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Favorite Chinese near Long Beach / O.C.?

humberthumbert Jul 15, 2007 06:45 PM

I am looking for a good Chinese restaurant – my favorite is Szechuan – that serves flavorful and authentic food that will not be too "far out" for my 60-something parents. I am a great fan of Fu-Shing in Pasadena, but I want to branch out. Also, I live in Long Beach, and I would rather not drive all the way to Pasadena.

I have been disappointed with some of the other places that I have recently tried. For example, Mission 261 in San Gabriel and Seafood Paradise in Westminster were both good examples of what I am *not* looking for: low-quality seafood, buns with "pork filling," no atmosphere, a little sketchy all-around.

I would very much appreciate any recommendations from other Chowhounders?

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    Chelmoon RE: humberthumbert Jul 15, 2007 09:08 PM

    This post from yesterday might fill the bill for your Szechuwan needs.


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      peterboy RE: humberthumbert Jul 15, 2007 09:30 PM

      there are a host of authentic Chinese restaurants in Lomita on PCH. The very best of these is Szechuan a few blocks west of Western. Also, Regal Palace is supposed to be fine, but the family always likes Szechuan.
      These are high-quality Chinese restaurants with many Chinese eating there, and live tanks of seafood and dim sum on weekends.
      We were there a week ago and had one of the best meals in a long time. Greens with garlic, eggplant szechuan, xob dumplings, chix in Bbean sauce and a superb shrimp with asparagus. Every dish was terrific and every dish was sauced differently, with no thickening agents.

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        humberthumbert RE: peterboy Jul 19, 2007 01:28 PM

        Thanks very much! Sounds good!

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        Wonginator RE: humberthumbert Jul 19, 2007 04:52 PM

        Have you tried Wei's or Mandarin? Both are located in Fountain Valley, and seem to be some of the better Szechuan that I've tried in the area.

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          Lau RE: Wonginator Jul 20, 2007 05:56 AM

          where is Wei's?

          I've seen Mandarin a bunch of times, but i always assumed its just an americanized place, how is it?

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            Das Ubergeek RE: Lau Jul 20, 2007 06:24 AM

            A Sichuan place called Mandarin -- jeez. What's next, a Chaozhou place called "Beijing"?

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              I got nothin RE: Lau Jul 20, 2007 08:46 AM

              Wei's is in one of the shopping centers on the corner of Warner and Magnolia in Fountain Valley

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                Wonginator RE: Lau Jul 20, 2007 11:43 AM

                It's across the street from the Tommy's and the little miniature golf course place off the Warner exit on the 405.

                I thought the same as you about Mandarin. When we finally tried it, it was better than I was expecting. The dining area is really spacious, nicely decorated, and clean. I remember it being pretty good, with the Mongolian beef, scallops with snow peas, and French-style filet mignon being really good.

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              justagthing RE: humberthumbert Jul 19, 2007 10:23 PM

              The Cerritos/Artesia area also has quite a few Chinese places throughout.

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                elmomonster RE: justagthing Jul 20, 2007 08:59 AM

                One of the new ones is Macau Street. They have specials going on right now too. Buy one Get one on their house special crab.


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                  justagthing RE: elmomonster Jul 20, 2007 02:13 PM

                  Been there too and I like that place, several unique/different dishes. Didn't know about the specials, will have to check that out. BTW....Cerritos/Artesia has had a heavy representation of Chinese for over 20 years now. I only know this because I am Chinese and I grew up there. Some larger corporations actually do count Cerritos as part of their OC territory, rather than LA. I think the demographics are also geared more towards OC than LA. Love their dan tats, they come out nice and warm too.

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                oohenrioo RE: humberthumbert Jul 22, 2007 03:06 AM

                Seafood Cove and Capital Seafood down the street from Seafood Paradise is pretty good. Capital Seafood has a pretty good lunch special with meals from $4-6.25 and served until 5pm

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