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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.

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  1. 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.

    http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/in...

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      thank you for this..it is very informative. I am basically familiar with Cantonese style cooking and I would probably choose a restaurant with Cantonese cuisine. I will keep reading!

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        It seems like SGV is the place for the many cuisines of China. Thanks for the info! I am glad it is so close to Pasadena.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          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.

          1. re: italiana3

            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.

        2. For addresses check out
          http://www.lapublichealth.org/rating
          you can also search places by zipcode and street. Note: they don't include Long Beach, Vernon or Pasadena which all rate their own places.

          For Yunnan and some sichuan - Yun Gui restaurant on Garfield
          YUN CHUAN GARDEN INC.
          301 N GARFIELD AVE D
          MONTEREY
          For Sichuan - Jia wei aka Best Szechwan on Garfield
          JIA WEI CHUNG CHAI
          230 N GARFIELD AVE # 12
          MONTEREY
          For Hunan (real hunan not new york) Hunan Army on Colima (aka hunan wok
          )湘军府,
          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
          ROSEMEAD
          91770

          For Shandong style dumplings, beef rolls, dezhou chicken - 101 noodle express on valley
          101 NOODLE EXPRESS
          1408 E VALLEY BLVD
          ALHAMBRA
          For Guilin noodles from Guangxi province - try Cafe Eight on Garvey.
          EIGHT CAFE
          110 E GARVEY AVE
          MONTEREY PARK
          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
          MONTEREY PARK

          MEI LONG VILLAGE REST.
          301 W VALLEY BLVD #112
          SAN GABRIEL

          For hand-pulled noodles and Xinjiang Uyghur style Chicken (da-Pan Ji) go to Ma Lan noodles on Hacienda Blvd.
          MALAN RESTAURANT
          2020 S HACIENDA BLVD B
          HACIENDA HEIGHTS
          91745

          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
          EXPRESS HOUSE
          153 E GARVEY AVE
          MONTEREY PARK
          91754

          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
          LOS ANGELES
          90012

          MPV SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
          1412 S GARFIELD AVE
          ALHAMBRA

          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.)
          FOO CHOW
          949 N HILL ST
          LOS ANGELES

          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.

          g'night.

          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.

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          1. re: Jerome

            thank you for this extensive list. I will check them out!

            1. re: Jerome

              Jerome! Thanks so much for this list! This inspiration!