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Like Hu's but better in SGV?

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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?

Thanks!

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  1. Chungking (Chong Qing), on Garfield in MPK.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      what astounding madness!
      dumpling 10053 in el monte, very close

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Please send them to Chung King, but make sure it's the one on South San Gabriel Valley Blvd. It's vastly superior to the one on Garfield.

        1. re: banjoboy

          Chung King is awesome and make sure you order a few side dishes at sneezeguard counter. Just make sure they don't get freaked out by the beef lungs, which IMO, are the best side dish they offer.

          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

            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!

            1. re: mungus

              next time mungus, just go to the counter and order the lungs. people will eat it and say 'dang that's good... what is it?'. just say 'it's beef'.