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Cantonese/Orange county

marti Aug 23, 2002 12:41 PM

Anyone know of a Cantonese restaurant in O.C? Prefer Newport/Costa Mesa/H.B/So.Cst Plaza area.

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    MzMaggie Aug 23, 2002 01:25 PM

    Chin's on 17th Street in Tustin is wonderful!

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      john Aug 23, 2002 06:32 PM

      There is a Chinese restaurant in Irvine that is pretty good. It has all the live stuff, from crabs and lobsters to fish and shrimps. I do not remember the name of the restaurant but it is in the same mall as Taiko. I think it was on Jeffery. Sorry I can't remember the name of the restaurant but it is definitely worth a try.

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        MzMaggie Aug 24, 2002 01:07 PM

        The name is Sam Woo's - there is one on Jeffrey & Walnut & one on Culver & Irvine Center Drive in Irvine. They are both excellent!

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          marti Aug 24, 2002 01:41 PM

          I have been to a couple of Sam Woos and not been impressed but I also don"t think they are Cantonese style which I especially want. Thanks anyway and they must have something to offer others since they are well patronized.

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            kc girl Aug 24, 2002 05:37 PM

            Sam Woo's in Irvine is on Culver and Irvine Center Drive. Good Dim Sum on Sundays.

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            kc girl Aug 24, 2002 05:34 PM

            It is called The China Garden. It has only been there for a little over a year. It is in the little strip mall at Jeffery and Culver and is the white building visible from Jeffery. They even serve chicken lips! and have quite an extensive menu as wellas a private "chinese ony" menu. They also have two beautiful banquet rooms for very large parties. Parking is a nightmare and they don't have valet.

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            tissue Aug 27, 2002 11:58 AM

            If you don't mind driving to Westminster, there are numerous cantonese seafood places.

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              AZAR Mar 22, 2010 01:40 PM

              HATE TO SAY IT BUT THE OLD CANTONESE restaurants are dying out. Give me a good egg roll, wonton soup shrimp w/lobster sauce, egg foo young, woo su duck. spare ribs. Not the fast food joints panda, pickup sticks, pf chans, sam woos. Some are still around Al's Palace & Golden Garden in Costa Mesa, Wongs in Westminster. Tung Sung in Gardena(closed)

              Golden Garden Restaurant
              1505 Mesa Verde Dr E Ste B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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                ilovetoeat0234 Apr 5, 2010 12:30 PM

                at least fu wing low's still around

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                  Das Ubergeek Apr 5, 2010 01:55 PM

                  Don the Beachcomber in Surfside will be bringing back the old-school "Cantonese" menu—you know, tomato beef, chop suey, chow mein, etc.

                  Don the Beachcomber
                  16278 South Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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                    degustateur Apr 5, 2010 08:42 PM

                    Don the Beachcomber serves up good Hawaiian and Polynesian fare in a traditional, somewhat lively atmosphere with limited entertainment and a notable bar/lounge. As I recall, however, Chinese/Cantonese cuisine is devoid from their menu. It’s been a while since I’ve been so maybe things have changed a bit.

                    Don the Beachcomber
                    16278 South Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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                      Das Ubergeek Apr 6, 2010 09:56 AM

                      As I said in my post, they are going to unveil a Cantonese menu. "Will be"—future tense. Delia Snyder (the chef) has been working on it.

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                degustateur Apr 5, 2010 08:25 PM

                Give Golden Garden a shot. Very good Cantonese, authentically prepared and served. Chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for here. From lowbrow, down home classics like egg foo young, BBQ pork and sweet & sour pork to more upscale dishes such as moo goo gai pan and lobster and shrimp with cashews and water chestnuts. Nice combo offerings too along with all of the traditional appetizer plates like paper wrapped chicken and shrimp wrapped in bacon. Comfort food for sure.

                Golden Garden
                1505 Mesa Verde Dr E
                Costa Mesa, CA 92626
                (714) 540-6989

                You may also want to try Fu Wing Low. Great Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Lots of old standbys like twice-cooked pork, orange chicken, spicy pork chops, chow mein and almond duck, all traditionally prepared and very tasty. I’ve only been once but left quite satisfied and would definitely return. The steamed whole fish was superb. If you want something that isn’t on the menu, ask and if they can they will hook you up. A small mom and pop shop doing some good ole' things very well. They are warm and friendly and quite accommodating as well.

                Fu Wing Low
                16545 Brookhurst St
                Fountain Valley, CA 92708
                (714) 839-4481

                Fu Wing Low
                16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                Golden Garden Restaurant
                1505 Mesa Verde Dr E Ste B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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