It’s Chinese…and that’s about all I can tells ya…in San Gabriel.
I do so enjoy going to Liang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Well, I should say I enjoyed going. The chain’s still up and running, but the location I went to on Valley Blvd. closed . Not terribly surprised. Every time I went in there there weren’t a lot of people (which is one of the reasons why I liked it).
A place called MYC opened up in its place. So in the sprit of fairness, I decided to give the place a try.
Not that MYC was going to make it easy on me. Walking in the displays were all in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin, I couldn’t tell). I only had the vaguest idea what was being served until they put up a Take out menu, and I saw something I knew I had to try one of these days: Pork Belly Soup.
Well, the day finally arrived, and I walked in.
I’m used to a certain amount of pointing and choosing menu items in Chinese Restaurants. It comes with the territory. If you want the food folks from the mainland enjoy, then you’re going to have to roll like that. So, for me going into MYC and ordering the Pork Belly Soup and a Coke is no problem.
But telling you what it is, what region of China it comes from…I have no idea, I really could tell you. How was it? Read on.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, the Pork Belly Soup.
Also, no online menu, therefore…no link.
Now, you should be prepared for what’s coming if you’re a newbie to this style of cooking (Hot Pot?), as I was…whatever style of cooking this is. Your dish will come to you in a small silver wok, headed by some Sterno or a candle. The broth is green, probably because of all the peppers and mungbeans that are in there. At least I think they were mungbeans, they had the same texture, consistency and gentle bitterness of the mungbean soup I had at a Philippine place I tried a long time ago (and since closed). You expect almost on reflex for a soup containing Pork or beef to be brown, owning to the stock, but this one isn’t.
And that’s okay.
While the Pork Belly Soup wasn’t the greatest stuff on earth ever, it was pretty good. I would have it again. Though I think I need to do a little more research into Hot Pot Cooking.
Anyone want to leave a hint in the comments section, I’d be more than happy to receive them, and correct this post.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Yeah, language barrier. That might be an issue for some. Usually I’m good with just pointing at what I want if all else fails, but communication was hard, not impossible.
PARKING: Like with all locales at this multi-story Strip-slash-Mall-Residential Complex-slash-Hilton Hotel, it sits stop a two level underground garage, which on most days has enough parking to get you in there and get you out. It’s usually crowded, but if you go around enough, you’ll find a place. The fact that the parking is also free is another good thing. Though I will note that I usually go at Lunchtime, and I thought I saw the gate come down as I was leaving.
As I’ve said before, anyone hoping to land one of the top spots…well you could be hoping for a long time.
227 W Valley Blvd., Ste 128C
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tel: (626) 300-3979
Mon-Fri 11 am – 3 pm
Mon-Fri 5 pm – 11 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am – 11 pm