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Category: Monterey Park

Beijing Pie House is not about sweets but all about delicious

If the name Beijing Pie House makes you think of a bakery filled with sweet confections, think again. We're talking meat- and vegetable-filled pies, savory pancakes and so much more. I defy you to read the first paragraph of this story and not e-mail friends to make a date to go check it out:

Trying to eat a warm, doughnut-size meat pie from Beijing Pie House with any sort of decorum is a real challenge. They're probably best consumed leaning over a huge plate or the kitchen sink, because the garlicky juices spurt out in every direction the instant you bite into the crisp, potato-chip-like crust.

Read more about our Find of the Week: "The Find: Beijing Pie House in Monterey Park."

Photo: For the pork homeland meat cake, above, thin dough layers alternate with spice-suffused minced meat. Baked to a shimmery burnished gold, every bite yields a mouthful of kaleidoscopic textural contrasts. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Sampler Platter: stinky tofu, vegan desserts, congee & tensions in Mid-City West

 Lai Wan-style congee at Silver & Gold Amazing in Monterey Par

Congee, vegan desserts, surreal McDonald's commercials and gay ice cream lead today's food news roundup.
-- Rancid soy bliss at Mama's in San Gabriel. Sinosoul
-- Who profits from inflated fears about food allergies? Slate
-- Hector Vazquez earns a YouTube following with his cooking show "Hood Chef." New York Daily News
-- Ben & Jerry’s celebrates gay marriage by renaming “Chubby Hubby” ice cream “Hubby Hubby” for September. You can still get Chubby Hubby at shops and stores around the country, but in Vermont you can get special Hubby Hubby sundaes.
-- Sugar Plum Vegan bakery from Sacramento comes to L.A. Quarrygirl
-- Tensions run high at Mid City West Land Use Committee meeting meeting re: four new restaurants: Allora, Eva, Lan, Dusty's. Blackburn + Sweetzer
-- Guest list for the annual White House Ramadan dinner. Los Angeles Times
-- If McDonald's hired Salvador Dali to oversee its advertising, it might look something like this surreal TV spot. YouTube
-- Store brands usually taste as good as national brands. Consumer Reports
-- Jook a.k.a. congee a.k.a. porridge: the next best thing to a hug from a Chinese mama. Rants and Craves

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Lai Wan-style congee at Silver & Gold Amazing in Monterey Park. Credit: Nancy Pastor / For The Times.

Sampler Platter: Pez, caviar, tortas and Tijuana cuisine

Eggs stuffed with caviar. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles TimesCan you catch mad cow from fish? Where can you eat in Tijuana if you're not a drunk weekender? Can mannequins commit indecency? These questions and more answered in today's roundup of food news.

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: Deviled eggs topped with caviar. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

Sampler Platter: The Counter is now open, vegetarianism as eating disorder

Katemoss So much controversial food news to read about...

  • Is vegetarianism a teen eating disorder? Or an eating disorder for everyone else? "People who don't eat meat are not just pale, boring, vain and flaky. They are also suffering from an eating disorder." Times Online
  • LAist recommends two cheap eats in Monterey Park: Seafood Village and Lucky City.
  • Sainsbury's rebrands the pollack with a less racially offensive name, the colin. Yahoo! News
  • The Counter, known for its burger-in-a-bowl and its panoply of toppings, opens in Westlake. Eater LA
  • There's no proof that she actually eats, yet Kate Moss is developing a cookbook. Mirror

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Peter Kramer / Associated Press


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