Restaurant: Rice Yummy
Location: 8801 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770. (626) 872-0491
Date: April 25, 2021
Cuisine: Shanghai Chinese
Rating: Solid Shanghai Cuisine
Shanghai #1 Seafood Village opened roughly 10 years ago to great fanfare and was for years a solid SGV Shanghai style place. It closed recently with the pandemic but the owners have this smaller more casual Shanghai place.
The facade isn’t too fancy. The menu has most of the Shanghai classics, although at the time we went even the limited menu wasn’t all “in stock.” They didn’t even have the classic pan seared dumplings.
Spicy cold chicken. This is generally a Sichuan style dish, and generally has more sauce, but it was tasty here.
Sweet and sour jellyfish — very crunchy, sweet tangy sauce. This was a bit polarizing. I liked it, but not everyone loves jellyfish.
Smashed cucumbers. Always a favorite.
Shrimp two ways. Left hand ones were very nice. Very delicate and paired nicely with the vinegar sauce.
Sweet and sour cabbage with pork. Excellent with lots of porky flavor.
Tea Smoked Duck.
XLB. Since they didn’t have the pan fried Shanghai dumplings we had to make due with the steamed version.
Pork Hock. Super juicy and tender. Not a lean cut.
Pork Belly with Tofu – very soft and flavorful. This was even “leaner” than the previous pork, but packed with porcine flavor. The different soft textures of the meat and tofu were wonderful together.
Ginger chicken. Very succulent.
Grandmother’s Pork with egg. All bound together in that classic Shanghai sweet soy sauce. Notice the fatty pork theme going on.
French Style Beef — very tender. I’m not even sure where in China this dish is from. Certainly down south near Vietnam. Or maybe it’s just Vietnamese Chinese.
Steamed rice (yummy). Very light steamed rice with nice vegetal and porky notes.
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