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Old School Chinese in San Gabriel Valley?

My favorite old school Chinese restaurants in the SGV are Paul's Kitchen in Monterey Park, Canton City in Montebello, and Spring Garden in Pasadena. Where else can I find good old school Chinese food in the SGV? Thanks in Advance!

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  1. I'm not familiar with these restaurants... could you please describe some "old school Chinese food?" Maybe share a couple dishes so we can get a sense of what you're looking for? Well it'd help me, at least... just curious. Thanks!

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    1. re: gsmoose

      They are Chinese-American style restaurants that have been around for decades serving dishes like chop suey, chow mein, egg foo young, moo shu pork, Mongolian beef...

      1. Yang Chow in Pasadena serves a mean slippery shrimp, so I've been told. There are plenty of post about Yang Chow (Pasadena) on the board.

        1. Not a lot of old school Chinese remaining in the San Gabriel Valley since there's so much demand for the real thing. I think Chinese Garden is still open on Garfield south of Via Campo in Montebello. I think Ye Loy on Las Tunas in Temple City used to fit the description, but I think there was a change of ownership and while the food is still Americanized, I don't think it's old school.

          1. Try Chop Sticks in Arcadia (next to a place called "Mako Sushi" - which is pretty good by the way).

            Chop Sticks
            600 E Live Oak Ave,
            (626) 445-1896

            1. There's Lotus Garden in Covina. They've been at that same location for years and they haven't changed much. Even walking into the place is like a time warp. Food is quite good, especially their chow mein.

              Lotus Garden
              458 W Arrow Hwy
              (On the corner of Hollenbeck & Arrow Hwy)

              1. Went to Pauls Kitchen in MP the other night and seems like they've gone downhill over the years. Food almost seems like its precooked and reheated then sauce added. Think their concentration has been on the nightly entertainment and bar business. My choice if its going to be Paul's Kitchen is the one downtown on San Pedro Street.

                Not exactly as the name describes, but "New Formosa Cafe". The owner/cook Dewey is the son of the founder of the "old" Far East Cafe in Little Tokyo. Looks like its been there for 20+ years. Also related to the Formosa Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd. in W. Hollywood.

                Closed Sunday & Monday and only open for lunch Tuesday-Friday. Saturday they're open until 7pm.

                Ask for the Far East Cafe menu-the regular menu is tailored to the Mexican crowd.
                But they have all the old style Cantonese dishes.
                NEW FORMOSA CAFE
                2415 E Cesar Ave
                Los Angeles, CA 90033
                (323) 262-2936
                Close to the SGV in ELA (Soto/Cesar Chavez) across from King Taco.

                1. I thinking Fu Shing on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.

                  1. Try Miki-Chan's in Montebello, 2529 Via Campo, (323) 722-0519. It is not a formal restaurant, but they do have limited tables. It is great for takeout. Enjoy.

                    P.S. As a reply to posting about "the demand for REAL Chinese food"....I am ABC (American born Chinese), and I still crave Cantonese. Also, many non-Chinese Americans DO NOT LIKE what you refer to as "the real thing", it is over-spiced, extremely pungent, and just too gamey.

                    If Americans want the "real thing" in terms of spicy, they go Thai (which is my favorite).