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Oct 27, 2006 06:03 AM

Looking for Chinese restaurant in Torrance area, open on Thanksgiving

Preferably Shanghai style. It's been a Trafalgar family tradition for several years to eat Chinese on thanksgiving, as neither of us care for traditional TG fare, and this year we're going out of town(sort of). Any suggestions?

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  1. I'd be highly surprised if you found a closed Chinese restaurant on Thanksgiving. Most of us (first or second generation) don't celebrate it, so Chinese restaurants stay open to offer us dining options. The same for Christmas.

    - Chubbypanda

    1. for shanghai in torrance there is shanghai palace on pch. it's attached to a motel. if you have a big family, they do a fixed price banquet for $200 that's enough to feed probably 8-10 folks. authentic shanghai style food, when we had it i think it included soup, cold plate, lettuce wraps, fried rice, crab dish, pork/sea cucumber, garlic fried fish, veggies, dessert of black sesame seed balls, and maybe something else.

      and as chubbypanda said, i'd be really surprised if they gave a damn about thanksgiving - should be open. :)

      4 Replies
      1. re: csrbeach

        there's only 2 of us, but that sounds good. What's the cross-street on PCH?

        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

          it's between hawthorne and crenshaw. if you go, the menu can be kind of hit-and-miss--it's better to order off of the specials board. if you don't read chinese (like me) just see what other people are eating or ask the waitress what she recommends...

          i think the fried rice is the white and fluffy variety...

        2. re: csrbeach

          also, do they make their fried rice white and fluffy, or is it brown w/soy sauce? I prefer the former.

          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

            I've never been to that restaurant before, but they should have no problems cooking the way you want. It's a trivial substitution. Besides, the brown rice is usually day-old rice. It is easier to use for fried rice because it is no longer as sticky.

            The rice is NOT recycled from other diners. Every Chinese restaurant will continually make rice. When the new batch comes in, you either get rid of the old batch or save it for fried rice.