Location: 7540 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770. (626) 280-8188
Date: March 30, 2023
Cuisine: Cantonese Chinese
Rating: Great Meal, Good Deal
Tanks with live seafood.
Yarom and the owner.
The owner hung out with us for a bit — she was supposed to actually eat with us, but her kid needed her at home — still, she did bring us a 2012 Unico as a “substitute!”
Tonight’s dinner centered around Longo’s off menu special hot pot.. Each of us had one of these individual pots.
Here is the mild but delicious broth.
The main dipping sauce was this spicy garlic soy.
It could be “juiced up” with garlic, chilies, green onions etc.
Geoduck. Both parts of the giant clam were served raw and could be eaten either as sashimi or dipped in the hot pot to be cooked. I tried the body both ways, but the neck seemed much better cooked. It was pretty delicious this way.
King Crab. We had an entire live king crab who was hacked up into parts. These were cooked in the hot pot for 2-3 minutes and then became extremely juicy and delicious. Could have used some garlic paste too.
Red Rock Cod. This delicious fish was also served raw and was cooked in the pot where it was moist and delicious.
Glass or rice noodles were also served on this platter.
Deep Fried Cod. The head of the cod was hacked up and deep fried. It tasted like Longo’s usual clam neck fry and was delicious.
Scallop. Whole scallops were cooked in the pot and also delicious.
Silken Tofu. This soft tofu was awesome. I must have cooked about 5-6 of these in my pot.
Carby Veggies. Some kind of yams and taro. I didn’t bother with.
Greens. Two kinds of greens, incudling an endive-like thing.
Pork Meat Balls. These were basically sui mai innards that had to be cooked for 10 minutes. They were pretty awesome.
A5 Wagyu Beef. Supposedly. But in any case, it was fatty wagyu and really delicious when briefly cooked — incredibly soft and melt in your mouth.
Velveted Beef. Thicker, but also tender and delicious when cooked. Perhaps more “beefy” flavor than the wagyu.
Cantonese Roast Duck. Juicy.
Fried Squab. Super delicious with crispy skin and very dark rich meat.
Macau Style Pork Belly. Piggy with nice crispy skin. Good stuff.
Sliced Pig Leg. Yep, Yarom couldn’t resist another marinated foot. But the full slices were pretty tasty.
Beef. Just a meh beef. Not bad, but not exciting.
New Flavor — Cherry Bakewell Tart Gelato — While watching every episode of the Great British Baking Show I was introduced to the Bakewell Tart, which I liked it enough to make a gelato — Sicilian Noto Romano Almond Custard Base is layered with house-made Honey Almond Graham Crackers and Cherry Preserves. For extra fun I made an Almond Icing and glazed the Grahams with it in the traditional pattern (first time trying it) — made by me for @sweetmilkgelato –#SweetMilkGelato #gelato #dessert #icecream #FrozenDessert #nomnom #dessertlovers #dessertporn #icecreamlovers #gelatoitaliano #foodporn #gelatolover #food #foodgasm #foodblogger #desserttime #foodphotography #gelatoartigianale #dessertlover #icecream #icecreamlovers #Sicily #Almond #Cherry #GrahamCracker #BakewellTart #tart #bakewell #jam #icing
Strawberry Margarita Sorbetto! — like a frozen cocktail — made by me for @sweetmilkgelato — Strawberries from Avignon, blended with fresh lime, Reposado Tequila and Cointreau –#SweetMilkGelato #gelato #dessert #icecream #FrozenDessert #nomnom #dessertlovers #dessertporn #icecreamlovers #gelatoitaliano #foodporn #gelatolover #food #foodgasm #foodblogger #dessertgasm #desserttime #foodphotography #gelatoartigianale #gelatomania #dessertlover #icecream #icecreamlovers #sorbetto #strawberry #Margarita #cocktail #Tequila #Cointreau
Chinese Sweet Bean Soup.
Overall, it was nice to have a bit of a “different” Longo experience and this was a super fun night. This was some of the best hot pot I’ve had. It was different than the super spicy ones, but the broth wasn’t bland like the typical pork or bone broths. Basically it really worked with the ultra fresh seafood. Lots of fun and very tasty.