Welcome to Meanwhile, In SGV a regular feature in which TC, our fearless leader in all things San Gabriel Valley, brings word of restaurant openings, closings, and other unsung, curious neighborhood goings on.
1) San Gabriel: Fuji West, a Japanese Myanmar restaurant, soft opened last Friday. Despite the hesitation triggered by the name, Fuji features a 58-item strong Burmese menu, greatly surpassing its Japanese offerings, instantly making this a worthy player in LA's Burmese scene. The fully translated Burmese food section is divided into hin curries, kauk swe noodles, hin cho soups along with three others, and packs a heavy whopping of funk in items such as Myanmar fish curry of fish sauce and turmeric and pork in pickled mango curry. Burmese food is now officially a thing in LA. 927 E Las Tunas Dr. Ste J & K
2) Industry: Smelly Pot took over La Kaffa, and is currently in soft opening mode. The exterior sign hasn't been changed (neither has the interior) save for a banner, but there's a completely new hot potting menu that is clearly a Boiling Point knock-off. One oddity on the menu besides the stinky tofu pots: Taiwanese popcorn chicken hot pot. 17987-17999 Keystone St.
3) Alhambra: Yummy Tea House has replaced Sizzling King. There are a few carryover items such as Hainan chicken and sizzling plates, but the new shack focuses on Taiwanesey snack foods and boba milk teas. The location remains rather cursed. 525 West Valley Blvd.