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Mar 8, 2008 08:23 PM

Need REAL Chinese Food

Lived in China for the past 4 years and recently moved back here. Getting desperate for something real (seriously, have lost 20 pounds in the last 2 months because I get hungry, walk into a restaurant and one smell kills the appetite). I'm in the LA area, and anything decent within... say... 100 miles would be seriously considered.

A Xinjiang place would be ideal, but good luck with that one. China-Islamic and Ma's... they have Daoxiaomian, but that's pretty standard fare and nothing special to be honest.

I'm looking for Latiaozi, Nang, and Kvas if it even exists here (honey beer). Shouzhuafan would rock too.

Again in Chinese:

Just need something real Chinese, not Taiwanese, not Canotonese, and if it's halal... I'm dreaming, but it would be ideal.


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  1. Prepare to lose more weight, laowai....

    Authentic (and good) food from the Western Chinese region is tough to find in SoCal. Let us all know if you have any success.

    Meantime, try Yang Chow in Chinatown. It's pretty good Western(ized) Chinese food. (Sorry... that was a bad joke).

    1. my chinese teacher has once mentioned this one restaurant in san gabriel that served good northern chinese food (i think xinjiang province is in northern china?). it's call Liao Ling Wei and i think their english translation is Taiwan Kitchen but they don't serve taiwanese food O_o
      i only remember her talking about lamb skewers lol i've never been there so i can't tell you if it's good or not but i thought i would still let you know anyway since it won't hurt to try :]

      Liao Ling Wei
      (626) 288-9966
      534 E Valley Blvd
      Unit 8
      San Gabriel, CA 91776

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      1. re: beautifuldiirt

        Looks interesting, but also looks like it's mostly pork dishes. The gf is muslim, homesick and dying for good food as much as I am. haha.

        Would quite possibly kill for a fare like this here:

        1. Post from last month mentions lamb skewers. I thought they were pretty good.

          1. There is a Chinese Islamic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance or Lomita. Halal too I believe. Unfortunately I cannot remember its precise name... Beijing Islamic (?) I haven't eaten there in years so...

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            1. re: poggibonzzi

              That place was wonderful, but closed a few years ago.

            2. Cantonese IS real Chinese food (Guangdong being part of China), but I get the idea.

              As far as halal Chinese, you're really going to be limited to the few Chinese Islamic restaurants. I don't know of any Xinjiang-style restaurants, but we've had discussions about the chuanr... Uzbekistan restaurant was suggested recently.

              The problem is that if the SGV isn't satisfying you, you're either going to have to go to Vancouver or back to China... even in Flushing, Queens you won't find much different than the SGV.

              As for kvas, which is not honey beer but rye bread beer, you can buy bottles of it in the Russian markets in West Hollywood. There's one on (I think) Santa Monica and Fairfax called "Gastronom" (...imagine that, a Russian grocery store called "Grocery Store").

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks for the tips, however, you are wrong about the Kvas. Xinjiang kvas is made from honey and hops, no rye involved :P

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Cantonese = Chinese. ANd I do not "get" the idea. So the OP is saying "real" Chinese is only certain parts of China, so other parts of China are excluded from being real Chinese. Nonsensical.