Like Hu's but better in SGV?
Friends who live in Pasadena have been driving to the Westside, to Hu's Szechuan for their Chinese fix.
Madness! They are intimidated by SGV, can't figure out where to go (and are not Chinese).
I have my favorites - Mei Long, New Concept, etc., most of which I learn about from Chowhound. Where should I take these newbies who think Hu's is the ne plus ultra?
Ate at Chung King. Totally clears the sinuses!
Asked for everything "mild" and I spent some time picking out the chili peppers. I should have taken a picture because even with the mild, had a plateful stacked high with chilis.
The fried chicken cubes, the "delicucus" beef and the string beans (on the menu, says kidney beans) were the standouts. It wasn't just about the heat, the dishes were really flavorful.
Really wanted some pig ear and lung from the sneeze guard but others declined and did not want it on the table. (next time)
I don't think I've seen so many frog dishes on a menu...ever.
Also, the waitstaff was so nice and patient. I've eaten at myriad Chinese restaurants, but wasn't familiar with a lot of the dishes. The waitstaff was among the nicest I've experienced in the SGV.
Great choice! Thanks Chowhounds!