HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Get great advice
TELL US

Zen Mei Bistro--Mini Review

a
Augusta Sep 8, 2006 01:05 PM

Had a very enjoyable and filling dinner at Zen Mei in Chinatown last night.
There were 3 of us so we each chose a dish--mine was the house special won ton soup. For around five dollars you get a huge bowl filled with meaty wontons, squid, shrimp, pork, and vegetables. I really liked the brothy soup it was immersed in--very tasty.
The other two dishes were the Chinese broccoli and beef--again, a huge portion of beef on top of sauteed broccoli. Quite good! The third dish was the scallops with snow peas and water chestnuts. This was okay, a little too much garlic for me, and perhaps not enough scallops.
BTW, Zen is celebrating their 1 year anniversary, so if you order a minimum of $20, you get a free plate of their crispy, salty shrimp. I think this is actually one of their best dishes--very large shrimp, crispy and delicious.

I think our bill came to around $23 for the whole dinner plus we came home with lots of leftovers.
Enjoy!

  1. a
    annie Sep 12, 2006 01:20 AM

    I've always thought they had some of the best wontons in Chinatown. The ratio of shrimp to pork is reminiscent of the ones I had in Hong Kong. And their crispy fried chicken is really quite good.

    1. k
      Krispy Kringle Sep 8, 2006 08:53 PM

      Zen Mei has had that one year anniversary deal going for about four years! But I'm not complaining, cos that's some tasty unshelled shrimp.

      This is a nice little family run joint off the beaten Chinatown path, with retro diner-style booth seating and solid if unremarkable fare. They do a tasty dry fried string beans, hearty kung pao chicken with lots of peppers, generous servings of very pleasant seafood soups, and usually offer free bowls of taro-tapioca pudding for dessert. Cool little affordable place, and the neighborhood is hip to it, because they always have a full house.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Krispy Kringle
        a
        Augusta Sep 8, 2006 09:22 PM

        Really? I had no idea they were there for that long already. That's funny that they made such a big deal about their 1 year anniversary special though. Maybe it's simply an anniversary that they're celebrating? In any case, the shrimp was delicious!

      Show Hidden Posts