July 26, 2009

J & J Restaurant

Heylo. Lordy, it is hotttt. I've been overworking the Magic Bullet to make so many smoothees. To the hell with Jamba Juice's 4 buck plus smoothees when I can make my own.

Another post from a few months back...I think in March. I came here to meet with a friend who had heard some good things about this place, particularly that they made some good xiao long bao (soup dumplings). The place itself is pretty small, and tea is served in styrofoam cups. Other than that, my memory is quite hazy about this trip, so I will let my pictures do the talking.

I forget what this was, but damn this was delicious. Lots of little garlic pieces in here. Does anyone know what kind of vegetable this is?

Shanghai Noodles.

Xiao Long Bao. We ordered the crab and the pork. I didn't like the crab too much...it just didn't taste real to me. The pork was good however.

Some sesame ____ filled with red beans in a crispy shell for dessert. I wrongly assumed that these were going to be like those sesame balls. What the chinese name for those are I do not know, but it reminded me a lot of the korean chap ssal dduk...

In terms of service, the lady who took our order was a bit gruff, but helpful, and the food was good. I don't know or remember how much the total was, but I do remember that this place is on the cheap side at least compared to Din Tai Fung.

I thought overall, I liked J and J for cheap good food, but as it is a bit out of the way for me, I'm not sure when I will be coming here again.

CASH ONLY my chickadees

J & J Restaurant
301 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

This is in a small plaza, and the parking isn't too great. However, I found a lot of open spots on the street on Valley a block or two away. There is a Beard Papa's in this plaza as well, and we walked over there for dessert part 2 (no pics).

The weekend is over...time to plunge back into the rat race...

6 rah rah rahs:

Anonymous said...

Hey Sawyer! The greens are called kong xin cai (kong for hollow because of the hollow stems), also known by other names, primarily water spinach and water morning glory (the flower looks/is?? like a morning glory). Sometimes you'll find them at dim sum places, I think they call it ong choy. It's nutritious like spinach actually.

Funny these were the only greens my mom could ever get me to eat as a kid. She would stir fry them up with a bit of oil and lots of garlic and a pinch of salt. That was it and it was delicious! Of course she never really told me these were good for me, ha!

Kelvin said...

We cook this at home all the time making a soup and stir-fry at the same time. It's available only during the summer and is nearing the end by now. Pretty unique flavor, I'd say. That's why I like it. You can find it at ranch 99 as "ong choy".

KirkK said...

Hey Sawyer - Ong Choy is great stuff.... We didn't thin kthe XLB were that great at J&J. Funny thing, on the day we visited they had a huge tray of crab they were cleaning on the back table. Crab and Pork XLB tends to be a bit too sweet for me.

Christine said...

I love those greens! My dad buys it from 99 Ranch and we also wondered what the name for them is. I love all the greens that are available in Chinese markets. Btw, I started my own food blog. Check it out! (the posts right now are from my paestry blog but i've transferred them to the new one.) Going to write a new post soon.

imjustatree said...

thanks everyone for the input. now to go and see if they have these at my local 99. these really are delicious!

Meandering Eats said...

Mmm... that photo of the Shanghai noodles has me craving some. There's just something about doughy noodles drenched in sauce that reminds me of home in the SGV.

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