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Chung King on Garfield, Montery Park

kevin Jan 30, 2007 07:43 PM

Tried this joint too.

The fried chicken with hot dried peppers was exceptional. Delicious saltiness of the fried up chicken bits matched by the supreme hotness of the peppers. Great, great stuff.

Also, the cold plate dish of pickled cabbage (not kimchi), cucumbers (a nice coolant), and shreed Chinese beef jerky with spices was pretty good too.

Definitely good eats and cheap too.

  1. echoparkdirt Feb 20, 2007 11:30 AM

    The original-owned Chung King in San Gabriel is 100% better.

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    1. re: echoparkdirt
      RoachCoach Dec 7, 2007 12:42 AM

      I do prefer SG's but I'd say you're exaggerating "100%" We need them both!

      1. re: RoachCoach
        annie Dec 7, 2007 09:43 AM

        If you read the reviews on the infinitefress blog from which the "oxymoron" reference comes - you'll notice that the bloggers really don't like MOST of the local restaurants they review - you have to be eating at Guy Savoy on the r. Troyon for them to rave. Just from that, I wouldn't be inclined to trust any of their reviews.

    2. r
      RoachCoach Feb 19, 2007 02:29 PM

      I like both Chung Kings. The Monterey Park version has, besides great Chugking Spicy fried Chicken, great mabo tofu and a great cold appetizer selection. Also the Chung King Hot Pot is good. They make it in the kitchen, (not the dip, boil-at-the-table and eat style) and it will set you on fire. Also, there is a waitress named Grace who is extremely helpful. I ordered yuxiang qiezi (Sichuan Eggplant) and it was way too oily and she offered to have it remade with less oil.
      Also the Monterey Park Chung King is BYOB!

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      1. re: RoachCoach
        EliseT Apr 4, 2007 04:13 AM

        Grace is the owner of the restaurant. She's great!

        1. re: EliseT
          hungry4more Nov 16, 2007 03:02 PM

          Grace is super sweet and very cool!
          We went last week and LOVED the beef/fish hot pot, fried chicken cubes with szechuan peppers and wilted greens with garlic.
          Amazing and the price is right. We had leftovers for two more meals and got out of there for under $30- got appetizer plate (pork, seaweed salad, etc.), rice and hot tea as well.

      2. h
        hungrygirl106 Feb 5, 2007 05:00 PM

        Very helpful. Thanks, Webb. Sadly, I'm still not drinking the Chung King Kool-Aid. Our dinner there was totally repulsive. The beef in the "braised beef casserole" was indistinguishable from raw liver in both appearance and texture. I still can't shake the terror I felt as that beef slithered down my throat. In all fairness, the other dishes were not so awful, but they weren't noteworthy enough to make this place seem worthy of all the hype. Sorry, guys.

        1. w
          webb Feb 5, 2007 04:41 PM

          See this thread concerning the confusion of the two Chung Kings:


          1. h
            hungrygirl106 Feb 5, 2007 04:35 PM

            Kevin-- From what we understood of the reviews in LA Weekly and the NY Times, we thought we went to the right location as well.... Who knows?

            1. k
              kevin Feb 5, 2007 01:41 PM

              i went to the garfield location yeah, 206 s. in monterey park.

              so was that the wrong location to go to? it seemed good to me. and i thought the monterey park one was the oringial one.

              1. h
                hungrygirl106 Feb 5, 2007 12:31 PM

                I was referring to the location at 206 S. Garfield in Monterey Park. I assumed that is what Kevin was referring to as well....

                1. h
                  hungrygirl106 Jan 31, 2007 10:45 AM

                  The fried chicken at Chung King is definitely tasty, but I found the rest of the fare there underwhelming and, actually, some of it was kind of gross. What else would you recommend ordering?

                  As a counterpoint to your post, check out this review of Chung King:

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                  1. re: hungrygirl106
                    sel Jan 31, 2007 01:44 PM

                    I think we are confusing restaurants here. The much written about Chung King was in Monterey Park but moved to San Gabriel. The Monterey Park location is home to a different business, no connection to the original even though they have retained the former/original businesses name.

                    I think kevin's post is about the newer business in the Monterey Park location and I haven't sampled their cusine so I can't comment. I'll have to give them a try soon. I have only been to the original Chung King in both their former and current location and find their faire to be excellent despite the bad reviews in the blog (is that your blog?)linked above! At the San Gabriel store all of the Water-Boiled Dishes are excellent, I really have enjoyed the Water-Boiled Fish and Water-Boiled Fish & Beef. Chicken w/Chilis is good. Spare Ribs w/Prickly Ash is nice to snack on and the cold appetizers buffet is good.There are many dishes remaining that I want to try but it's hard to get past the Water-Boiled Dishes!!!

                    1. re: hungrygirl106
                      banjoboy Feb 19, 2007 08:10 AM

                      This link/review is ridiculous. Why would I trust any review of a Sichuan restaurant that begins by saying that the term "Chinese food is an oxymoron." Ignorant and offensive.

                      1. re: banjoboy
                        hungrygirl106 Feb 19, 2007 11:08 PM

                        Oh, get over yourself, Banjoboy. It's a *food* blog; it's not like he's vilifying an entire people. Did you even read the whole review or was your post just a sanctimonious knee-jerk reaction to the opening line? Lighten up.

                        1. re: hungrygirl106
                          gracefile325 Feb 20, 2007 07:49 AM

                          Thank you for posting this comment, banjoboy. I read the review that hungrygirl linked to her post and thought it was just outrageous. If you had a bad meal at Chung King, fine. Write about why it was bad (If they had done just a tiny bit of homework, they would've realized that they should go to the one on San Gabriel Valley Blvd.) But the ignorance of that review is not even a subject of debate. And finally, as a Chinese-American woman, I agree with the fact that the review is offensive.

                          1. re: gracefile325
                            hungrygirl106 Feb 20, 2007 11:28 AM

                            He did write about why it was bad....

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