LA's San Gabriel Valley a new mecca for Chinese cuisine

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The kitchen of Shaanxi Gourmet in the Los Angeles suburbs is attracting attention for its unique Chinese concoctions. Food bloggers Clarissa Wei and Kristie Hang have come to try one of the restaurant’s specialties.

SOUNDBITE 1 Clarissa Wei (woman), Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English, 11 Sec)

“So this is Pao Mo, which is a Chinese gnochi and it’s basically unleavened bread ripped into a million, or thousands, hundreds of little pieces… You really can’t get it anywhere else.”

Anywhere besides Northwestern China – and here, in the San Gabriel Valley, that is. This suburb of Los Angeles is now home to a majority Chinese-American population, who take their food seriously.

SOUNDBITE 2 Kristie Hang (woman), Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English, 9 Sec)

“The first thing Chinese people ask you when they meet you is, ‘Ni Che Le Ma?’ Which is: ‘Have you eaten?’ So food is just the universal language.”

Waves of Chinese immigrants – starting from Taiwan and Hong Kong, and more recently coming from Mainland China -- have brought with them different styles of cooking while turning the San Gabriel Valley into the largest ethnic Chinese enclave outside of Asia. This immigrant hot bed has taken root amongst the strip malls of the suburbs. It’s not just a Chinatown, it’s a China-sprawl.

SOUNDBITE 3 Jonathan Gold (woman), Restaurant Critic, L.A. Times (English, 19 Sec)

“It’s possible to go 10, 15 miles now without losing sight of a Chinese restaurant sign… If you’re serious about food in Los Angeles, you know you have to go to the San Gabriel Valley… you know there are flavors and sensations and methods of cooking that are just not available anywhere else.”

In the Northwestern Chinese cuisine served up at Shaanxi Gourmet, Chef Xia Yingkun ensures that food is prepared just as it is in his hometown. Every bowl of noodles is hand pulled only minutes before being served to diners.

After the meal, more than ever, food lovers are re-living their experience - online.

SOUNDBITE 4 Kristie Hang, Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English, 7 sec)

“It’s really a way to bond with other people. And with so many other people being foodies now, everyone’s Instagramming their pictures.”

The foodettes estimate there are over 600 Chinese eateries in the Valley alone – and that number is growing. Wei and Hang will have more than a mouthful to blog about for years to come.

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SHOTLIST:

ROSEMEAD, CA JUNE 9, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Medium Chef over flaming wok at Shaanxi Gourmet Restaurant

- Wide kitchen

- Pan lamb goes from bowl to wok

- Bloggers served bowl of food

- CU stirring bowl of food

- SOUNDBITE 1 Clarissa Wei, Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English 11 Sec) (Beginning of bite and jumpcut covered with food CU b-roll)

- Wei and Hang eat

- Exterior shopping mall

- Interior diners eating

- SOUNDBITE 2 Kristie Hang, Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English 9 Sec)

ARCADIA, CA JUNE 8, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Chef flips skewers on grill at 626 Night Market

ARCADIA, CA JUNE 8, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Crowd shot at 626 Night Market

- Cooks grill squid

- Customers line up at food booth

SAN GABRIEL, CA JUNE 9, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Mall shot

- Wide mall shot

- Street shot

- CU Chinese language sign

- Exterior Shaanxi Gourmet restaurant/sign

LOS ANGELES, CA JUNE 11, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- SOUNDBITE 3 Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic, L.A. Times (English 19 Sec)

ROSEMEAD, CA JUNE 9, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Stewed pork burger sign

- Diners eating

- Various Shaanxi Gourmet kitchen shots

- Various eating/laptop shots

- SOUNDBITE 4 Kristie Hang, Food Blogger, 626 Foodettes (English 7 sec)

- Wei ordering tea

- Restaurant interior wide

- Wei, Hang “cheers” with tea glasses

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