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Aug 20, 2008 09:34 PM

Dinner in Monterey Park?

I have an unexpected errand to run tomorrow around dinner time in Monterey Park. Any recs for good Chinese food in the area? TIA!

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  1. Hi dimsumgirl,

    * Elite - Good Hong Kong / Cantonese-style restaurant. Nice live seafood as well.

    * Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan) - Made-from-scratch, made-to-order Steamed Buns and Dumplings. Here's my write-up for this place:

    Elite Restaurant
    700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan
    )958 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

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    1. re: exilekiss

      Is Elite good for dinner? I've been there for dim sum (I think my favorite now, even more than Sea Harbour) but in my experience many places with good dim sum have unremarkable dinner fare. Sometimes it can be night and day.

      I'll definitely second Noodle House.

      1. re: Peripatetic

        Hi Peripatetic,

        Yes, surprisingly. :) I agree with you that a place with good Dim Sum doesn't guarantee a good Dinner Menu.

        I enjoy Sea Harbour's Dim Sum more than Elite, but enjoy Elite's Dinner Menu and execution more than Sea Harbour. :)

        1. re: exilekiss

          Thanks, EK, I'll definitely give it a try.

    2. what type of food are you looking for?

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      1. re: rickym13

        shui zhu yu - water boiled fish, order. also guai wei ji/ strange flavor chicken.
        the sichuan style wonton called chao shou. and maybe a beef or shrimp cooked "dry style" - gan shao niu rou (beef) xia ren (shrimp).
        steamed rice.
        you're done.
        Chungking - garfield just south of garvey.

        it's a bit hot.

        general question. general answer.

        (i'm semi joking there are dozens and dozens of restaurant for good chinese food, serving shanghai/huaiyang, cantonese trad, hong fusion, hunan, sichuan, guilin noodles, macanese fusion, taiwan pastry snacks, yunnan crossing bridge noodles, shandong style dumplings, modern style hotpot at little sheep, trad mongol hotpot at deerfield garden, vegetarian cuisine, etc. also "western food" as served in hong kong cafes - it's almost like saying i'm going to paris, any recs for french food - but if you like sichuan style food, the order list above for chungking will work well)

        1. re: Jerome

          LOL. :) Excellent post Jerome. (dimsumgirl, I'd also second the vote for Chungking, a very spicy haven of Szechuan / Sichuan food.)

        2. re: rickym13

          I'm most familiar with traditional Cantonese so that's what I was thinking when I posted. But I am open to trying other things. Just that I have never been to Monterey Park and always hear that it is a haven for Chinese food. The noodle house that exilekiss mentioned sounds good. I have to read the write-up. at this point, it looks like I am going by myself and I have an ice bucket in the hotel room near LAX to store any leftovers. Excited to have an opportunity for an adventure!

          1. re: dimsumgirl

            Try 101 Noddle Express on Valley Blvd. Be sure to order the beef roll and the dork & pumkin XLB or they pork and shrimp and use plenty of the cilantro scallion comdiment on the table. I hear they also do a chicken roll and a pork roll that are good, one better than the other, I can not remeber which, the beef is excellent though.

            101 Noodle Express
            1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

            1. re: Burger Boy

              dork and pumkin XLB? Is it made with Star Trek fans?

              1. re: Burger Boy

                101 Noodle Express does not serve XLB. They serve dumplings. But those dumpling sure are good. And the beef rolls are excellent. I can't say much about the "dork and pumkin" fillings, though. The shrimp and pumpkin dumplings are good, and I actually don't like shrimp at all.

              2. re: dimsumgirl

                Hi dimsumgirl,

                If "traditional Cantonese" is what you're thinking of, then I'd say Elite (linked above) would be a good start for what you're looking for.

                1. re: dimsumgirl

                  Elite is great but is best done when you have a party of several. All by yourself it's not really a good place to go. If you are familiar with Cantonese I would suggest you try some other Chinese cuisines. Sichuan, Shanghai, etc. are better for the single diner than the bigger Cantonese houses.

                  1. re: PeterL

                    man..chinese food by yourself is tough one. how many dishes can one order?
                    there are few japanese places in monterey park. shin sen gumi (which has counter you can eat at) or saga which is very small place with excellent hire katsu or sukiyaki.

              3. Dinner at Elite is as good as lunch. The Peking duck at Elite is one of the best anywhere, at times I prefer it even to Lu Din Gee.

                However, duck for one is a bit problematic so Id recommend the minced fish in lettuce leaves at Gourmet Delight or the baos or dumplings and the green onion pancake at Noodle House (which I'm eating as I type on my iPhone).

                1. I might get slammed on this but we ate at NBC last weekend and it was pretty good. I was surprised. This was the dinner menu, not dim sum.

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                  1. re: monkuboy

                    NBC is perfectly adequate. And the seafood was fine last time i was there which is, granted, some time ago.

                    MPV (or is it mvp, i can never remmeber) has decent seafood as well. Valley and Garfield. They have tanks where you can potlatch out hundreds of dollars for an obscenely old crustacean.

                    1. re: Jerome

                      Used to be MVP, now it's Blue Ocean Seafood (same owners as New Capital.) If you'd be having dinner after about 9, by chance, they have late dinner specials that sounds good for one person, although I've only had their dim sum (decent, great price.)

                  2. Thanks for the recs everyone. My quick trip to Monterey Park was enough to convince me that I need to return for more exploration. I saw so many places that I wanted to drop in and try but had so little time.

                    I took EK's recommendation and went to Noodle House. What a great find. I ordered the combination seafood steamed bun and the Pork Dumplings with Leeks.

                    It was so delicious! And so much food! I had enough to easily feed three, maybe four for only $15! I have lots to take home to share with the girls when I return to Northern CA tomorrow after my meeting. It was so much fun to watch the dumplings and buns being made for my order. Great suggestion. Can't wait to try the other places you all recommended. Will return here in a couple of months for more exploration. Thanks so much for your quick replies.

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                    1. re: dimsumgirl

                      Hi dimsumgirl,

                      Glad you enjoyed your visit to Monterey Park! :) Definitely report back if you end up trying more places on your next visit.

                      1. re: exilekiss

                        EK: That Noodle House visit was definitely the best bargain I have had in a long time. Luckily, I was able to get a refrigerator at my hotel so I brought home the leftovers to my daughters in Northern Cal. They each got two meals out of the leftovers. I got a lot of mileage out of that meal! Thanks again.