I’m back in the San Gabriel Valley for spring break and am eating up as much as I can. It might be a lot farther from the beach than I’d like, but the abundance of great, cheap food everywhere you go more than makes up for it. (If you haven’t seen the Fung Brothers’ ode to SGV food, watch it before continuing!)
Here are my suggestions for how to make the most out of a day of gluttony in the Asian parts of the SGV. Most of these recommendations are in the western part of the Valley, since I don’t spend much time on the eastern side (Rowland Heights, Walnut, etc.). If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments!
If I could, I’d start every day with a big Taiwanese breakfast: thin, savory crepes topped with eggs (蛋餅; danbing), balls of glutinous rice stuffed with fried crullers and shredded pork (飯糰; fantuan), and huge bowls of soy milk, taken plain, sweet, or salted. Thankfully, I don’t have to fly all the way back to Taipei to get my fix, as there are Taiwanese breakfast joints all over the SGV. My favorite is the awkwardly-named Huge Tree Pastry (大樹豆漿點心坊) in Monterey Park, where you can fuel up for less than $5 a person.
Alternately, you could try some Teochew-style noodles for breakfast. People from Chaozhou in Guangdong province migrated all over Southeast Asia, and many of their descendants ended up in the US as a result of the wars in Cambodia and Vietnam. Some good choices for Teochew noodles include Kim Ky Noodle House (金記潮州粉麵) in San Gabriel and Mien Nghia Noodle Express (綿義餐室) in Rosemead.