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Sep 4, 2007 07:31 PM

SGV Chinese recs

Same as my ktown post, I'm coming home to LA from NY and i've got a bunch of time to kill, so I was looking for some great recs in SGV for chinese. Looking for pretty much anything besides cantonese (love cantonese, but I've eaten too much of it lately), so taiwanese, shanghainese, sichuan, islamic whatever. My chinese is so so, but i should be able to get by. Just looking for the best places.

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  1. I would start with fellow chowhound raytamsgv's blog and his restaurant reviews:

    1. Gotta go to Chung King - Szechuan that's gotten great reviews from Jonathan Gold and others. Try the eel!

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      1. re: mojoeater

        That is an old link to the wrong Chung King. Make sure to go to the one on San Gabriel Valley Blvd.

        1. re: banjoboy

          Do you mean San Gabriel Blvd or Valley Blvd?

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Chung King is on San Gabriel Blvd. I'm not a particular fan of it, but I have to admit it is spicy as h*ll.

        2. re: mojoeater

          Link to the "real" Chung King

          Chung King Restaurant
          1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        3. Focusing on what there isn't in Manhattan, you might want to try 101 Noodle Express, 1408 E. Valley Bl. in Alhambra for their heavenly beef rolls and Shan Dong cuisine. There's a small chain of Guilin rice noodle restaurants--biggest location is Dandan Guilin Rice Noodle in San Gabriel Square (Valley and Del Mar). Also there's a Yunnan style restaurant that keeps changing its name --two branches are at 301 N. Garfield #D in Monterey Park (called Yunchuan Garden last time I looked) or 1229 S. Hacienda Bl., Hacienda Heights (called Yunnan Garden). Then there's Little Fat Sheep hot pot at 120 S. Atlantic in Monterey Park, or also next to the San Gabriel Hilton.

          Besides Szechuan and Taiwanese, there's also a void in true Hunan food in New York, while we're starting to get overrun out here. A thread from last year is a good starting point (but ignore the reference to the place in West Hollywood). Note, however that Hunan's Restaurant burned down a few weeks ago. Also several new Hunanese contenders have opened up in the last few months in San Gabriel, including Dong Ting Spring in San Gabriel Square ; Chuan Xiang Tower, across the street next to the San Gabriel Hilton; Hunan Mao Jia at Valley and New; and Fortune Bistro, 545 W. Las Tunas.

          Also I know you didn't want Cantonese recommendations, but there's really nothing in New York like the modern Hong Kong style restaurants that have opened up out here in the past 5 years like Sea Harbour, 3939 N. Rosemead Bl. in Rosemead or Elite, 700 S. Atlantic in Monterey Park. I would highly recommend your trying one from this genre.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            Great post, Chandavkl, I might add Lu Din Gee for wonderful Peking Duck and Savoy for Hainan chicken, both on Valley.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              damn there is sooo many things to pick from...

              Chandavkl - sounds like you've been to NY enough, so what do you think?

              i definately have been meaning to try Sea Harbour, but i think i've been overdosing

              also, is little fat sheep the same xiao fei yang huo guo place in hong kong? ive been there before, its pretty good

              1. re: Lau

                I think your ultimate choices depend on what you like. If you like Taiwanese, Szechwan and Hunan you should go that route since those regional styles are strong and plentiful here. I'm not a big fan of Taiwanese food, but in addition to Ray Tam's listings you might check out this thread with particular reference to Indian Restaurant, 633 S. San Gabriel Bl., where to clarify some of the oblique references, the waitresses are attired in abbreviated squaw-like outfits. A similar establishment is Jurassic Restaurant, 15301 E. Gale Ave. in City of Industry, which adopts a Neanderthal theme. (Both of these are only open in the evenings.)


                And yes, I believe Little Fat Sheep is the same operation as overseas, though there have been issues with highly authentic imposters of overseas operations setting up as the real deal. This was the case with the Hui Lai Shan dessert locations in San Gabriel and New York Chinatown, which mimicked the original from the menus to the smallest detail but turned out to be charlatans. There also may have been a fake Little Sheep up in the Bay Area.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  well i love almost all chinese food, that said there is decent sichuan food in flushing and i was in taiwan and HK last winter, so maybe i shouldnt do those

                  im leaning towards 101 Noodle Express b/c it seems a little different and there isn't much from shan dong in NY though the hunan places sound good and i've been meaning to try lu din gee forever (i love savoy btw)

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    btw does anyone know what the beef roll at 101 noodle express is called in chinese? the menu says niu rou <blank> bing

                2. re: Chandavkl

                  so i tried 101 noodle express, i was happy with that place. we didn't eat too much b/c it was 5 and we were eating again at 8, so we just got one beef roll and one shan dong chicken. Beef roll is awesome, ended up being much lighter than i expected (looks heavy as hell), its basically a very thin cong you bing (scallion pancake), but without the scallions with layers of beef, hoisin sauce and cilantro wrapped up like a burrito. I think it tasted better with hot oil and that spicy pickled cilatro at the table, but its very good...if i lived close id probably get it all the time. The shan dong chicked was good though not great, i really liked the sauce its in and the cucumbers are great, but the chicked itself was a little on the dry side (its in a tangy light soy sauce). Interesting place and id like to try some different things there at some point or another as im less familiar with alot of northern chinese food, i mean ive had it before but i didnt grow up with it, so alot of it is somewhat new to me

                  fyi, that place closes from 3-5 (i figured this out the hard way b/c i showed up at 4 and basically we walked around in the market and some taiwanese snack place across the street for an hour trying to kill time)

                  1. re: Lau

                    We were there today (Sunday) around 4 and it was open -- maybe you were there on a weekday? We liked the beef roll, the sweet and sour soup and the pumpkin dumplings, although there's only a hint of pumpkin and a bit of shrimp with largely pork filling and a thick wrapper. Hearty, but tasty.

                    1. re: Chowpatty

                      oh yeah sorry, i read the sign in front and it says on the weekdays its open from 11-3 and 5-11 and that on the weekends its open the whole day, so you're right

                3. Beijing Cuisine Garden in West Covina

                  1. I'm a big fan of China Islamic in Rosemead.