Best Chinese restaurants in Monterey Park or HH?
I am looking for any type: noodle houses, dumpling houses (I know Din Tai Fon has gotten a bad rap here, but Mei Long Village has gotten some thumbs up), dim sum, whatever in Monterey Park or Hacienda Heights (as a side question, is there a consensus on whether HH is almost or just as good as MP?). And, of course, I mean authentic and GOOD. Stuff I can't get in Irvine. My SO's parents are from Taiwan (and my SO knows good Chinese food). Unfortunately, they'd moved back there so I don't know if there recommendations are up to speed. It's quite a drive for me from Irvine, so if I could get some suggestions as to where to go, I would be most thankful!
Both from a quality and numbers point of view, Monterey Park-Alhambra-Rosemead-San Gabriel is clearly better than Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights, they there certainly is plenty of good food in the latter. At least you're lucky in that there's some decent Chinese food in Irvine now (e.g., S.W. BBQ) where there wasn't any a decade ago.
See link to prior post listing the better Chinese seafood restaurants. Aberdeen is now MPV Seafood.
"Both from a quality and numbers point of view, Monterey Park-Alhambra-Rosemead-San Gabriel is clearly better than Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights"
I completely dissagree. The older "chinatowns" are burning out. Monterey Park is tired and while San Gabriel Valley is very good, it might be a little past its prime. The new star is Rowland Heights. It's no coincidence that the developments of "chinatowns" progress in a west-to-east fashion with the eastern most ones being the newer and better. No one thinks of going to downtown LA for Chinese food anymore...
Disclaimer: Owner is a friend, but I eat there twice a week.
423 N. Atlantic Blvd. #106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (818) 458-8689
Open 7 Days 11:00 A.M. -- 9:00 P.M.
(Located in the Mar's Plaza shopping center on the north side of the Shun Fat supermarket; south of the San Bernardino I-10 freeway)