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need input on Yang Chow and/or Hop Li

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anyone been to Yang Chow (Chinatown location) and/or Hop Li (on Pico btwn Sepulveda and Westwood)? comments and suggestions of best dishes would be appreciated.

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  1. Yang Chow is pretty good overall, and while I can't recall specific best dishes, I do know that they have terrific potstickers.

    1. Haven't been but I've repeatedly heard favorable comments on the slippery shrimp at Yang Chow. P.S. They aren't really slippery.

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      1. re: mc michael

        the "slippery" shrimp is deeeelishous!!! and they give you a huge portion too.

        1. re: coco puff

          What exactly is slippery shrimp? Is it just a fancy name for a traditional dish? Please describe.

          1. re: Can

            I don't think it is particularly traditonal. In fact I would not be surprised to learn it is one of those "only in an American Chintaown" kind of dishes. However, it is incredibly tasty. Medium-large shrimp flash fried in a translucent whisper of crust (rice flour?)finished with an orange sauce that balances sweet, sour, salt and garlic. It is absolutely addictive.

        2. re: mc michael

          Yeah, they're pretty good. Yang Chow used to be better than it is these days, but it's still pretty competent. Slippery shrimp is one of their best dishes. They also occasionally have a great dessert. I forget what it's called, but it's basically red bean cakes, or red bean in dough of some sort. They don't have it very often, thuogh, or at least they didn't a few years ago.

        3. My wife and I ate at Hop Li once, about a year ago. It was awful. Barely edible even. We ate maybe one third of our meal and left the rest in disgust.

          1. At Yang Chow, where I eat regularly, get slippery shrimp (if I said it's like sweet and sour shrimp, you wouldn't order it, but it really is the best comparison), spicy shredded chicken, pan sauteed green beans, and my personal favorite, and hard to find elsewhere, sauteed rice cakes, little disks of a gnocchi-like substance that I suppose is made with rice sauteed with spinach and pork.

            1. Yang Chow is, hands down, one of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants. I actually go to the one in the Valley - it's on Topanga Canyon Blvd., just south of Victory. Slippery shrimp is a great dish, but they also make a sauteed dried asparagus that's out of this world - it's usually one of their specials printed on the inside cover. Make sure to get their hot and sour soup, which is one of the best I've ever tried, and their whole fish with garlic sauce.

              1. I've been eating at Yang Chow for years - I call it goopy Chinese food,as opposed to fresh fish live out of the tank kind of thing. Everything there is saucy. The best pan fried dumplings, I like the green beans with minced pork, General Cheng chicken which is garlic brown sauce with big mushrooms and bamboo shoots, lamb with scallions, Szechwan chicken is crispy bits-sweet and gingery, cold sesame noodles, and the infamous slippery shrimp which are fried with an orange garlic slightly spicy sauce and are totally addictive. I always take visitors there.

                1. Think of Panda Express with tablecloths and u get the picture. I ate there 8 months ago and i think half of the patrons were geriatric and sporting the same Members Only jackets! lol

                  1. Hop Li downtown is decent but on the Westside you're much better off with J.R. Seafood, Royal Star, vip Harbor Seafood, or Hop Woo (new place on Olympic and Sepulveda).

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                    1. re: chandavkl

                      OK, i know the other places, but i haven't heard of Hop Woo. can you (or anyone) give me more info? thanks.

                      1. re: mikhail

                        Hop Woo's at 11110 W. Olympic in a minimall at the intersection of Sepulveda which has almost no parking spaces. That location was the site of a number of Americanized Chinese restaurants until early last year when a pretty good BBQ/seafood restaurant called Full House opened up there. Hop Woo replaced them a few months ago but basically kept the same menu. Also has a fast food section for those who want tourist food, but the real stuff is pretty good and it'll do for those of us who don't have time to drive downtown or to Monterey Park at lunchtime.