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Shenyang Homestyle Kitchen, Monterey Park

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Craving Heavy Noodling's cat ears on Tuesday night, we rolled out to Monterey Park only to find it's their night off. So we walked a few blocks to see if anything new looked interesting, and took a chance on Shenyang Homestyle Kitchen (301 E Garvey at Nicholson), a nondescript corner spot in a minimall. My husband has a sixth sense about good eats sometimes, and he said his tastebuds were buzzing.

It proved to be a pretty four-square room with dangling red stuffed lanterns and a very nice English-speaking waitress who walked us through her recommendations.

We had a juicy if slightly fatty cumin lamb dish with lots of tangy onions, Stir Green Pepper with Potato Threads (which was mainly slightly undercooked oil-drizzled "potato" which actually tasted more like radish and was really delicious), Jin Dong Meat Pie (a greasy layered meaty pancake with a slightly numbing undertone) and shrimp-packed Boiled Three Flavor Dumplings.

There are a lot of interesting sounding and very cheap items on the dumpling portion of the menu, so we'll definitely be back to try Sesame Cake, Corn Pancake, Steamed Green Onion Buns and Fried Sweet Rice Cake, though the extensive list of pork offal will probably not tempt us like the intriguing veggie, seafood and lamb options do.

This is a nice find. I hope other folks will go and report back on their favorites.

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