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Sue Davis Sep 29, 2003 12:57 AM

There seem to be about a thousand Chinese places near CSUN. Are any of them good? Or anything further afield?

Also, I know that chinese and vegetarian are two words that usually don't go together, but anyone know of any chinese vegetarian?

Thanks,
Sue

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    Rosiepigs Nov 30, 2006 04:19 PM

    I'd like to echo previous posts about China Lites on Laurel and Chandler in North Hollywood--good, functional East Coast Chinese food. the Kung Pao, thankfully was not sweet (and the nice woman behind the counter agreed with me that it should NEVER be sweet, you heretics at Kung Pao Bistro) and chock full of hot peppers, and the Hot and Sour Soup was excellent. well, seemed not to have shredded pork, but for the flavor, i'll overlook it.

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      Das Ubergeek Nov 30, 2006 11:24 PM

      Just a note... I love me some China Lites for "East Coast" style, but their egg rolls are all wrong. I'm really not one of those people who says "OH GOD THERE'S NO GOOD EGG ROLLS IN CALIFORNIA OH WOE IS MY SORRY COMPLAINY WHINEY ASS", but they're REALLY not good.

      It's not even that they're not New York-style -- and they're not -- but they're just BAD.

      The shrimp and lobster sauce, though, is a winner, and it's the only place I know to get decent General Tso's.

      Now if we had more than, say, 2 authentic-ish places (Sam Woo and BBQ Unlimited)...

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        BearCity Dec 1, 2006 02:02 AM

        I tried China Lites today and didn't like it. I found it to be no better than any of the "lunch special" Chinese places I've tried in the Valley.

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          Das Ubergeek Dec 1, 2006 02:36 AM

          What'd you order? (If you "orange chicken", so help you...) :-P

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            BearCity Dec 1, 2006 02:45 AM

            Ordered General Tso's, extra spicy. The extra spicy request was apparently ignored. There was hardly any heat to it at all. The chicken texture was tough, the breading strangely spongy instead of crispy, and the sauce was like a slightly zestier sweet and sour. I've had better, spicier General Tso's at a Safeway deli.

      2. anthonyrza Sep 19, 2006 07:38 PM

        the kung pow chicken at hot wok on nordhoff and reseda is killer.

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          Margaret Pope Oct 2, 2003 09:44 PM

          By now you might've read about it on the board, but take a look at Guide to Chinese Food in Los Angeles by Carl Chu. I think it's self-published, but I got my copy at The Cook's Library on the west side and no doubt it is on Amazon. It is a very worthwhile guide.

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            encore889 Sep 18, 2006 04:32 AM

            No one mentioned mandarin King in granada hills.... best kung pao chicken I've ever had!

            17092 Devonshire St, Northridge

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            Spoony Bard Sep 29, 2003 03:51 PM

            Hi Sue.

            All good suggestions below. I'd just like to add another for Mandarin Deli (Reseda across from A&W seafood) for noodles and dumplings.

            Make sure you scroll down the board, do a ctrl-F find search for key words, or search on the homepage for more details and suggestions. There's been much activity lately regarding Chinese in the SF Valley.

            Happy chowing!

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              sarabeth721 Sep 29, 2003 05:32 PM

              Hot Wok on Nordhoff and Reseda near Vons. Incredible shrimp and walnut dish.

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              Chandavkl Sep 29, 2003 03:05 PM

              Another good Chinese vegetarian place in the Valley is Garden Wok, 6117 Reseda Bl., Reseda. There are many Chinese vegetarian places in the San Gabriel valley, also. Chinese vegetarian places tend to serve a mixture of pure vegetable dishes, as well as mock meat dishes made from gluten, soybeans, nuts etc.

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                nja Sep 29, 2003 01:48 PM

                I grew up eating at Hing Yee. Very Americanized Chinese food, at least all the stuff we ordered (my family and I were pretty clueless about Chinese food back then). There was always a fair number of Chinese eating there, so maybe they served and did a good job on the real stuff too. The owner is super friendly, he would often sit at our table and talk to us during dinner. All the vegetables were always extremely fresh.

                And I'll tell you what, to this day I have still not had a better eggroll anywhere. Their's are full of the best vegetables and/or meat, large, and perfectly cooked.

                It's been at least 10 years since my last visit. I would love to hear some comments from hounds on the place.

                Hing Yee
                5219 1/2 Lauren Canyon
                North Hollywood

                Link: http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

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                  Peter Sep 29, 2003 11:30 AM

                  Chinese and vegetarian do go together. There are lots of Chinese Budhists, and Budhists are vegetarians. There is a very long history of vegetarianism in China.

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                    Sue Davis Sep 30, 2003 01:37 PM

                    Sorry, didn't mean to be culturally offensive - I knew about Chinese Buddhism, but what I meant was that most U.S. Chinese restaurants use animal stocks in their sauces even on vegetable dishes.

                    Thanks for the note.
                    Sue

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                      Sue Davis Sep 30, 2003 01:37 PM

                      Sorry, didn't mean to be culturally offensive - I knew about Chinese Buddhism, but what I meant was that most U.S. Chinese restaurants use animal stocks in their sauces even on vegetable dishes.

                      Thanks for the note.
                      Sue

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                      critter Sep 29, 2003 10:19 AM

                      Second the rec for Vegetable Delight. It's on the north side of Chatsworth Street just a bit east of Zelzah. Also, had a pretty good shrimp dish with walnuts at the Chinese place in the Vons Shopping Center - corner of Nordhoff and Reseda.

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                        Sue Davis Oct 2, 2003 01:19 AM

                        Thanks for the rec. I went to Vegetable Delight and had a nice meal. I do not think I will ever be brave enough to try "Vegetable Kidneys" though. LOL

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                        LesThePress Sep 29, 2003 10:13 AM

                        AW Seafood is great and right around the corner from CSUN!!!

                        A & W Seafood Restaurant
                        9306 Reseda Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91324
                        (818) 882-6668

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                          LesThePress Sep 29, 2003 10:13 AM

                          AW Seafood is great and right around the corner from CSUN!!!

                          A & W Seafood Restaurant
                          9306 Reseda Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91324
                          (818) 882-6668

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                            Mandy Sep 29, 2003 06:20 PM

                            A&W gets my vote. It was recommended by many on this board and now we're regulars.

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                            Jerome Sep 29, 2003 02:36 AM

                            VEgetable Delight on Chatsworth.

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