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Lucky Dragon Vs. Chung King

echoparkdirt Jul 31, 2006 10:06 PM

A few blocks away from each other. Chung King was taken over by new management, and I've detected some minor slippage (although this could be in my head). I visited Lucky Dragon a week ago and was extremely impressed with its Fried Chicken Cubes (the famous "mountain of chili peppers" volcano). Anybody care to add comments?

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    webb Aug 1, 2006 07:17 AM

    They moved to 1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd. in San Gabriel.

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      modernist Aug 1, 2006 09:35 AM

      just went to the new chung king tonight. got the tai an fish with konnyaku on their house specials. the la zi ji ding (fried chicken pieces with chilis-does anyone use the spherical 1-inch diameter sichuanese peppers anywhere?), prickly ash spareribs, the beef soup noodle, the hong you chao shou (red spicy wontons), the si ji dou (long beans with garlic) a new dish of diced beef with red and green peppers and crispy rice bits, and a prepared dish assortment with pigs ears and some other stuff. good stuff. not half as spicy as in sichuan. i havent been to lucky dragon yet so that will be my next stop. i think the problem is that all these sichuanese places are catering to a non sichuanese audience. still good dont get me wrong, but nothing close to what you'll get in sichuan. (of course every day i was there felt like i had lava in my intestines so maybe its a good thing)

      1. re: modernist
        echoparkdirt Aug 1, 2006 02:37 PM

        Is there a consensus on this board about the "new chung king" and the "old chung king"?

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          oro3030 Aug 1, 2006 08:57 PM

          Consensus in terms of what?
          Here's the Jonathan Gold review of the new location:
          http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...

          1. re: oro3030
            echoparkdirt Aug 2, 2006 12:55 AM

            thnx for the link. Where have I been? I guess I wondered if people were still high on the old chung king....

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      oro3030 Jul 31, 2006 10:55 PM

      The last meal I had (at the new location) at Chung King was great. In particular, the fried spareribs with prickly ash and the water boiled beef were superb.

      The last meal I had at Lucky Dragon was subpar.

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      1. re: oro3030
        pleasurepalate Aug 1, 2006 01:11 AM

        I have to agree that the spareribs with prickly ash was awesome. It was my favorite dish actually of everything we ordered. I also really liked the cold chicken with spicy sauce and the crisp rice crust with chicken was a great palate cleanser in between eating the spicier offerings that were on the table.

        See pics below:
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addict/sets/72157594219373426/

        Thanks,
        Abby
        www.pleasurepalate.com

        1. re: oro3030
          echoparkdirt Aug 1, 2006 05:42 AM

          What new location??? Did Chung King Move? I go to the one on Garfield.... :)

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