. Hey Mr. Gold, you need to dine here. It won't disappoint you. There are a lot of Northern Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, but Dalian Small Stone Restaurant seems to under everyone's radar and I don't know why. It's a husband-wife team that does all the cooking and their daughter who serves the customers. The food a broad range of dishes that you would think would be heavy on the cumin. Well, it wasn't. The focus was centered around veggie with meat/or seafood stir-frys with (of all things)...potatoes, eggplant, and yams. I quite liked the casseroles and the handmade noodles with gravy. You gotta love the cold dishes with the shredded potatoes and those toffee desserts with the regular yam, but most memorable is the one with the Mountain Yam.

    June 23, 2013

  • Mary

    Good times and good food!

    June 22, 2013

  • Paula

    Sklar, thanks for moving me up from the waitlist, but I have already made alternate plans. Have a good dinner though, and I look forward to your reviews.

    June 20, 2013

  • Sklar

    Wow, this filled up quickly!

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Mary


    June 19, 2013

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