In the same strip mall as Mian is Jin Jiang, or what everyone actually calls it, J&J. They’ve been in the same spot for 27 years, and it’s the kind of place where you’ll walk in to see your server cracking crabs at a table in the corner. In other words, it’s glorious. The dumplings and noodles are the things to eat here, especially the thick, soy-sauce covered (but still light) Shanghai Style Noodles.
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Medan Kitchen is a great, affordable Indonesian spot in Rosemead. Get something that comes wrapped in a banana leaf.
Saigon’s Sandwich & Bakery
Saigon Sandwich in San Gabriel makes the best banh mi we’ve had in Los Angeles.
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Mao’s is as close to a reliable, neighborhood Chinese spot as we have on the Westside.
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Lao Xi Noodle House
Lao Xi Noodle House is a low-key Chinese spot in Arcadia that serves some of our favorite noodles in SGV.
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