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Family Style Dongbei (Northeastern Chinese) Dinner in San Gabriel

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    Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours for any reason, or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer by cell phone ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out! 

    NOTE:  We will be ordering dishes with beef, lamb, pork, and some will be spicy.   I do not want to hear from any attending members that you don't eat any or all of the above mention food items and/or preparation.

    To sum it up easily, here's what foodblogger Sinosoul wrote back in December 2010 on his blog:

    "Here, every imaginable form of Korean-Chinese food is served the Chinese way, and in gigantuan servings; sweet & sour beef, zha4 jiang4 mian/ ground beef soy bean noodles (Menu # 124), gan pong shrimp (Menu # 88 as kao4 da4 xia1), you name it. 

    But ultimately this is a house of Dong1 Bei3 Tsai4 (Cai4) – Northeastern Chinese cuisine. Suan1 cai4 (pickled napa, pickled mustard greens) is in many dishes including 1 of the house specials (Menu # 117, pickled sour napa with pork in clay pot), seen below. 

    Beyond the prevalent pickled vegetables, cumin is a heavily utilized spice, and can be applied to multitude of meats if one still wishes to order “off” the 140 + item deep menu. According to Baidu Wiki, Northeast Chinese cuisine consists of 10 flavor profiles, (not nearly as many as Sichuan, but enough to send your brain scrambling for descriptives) and heavily features stewing, braising, offals, fungi, game, fresh water fish, etc.

    One of [the]signature dishes is the racks of soyed chicken seen below. The plate, nearly the size of a man’s forearm, is the proud child of all that is “Dong1 Bei3″. The racks are merely shadows of a chicken, neatly defleshed, then deep fried, then quickly braised in soy sauce, sugar & cumin. What you’re served is a platter of blackened chicken ribs weighing at least 2 pounds. It’s popularity lays in the fact that it is possibly the single most ridiculous plate of beer food to ever be served. You pickup a rib, gnaw on it for a minute, dislodge the few grams of fried chicken still heartily attached to the bones, and wafts of cumin along with lightly sugared soy sauce permeate from your oral cavity to your sinus. Spit nuggets of bones onto table. Drink beer. Repeat. 

    Even after a fistful of visits , most of [the] menu remains The Da Vinci Code. There is honey walnut shrimp, but there’s “Large Dance Stage” Fried Sweet Cake (Menu #21). Often, the game of “I spy, therefor I eat” is hurriedly played right before ordering with fantastic results. Next summer, or Spring, or next week – this is LA, definitely check that affordable $7 bowl of “Korean Cold Noodle” chock full of beef and accoutrements (seen to the left).  In the mean time, try the hearty, warming & spicy bucket of slop that is the “Vegetable Hot Spicy & Pork Blood” (Menu Item # 113). It’s guaranteed to oust your blackheads, clear nasal congestion, and endlessly mock those sad bowls of pho/ramen pretending to be your foul-weather friend."


    • We will meet in the lobby of the restaurant shortly before 6:00pm.

    • 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 $25 or more, depending on how much food we will order, plus tax and gratuity.  Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. If you order any beverage(s), you will be responsible for the cost of those.


    • Parking is in the lot of the mini-mall where the restaurant is located.  Street parking is also available.  Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions. 

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  • Sklar
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    I love to explore more of what LA has to offer, meet like-minded people, and make new friends!

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