Chinese Chicken Salad
Who has the best? I prefer it to be in the SFV, or LA areas.
Kind of a personal preference and taste type of dish. In my opinion its all about the dressing. My favorite Chinese chicken salad dressing is the Soy Vay brand at Trader Joe's.
Soy Vay products: http://soyvay.com/Chronicle.html
New Moon Restaurant(location downtown open for lunch on Main Street at 9th Street and one in Montrose)claims to have invented the Chinese Chicken Salad 45 years ago when they were located in the old Chinatown on San Pedro Street.
I thought their salad had all the right stuff and all the right crunch except the dressing seemed like it was just plain sesame oil. They probably sell more Chinese Chicken Salad at their downtown location than anything else. Located across the street from the California Mart.
See Elmer Dills review: http://www.elmerdills.com/restdetails...
I like the Chinese Chicken Salad at Feast from the East, on Westwood Blvd. between Olympic and Santa Monica Blvd. It has crisp won ton skins, sliced almonds, scallions and a ginger-sesame dressing. Others diss Feast's and prefer California Chicken Cafe just a short block or two south down the street.
Feast from the East offers two sizes, and intelligently packs to go with the dressing in its own container. You can park in the communal short-term lot a couple doors north.
I love the salad from Feast From the East, it's been an old stand-by of mine, especially for tired Friday nights when I dont feel like cooking or going out for dinner. Ive purchased their dressing and won ton skins and made the salad for potlucks, it's always been a big hit. I also, like their sesame wings, crunchy and flavorful.
This is probably way out of line for a chowhound board, but the Panda Chicken Salad from of all places - Panda Inn, the sister to Panda Express (which I abhor) - is delicious with its pineapples. Their regular chinese chicken salad isn't bad either.
Greenstreet's Dianne Salad is almost like a chinese chicken salad with its oranges, chicken, and lettuce, but the dressing gives it such a kick. It's also probably one of its more widely popular menu items.