The Monkeys and Brother Monkey headed to Rowland Heights to meet Mama Monkey for lunch and food shopping on Saturday. As we often do, we met at the 99 Ranch plaza.
We decided to try a restaurant in the mall called New Golden City Dumpling House, which we hadn't sampled before. Not bad. It had an "A" health rating, too (something [sadly] you don't see that often at authentic Chinese restaurants). We shared a green onion pancake, potstickers, steamed dumplings, zhajiang mian (wheat noodles stir-fried with ground pork and soy bean paste), and spicy beef noodle soup. I would probably go there again for the sake of convenience.
Our hosts stuck a big candle (that played "Happy Birthday") into one of the six Crumbs cupcakes we brought and placed it once in front of Mr. Monkey (whose birthday is tomorrow) and again in front of their son (whose birthday was a few weeks ago -- he lives in Denver, though, so his parents hadn't seen him recently).