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May 23, 2009 07:05 PM

Hungry for American Style Chinese

I've lived in LA for almost two years, and have yet to find a good ol' greasy Chinese joint like the ones I used to eat on the east coast. Must have good fried rice. Any area is good. Thoughts?

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  1. Paul's Kitchen Downtown
    Looks like a greasy spoon joint too.
    Get the Tommy Lasorda special $10.25/person.......plenty of food and fried rice too.

    Paul's Kitchen
    1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: monku

      On your recommendation I hit this spot tonight. This was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much. The Lasorda special, ridiculous as it was, was a gluttonous treat.

      1. re: revrev

        Kind of place you're either going to like or hate.
        One night I was there and Tommy Lasorda showed up for dinner.

    2. Yang Chow in Chinatown. Get their slippery shrimp - a controversial dish on this board, but you should try it.

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      1. re: J.L.

        Are they affiliated with the Yang Chow in Woodland Hills? They are known for slippery shrimp as well.

        1. re: SIMIHOUND

          Same Yang Chow as downtown as well as in Pasadena.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Won's Coffee Shop, Gilmore and Van Nuys Bl., Van Nuys. Classic.

          Also, Ming's Chinese Kitchen in Tujunga.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            i second Genghis Cohen as it seems the only place in LA to get those big NY style egg rolls

            1. re: JPomer

              It's the only place in LA, but not the only place in the region... Mr Taster and I did an exhaustive search. You just need to come to OC.

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              OC seems like the perfect place for Americanized Chinese. How about near Disneyland? Maybe even some good Chop suey with great veggie fried rice? Ube, do you have a good place in mind?

              This image always comes to my mind when I eat classic Americanized Chinese food or hear the names of, Genghis Cohen or Genghis Khan.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I found it.
                  Yang Ming Garden
                  1866 N Tustin St (across the street from the Home Depot Center)
                  Orange, CA 92865
                  (714) 998-9500

                  The inside of this place is classic and reminds me of the original location of Wang’s Palace in Monrovia. Following your rec ,we (five of us) went on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago . We were lucky that they were open at 2:30 for lunch because every other day of the week they close after lunch and then re-open for dinner later-on. The food is Americanized Chinese but without the heavy greasy overload so common at other places. This is better.

                  I had the veggie fried rice and veggie lomeim and asked that tomato be added to both. They were both very good and what I liked was that no one veggie dominated the dish but rather there was a decent amount of different veggies mixed throughout including cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, snow peas and more. The big hit with my guest was the Orange Chicken. This was not the common version (deep fried with a batter) but it was large slices of white meat mixed in a wok with a orange sauce. I did not try it but everyone told me it was really good. Also, my guest had the Chicken fried rice and loved it also as it was made with tender and juicy hand-pulled white meat. Tanks fo da rec.

                  1. re: JeetJet

                    Oh, glad you enjoyed it! I haven't been in a long while but I think we're long overdue.

            3. Uncle Chen on Ventura Blvd. in Encino
              Hu's Szechuan on the corner of National

              1. Some of the cook-to-order places in south L.A. may have what you're looking for since the old style Chinese American food still plays well in that part of town. If you like fried rice with dark soy sauce, green onions and eggs, you might like Yee's at 4400 W. Slauson near La Brea. Yee's has been there since the 1970s, though it is no longer a sit down operation, but rather you order at the window and either take out or go to their seating area.