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So, I love Chinese food, but I'm a bit tired of going to the same old place over again. The food is great, but I do want to see what else is out there. I frequent the following authentic Chinese restaurants: Full House, Ocean Star, Empress Harbour, Capital Seafood, New Capital Seafood, Seafood Village, and most of the big ones mentioned on this board.

I've tried Chun Hing for Chiu Chow, Mei Long Village, J&J, Dragon Mark, Fantasy, Hop Li, but I'm looking for something new, exciting or hole in the wall...

I'm not into super spicy stuff, not that into Taiwanese food, but love Cantonese, northern, mandarin, Chui Chow cuisine, shanghai.

I was excited to find Wang Jia across from HK Supermarket, but the A/C sucks there. Anywhere else you would recommend from Arcadia to Monterey Park?

Any suggestions???

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  1. Dunno if it qualifies as either "new" or "exciting" but try NRN Noodle.

    See my prior post here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/413094

    If you end up not liking it, just head over to the trifecta of XLB (e.g. JJ, DragonMark, MLV).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      lol snail noodle soup. eeeh, i guess i should try it eventually.

      i finally sniffed my way to 101 noodle express. that's pretty quality stuff - the famed "beef roll", but also their noodles in general which seem like they might be handmade, and even their hot and sour soup (i'm such a pseudo-gweilo) might well be my favorite since oriental pearl closed down.

      1. re: rameniac

        101 is one of my favorite places for great Dumplings, Beef Rolls and Noodle Soups. At the suggestion of a waitress, I tried the Hot and Sour Soup which I found to be dissapointing. As Jerome pointed out, it's a Sichuan soup and 101 isn't a Sichuan restaurant. I still want to try their chicken dish that he mentioned.

        1. re: sel

          That's not necessarily true, and may be too glib of a generalization.

          Hot and Sour Soup has origins as both a Sichuan and Mandarin style dish.

          And there are now Taiwanese iterations that are also very good, usu. much thicker and more eggy than the traditional Sichuan version

          1. re: sel

            the hot and sour wasn't the most authentic, but pretty flavorful. i like that it wasn't super sour, but had more of a sweeter edge. i kinda wished that they'd chopped up the bits of stuff a bit more though... if anyone has a better h&s rec, i'm all ears!

      2. For Chiu Chow noodle soups, try:

        Kim Ky Noodle House
        1108 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel 626-289-8839

        They open for breakfast and lunch only.

        1. Well most all of the new places get profiled here when they open, so we're probably looking at overlooked restaurants. How about Chang's Garden in Arcadia or Green Village in San Gabriel for Shanghai style, May Mee in Arcadia in the same shopping center as Chang's Garden for Hong Kong food, or maybe NYC Seafood and Lucky City on Garvey in Monterey Park? Or maybe the Tasty Garden chain (oops--should I have posted that under "chains"?) for what might be called Hong Kong homestyle food in Alhambra, Hacienda Heights or Arcadia?