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Jun 30, 2006 02:14 AM

Chung King - SGV

Went to Chung King yesterday for lunch. As I was alone, and far from home, I could only order what I could eat myself and not take leftovers.

I ordered the #50 from the menu: minced pork with red and green peppers. It was terrific. Very hot in a way that I though might hurt me about ten or so hours later (but it didn't).

This is a very small place, and there were two tables of eight that had pre-ordered a wonderfully lavish retirement luncheon for some governmental employees. OMG, did that stuff look good! I wish I could have been a part of that.

What I did notice, however, is that there is a sort of cold or steam table (not sure which) at the back of the restaurnt where a Chinese fellow came in and ordered a plate from. He had a relatively small serving and I did not see whether he went back for more before I left.

Bottom line,it's tough to eat well at a place like this when you're alone and can't take home left overs. Does anyone have info about that serving area in the back of the restaurant and how it works? And, btw, anything else that should be ordered, whether alone or not?

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  1. The "deli" section at the back is great (mmm, pig ears, fried peanuts, jade celery). You just walk over there and point to a few things, ask what it is if you need to, and they'll put a plate together for you according to the size of your party and bring it to your table. It's great for when you dine alone.

    I love the "Water Boiled" fish there (a complete misnomer---should be "chili-boiled fish") and the mapo doufu is quite respectable. I haven't been there for a few months and forgot what else is on the menu. Some of the pickled dishes are good too.

    BYOB! The beer selection is awful.

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    1. re: Mrs Fang

      Are you sure they serve beer at all. It looked to my like they only had soft drinks on the menu and their glass doored fridge did not reveal any beer.

      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Maybe they don't bother anymore. They used to serve Bud and Bud Light. But the liquor store up the street has the odd six pack of Stella or Sierra Nevada, or something mildly interesting (which is not what I expect in that neighborhood).

    2. You just specify whether you want 2 or 3 items (maybe more, I just don't know). They're great. They're all cold, cucumbers, pigs ears, duck, what my SO and I call peanuts and minnows, a spicy beef jerky. Anyway, everything we've tried has been great--it's just priced by how many different items you want.

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      1. re: mayjay

        The beef jerky thing in the case is really good. So hot it almost made me cry.

        1. re: BabyLitigator

          I love the dishes that make your tongue tingle/numb. Then when you drink water, it tingles like crazy!

          I don't see the ladies that used to work there, so it makes me suspect that it has changed hands. The food is still good as before, but the fried chicken with chilis doesn't seem quite as hot as before. Sometimes on the medium side. Either that, or since it sometimes comes later in the meal, our tongues have already been blasted by the previous dishes and have lost sensitivity to spice.

          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

            But the same probably goes for the new San Gabriel Bl. location.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Wait...Maybe I'm confused here. Are they moving from their current address at 206 South Garfield???

            1. re: Chandavkl

              The Chung King on San Gabriel is not a branch of the original Chung King, it IS the original Chung King. They moved, but the old location was taken over and continues to have the same menu and name, but it's not the same food, similar but not the same. Chung King on San Gabriel is the real deal.