Chinese food that is not"NY style"
I didnt know that the Chinese food in NYC is very different in quality than the stuff you get in LA. ( I was reading a post on the Manhattan board about good Chinese that is not "gloppy" - a word taken from that thread! I just moved to Pasadena a year ago from NYC. I never loved Chinese in NYC, the take out stuff tastes horrible after it leaves the restaurant and it never seemed healthy to me. Now that I am in LA, would like to try the Chinese food here, and compare it to what I had in NY. Any suggestions in the LA/San Gabriel Valley would be greatly appreciated.
The correct response when someone asks about Chinese food (or Mexican, for that matter) is to note that there are multiple regions and styles, none of which have General Tso's Chicken on the menu.
raytamsgv's blog is probably your best resource, especially in the greater Pasadena area.
As you've probably figured out by now from Messrs. Supreme and Ubergeek (and indirectly our very own Mr. Tam), the good eatin' for Chinese is in SGV.
But I feel the need to clarify something in your original post. I don't believe you've had real Chinese in NYC, but instead have been stricken with Americanized take-out glop. While SGV certainly outshines NYC in terms of good Chinese food, there are many, many places in NYC (and the outer boroughs) that serve outstanding Chinese fare.
you are right. I went to Shun Lee in NYC and I thought that was better than a lot of the other stuff I have eaten in the past. I am embarassed to say that I would order quite often from a place called La Caridad. IT was a mixture of chinese and latin/cuban food. It wasnt horrible, but I know it was not authentic chinese cuisine.
La Caridad is its own genre, Chinese/Cuban food, not fusion but rather restaurants with parallel Chinese and Cuban menu items, aimed principally at Cuban customers. There have been threads on that topic on both Manhattan and Los Angeles boards. To my knowledge the last local Chinese/Cuban restaurant was Chinacuba on Pico in the Pico-Union district, which may still be around. The most famous was Cha's around 9th and Vermont, erroneous identified by guidebooks as Chaos. Insofar as New York style Chinese food goes, there have been a number of recent threads on this board from former New Yorkers lamenting the lack of "New York style" Chinese food in Los Angeles, so you don't have to worry about running into that out here.
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For Yunnan and some sichuan - Yun Gui restaurant on Garfield
YUN CHUAN GARDEN INC.
301 N GARFIELD AVE D
For Sichuan - Jia wei aka Best Szechwan on Garfield
JIA WEI CHUNG CHAI
230 N GARFIELD AVE # 12
For Hunan (real hunan not new york) Hunan Army on Colima (aka hunan wok
Hunan Restaurant. 18406 Colima Rd., #D. Rowland Heights. 91748
For dim Sum try 888 Seafood on Valley
888 SEAFOOD RESTUARANT
8450 E VALLEY BLVD 121
For Shandong style dumplings, beef rolls, dezhou chicken - 101 noodle express on valley
101 NOODLE EXPRESS
1408 E VALLEY BLVD
For Guilin noodles from Guangxi province - try Cafe Eight on Garvey.
110 E GARVEY AVE
heck you seemed genuine so more work for me
For XLB (soup dumplings in new york - but "shanghai" style, meaning huaiyang style) I like Giang-nan on Garfield, others here like Meilong village (this is for all kinds of Huaiyang dishes)
GIANG NAN RESTAURANT
306 N GARFIELD AVE A12
MEI LONG VILLAGE REST.
301 W VALLEY BLVD #112
For hand-pulled noodles and Xinjiang Uyghur style Chicken (da-Pan Ji) go to Ma Lan noodles on Hacienda Blvd.
2020 S HACIENDA BLVD B
For DaoShao Mian - knife cut noodles (shanxi specialty) and for 'cat's ear" dumplings (like chinese spaetzle) try the old Heavy Noodling - there is something there now called Express Cafe - maybe they still have it
153 E GARVEY AVE
For an intro to Cantonese seafood - full house downtown is fine as is MPV and the aforementioned 888 (which also has quail and goose in season).
FULL HOUSE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
963 N HILL ST
MPV SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1412 S GARFIELD AVE
For Northeast (manchuria) take on northern dishes, I like Homestyle on valley
HOME STYLE RESTAURANT
301 W VALLEY BLVD # 115
SAN GABRIEL, CA
For Fujian - lots of choices in new york - here, be careful to order the Fuzhou dishes and avoid the cantonese at Foo Chow (in general, learn what belongs to what cuisine and AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE non-huaiyang places giving XLB, non-canto places doing say lemon chicken or any sweet sour dish, non beifang places doing potstickers etc.)
949 N HILL ST
This should get you going. There are many other cuisines and styles but I'm tired. check the clock. If you're in a mood check out chinese northern breakfasts at Yung Ho Tou Chiang (dou jiang) with home made soy milk, and man it's late.
Oh - most of this stuff is different than much you'll find in manhattan outside of chinatown and the east b'way area - there are some similar things in Flushing.
I've gone when in New York and i've found some Fujian places and it's taken everybit of fortitude I have to get them to give me the non-Canto menu. and I speak mandarin.