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Dec 18, 2007 07:18 PM

Old-Style Chinese Food (N.Y. Egg Rolls?) Found in La Habra w-pics

Golden Star Chinese Restaurant, 150 W. Whittier Blvd. (near Euclid) is a terrific old-style place that took me back to the 60's with its menu dominated by dishes such as egg foo young, chow mein, chop suey, etc. Working in the neighborhood, I've had the chance to enjoy their four different lunch specials (priced at only $4.45-$4.95!). I especially like the pork chow mein/egg foo young/fried rice/tea & cookies combo with delicious and generous portions----the chow mein loaded with about equal parts bean sprouts and thin noodles, water chestnuts, mushrooms onions, etc. Egg rolls and soup cost extra but I highly recommend the egg rolls ($3.95 for 2, but a single serving can be ordered for 1/2 price) because they are tasty, huge (cut into 3 sections) and have a thick crust. Could this be New York-style egg rolls? The restaurant looks like an old house and sits by itself with ample parking. The friendly lady owner/server told me that they have been in business for over 30 years (so they must be doing something right). See my pics that show two different lunch combo's and an egg roll.

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  1. Looks promising......... though I've noticed the old-school LA Chinese places that serve the big New Yorky eggroll approximations always feel the need to cut them up.... as if they've learned their lesson after serving up generations of Angelenos who, after so many decades of acclimating to the mini, skinny spring rolls just can't handle the uncut truth.

    Mr Taster

    1. If this is the eggroll of my youth (like at How Kow Inn, Oak Park, MI), I will just HAVE to go.

      1. Ghengis Cohen on Fairfax and Melrose does the NYC eggrolls too, and I don't think they cut them, if so, only once, Angeleno minis need not apply ;-)

        1. This is too funny.

          I went there many years ago. If it's the same place (a standalone restaurant with some Asian style roof in the front), it's definitely like a pseudo chinese restaurant from 30 years ago. Complete with green tea presweetened with sugar, and fried noodles with sweet & sour while you wait, and dishes served in metal plates with stand and lids (we went during dinner).

          I have to say it was the single worst chinese meal I had ever had, as it's really American-Chinese, not authentic like the ones over the Puente Hills. So if you love American-Chinese, it's probably for you. If you are used to real chinese food, beware.

          P.S The almond press duck were like bricks with sweet sauce. If it used to be a duck it went on a witness protection program.

          3 Replies
          1. re: notmartha

            Yeah, but sometimes one craves cheesy american versions of ethnic dishes!

            1. re: notmartha

              Thats the same place----complete with its kitschy look, big booths, paper lamps, and hokey X-MAS music playing. I recommended Golden Star because it is NOT like the modern Chinese restaurants that have replaced the mostly American/Cantonese variety of the past. I would definitely not order a Kung Pao or other spicy dish here. This is for those who want to sample the suburbia retro-Chinese food that many of us remember. Put it this way: I recently watched an episode of the Andy Griffith tv show from the 1960's. In it, Andy and the gang enjoy eating at the only Chinese restaurant in Mayberry---and it sure reminded me of Golden Star (In fact, I have noticed mostly anglo, many which are senior citizens, eating there). This restaurant is definitely a nostalgic trip into the past...

              1. re: HBfoodie

                Understood. They must have enough of a clientele to keep them in business...

            2. It's hard to tell from the pics, but the skin doesn't look blistered enough. These look more like large spring rolls to me.