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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.

                2. Also, the Deerfield Garden branch in Industry at 167 S. Hacienda Bl., (but it's really on Valley Bl. in the shopping center on the NE corner of Valley and Hacienda) lists Xinjiang items. Haven't been there in over a year, though, so I don't know if those menu items still exist.

                  1. Try Mission 261 in San Gabriel. The name is also the address. Right across the street from the Civic Center/Mission.

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                    1. re: breakfastofchampions

                      Mission 261 is not what the OP is looking for.

                    2. Excuse me but Taiwanese and Cantonese are not Chinese? I think a lot of Chinese will dispute whether Xinjiang Chinese is "real" Chinese. You'll find Daoxiaomian in a number of places in SGV, outside of Islamic restaurants. As you say it's nothing special.

                      But if you are looking for Islamic or Halal Chinese your only choice is the several Chinese Islamic restaurants in the SGV. I doubt that you'll even find that many in other parts of North America, including Vancouver and Toronto. There you'll find probably less than 5 in each city, with mostly Cantonese and Shanghainese places.

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                      1. re: PeterL

                        Don't get your feathers all tussled, everyone... What I think the original poster simply meant was he had a craving for authentic food from Western China...

                        Let's all get along, East Coast and West Coast (well, in this case East Coast and Gobi Desert)...

                        1. re: J.L.

                          chinese islamic in torrance was pretty good until it closed. there is this restaurant in hacienda hieghts that serves northern chinese food. the only thing is its been a few years since ive last been there. i dont remember the name, what i can say is that it is in the shopping center across the street from Mr swiss chinese restaurant on hacienda blvd. its a pretty small place if i remember correctly.

                          1. re: AGENT FOODIE

                            Mr. Swiss / Chongqing is on Halliburton just east of Hacienda Blvd. (next plaza east of the one with Ma Lan Noodles, mmmmmm...)

                            I don't remember a plaza across the street, but when you say "northern", do you mean Beijing? Hebei? Shanxi? Shaanxi? (horrified whisper) Heilongjiang?

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              I think that would be in the shopping center on the west side of Hacienda and it's not China Mandarin. Somebody asked about that place on the board a few months ago but there were no responses. It was once a Taiwanese restaurant but I think it subsequently turned over. It's only open at night and I'm never in that area at night so I haven't been able to check it out. I do remember one of my food informants making a good general comment about the place.

                            2. re: AGENT FOODIE

                              There is a chinese islamic place in Rowland Heights called VIP Chinese at 18331 E. Colima Road.

                              I haven't been there for a while but just happened to have the old menu. It has the lamb bbq skewers and knife cut noodles but nothing else in the OP's list.