San Gabriel Valley Chinese
I've only recently become acquainted with real Chinese food, but the San Gabriel Valley has opened my eyes and set my sights high. I'm looking to find restaurants serving regional cuisines other than the ones I've tried. For instance, I am not familiar with Shandong or Taiwanese.
Here are the restaurants I've been to so far in SGV, mostly Chowhound or Jonathan Gold picks. (I've also eaten a lot of Cantonese previously.) What SGV restaurants should I try next?
Green Village. Shanghainese (or so I have read). Absolutely great.
Chung King and Yunnan Garden. Szechuan. Both very good.
Dong Ting Chun. Hunan (or so I have read). Good.
Dumpling Master. North Chinese? OK.
China Islamic. Uighur??? Blah, not my thing.
Monterey Palace on Garvey just west of New Ave is my fave--if you like such delicacies as live seafood (esp big live prawns), Peking Duck and Suckling Pig. it's a favorite of locals too...well worth a try.
I'd suggest Embassy on San Gabriel Blvd for homestyle Cantonese food. It's clientele is 95% HongKong Chinese which should tell you something about its culinary standard. I'd also try Tasty Garden on Valley for "small eats." Check out their frog rice pot. Little Lamb on Atlantic can be one of your stops for fun Mongolian firepot. Seafood Village on Garvey is a fine choice for Chiu Chow cuisine. Lee Kum Kee on Valley near where 710 ends serves good Chinese Vietnamese food. J and J imho has the best dumplings and Shanghainese. Mei Long Village is right up there too for Shanghainese. Bon appetit.
:::Chuckling::: Instead of sandpaper you might consider rinsing with their taro, tapioca in a fresh coconut shell dessert. More seriously, I haven't ever had a bad meal there and I'd figure that's close to 30 meals in the last three years. What did you order? I love their Sea bass fillet drizzled with light soysauce and sauteed garlic, their lotus leaf wrapped baked crab rice, their seven treasure braised duck (special order), their vegetarian shark fin dish, their duck web with green papaya appetizer, their crispy stuffed chicken (special order,) their mochi with sesame filling... Their run of the mill Chinese dishes-- crispy skin chicken, soy sauce chicken, veggies galore are no better or worse than nearby joints, but the dishes they do with a special touch are good indeed. Damn, this is making me hungry... But de gustibus and all that :-)
Well, lets see. The duck came out dry as jerky, and the skin was rendered of all its fat and juices -- to say it was crispy would be an understatement.
Our mushroom and tofu dish was so bland we could still taste clumps of cornstarch in the sauce. Not a good thing.
Another problem was that our shrimp dish came out tasting like ... beef!
One of my less courageous dining companions chalked it up the red "C" that seems to adorn that place like it's part of the decor. I could care less about what the health dept. thinks of the place, I just know that I could better food at about 100 other places within a 5 mile radius of Embassy.
You can also try:
* Lu Ding Gee for Peking Duck and Beijing-style dishes.
* Sea Harbour for, IMHO, the best Hong Kong Dim Sum around.
* 101 Noodle Express for the best handmade Dumplings and great Shan Dohng Chicken (De Zhou Pah Ji).
101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
Lu-Din Gee Cafe
1039 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
We ate at Giang Nan, in Monterey Park, over the weekend on Chowhounder Jerome's recommendation. It's a Northern Chinese restaurant and it helped opened my eyes to Chinese food outside of traditional Cantonese food. The fish with tofu, Pig's knuckle(a terrible translation- really a pork shank nicely presented), and the chicken w/chestnut claypot were really wonderful.