Location: 1380 Fullerton Rd Ste 105 Rowland Heights, CA 91748. (626) 573-8518
Date: July 31, 2022
Cuisine: Beijing Chinese
Rating: Okay, but not as good as Alhambra branch
Crawls generally need a good “closer” meal at the end where the group can mop up to a satisfying level. In this case, we chose the newish Hacienda Heights location of Beijing Tasty House.
I’ve eaten at the Alhambra branch at least half a dozen times and always enjoyed it, even if their service is a bit “unrefined” and their execution at times uneven. This one is way out east in a typical strip mall.
The interior is nice enough but much smaller and more cramped than the Alhambra branch.
The menu. Very small writing.
Hot and Sour Soup with Rice Noodles. Name was weird but this is exactly the dish I hoped it was. The “soup” is very tangy with a bit of spice and numbing. It’s warm and the noodles provide interesting texture.
Smashed Cucumbers with Garlic. Properly done.
Fire Exploded Kidneys. For the water sports enthusiast.
A-Choy with sesame sauce. A bit weird, bits of lettuce with a sesame sugar paste.
Peking Duck. Very solid spring pancakes and hoisin. Skin was good and crispy but the meat was very dry and low fat. Not bad, but probably a B+ Peking Duck, even by LA standards. I really should put this place in my Ultimate Peking Duck guide as they do serve proper Beijing Peking Duck, it’s just not the best in town by any means.
The meat with skin on top.
The usual condiments.
Real spring pancakes (certainly NOT tortillas).
The contents of the “bing” or “burrito.”
Duck Bones with Cumin. Not a bad version of this dish, quite spicy too.
Beef (and pork belly) Dry Pot. Quite tasty with very tender beef. Extremely spicy.
Lamb Ribs and cumin. Also similar, but the ribs were awesome and tender.
Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato — strawberry cream-cheese base with strawberry ripple and house-made graham cracker crumble — made by me for @sweetmilkgelato — #SweetMilkGelato #gelato #dessert #icecream #FrozenDessert #nomnom #dessertlovers #dessertporn #icecreamlovers #gelatoitaliano #foodporn #gelatolover #food #foodgasm #foodblogger #dessertgasm #desserttime #foodphotography #gelatoartigianale #gelatomania #dessertlover #icecream #icecreamlovers #cheesecake #strawberry #GrahamCracker #ripple #creamcheese
Overall, food is very similar to the Alhambra outlet, but it’s further, smaller, and has no liquor license (although they let us use tea cups with the bottles hidden). So no reason to go this far, just visit the closer one for a better experience.