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Sep 15, 2004 03:18 AM

Chicken Chow Mein, East Coast style

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While not a full-time vocation, I’ve spent a long time trying to find “east coast” chicken chow mein in and around Los Angeles. You know, that egg-droppy sauce, no lo mein noodles, lots of chicken and shredded vegetables.

I’ve searched back through 6 boards, then tuckered out...

Any recommendations would be appreciated, so I can finally take my wife there and say, “OK, can we stay NOW??”

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  1. In Orange County, GONGS Chinese Restaurant in Huntington Beach (On Warner Ave. near Golden West) serves that style of Chicken Chow Mein.

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    1. re: Rich

      GONGS in Huntington Beach lists theirs as Chicken Chow Mein but it doesn't contain any noodles.

      1. re: Rich

        No noodles. Exactly right. GONGS and Huntington Beach are on the list to visit. Thanks!

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      1. Canton Kitchen on Venice BL, Mar Vista makes a passible version.

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Several years ago I tried Canton Kitchen, mostly because they supposedly had good NYC-style fried eggrolls. Those were ok. But beware, their meats were of the lowest quality I've ever experienced in a Chinese restaurant -- gristly, tough, nasty -- and their sauces were gloppy and insipid.

        2. If something called Chicken Chow Mein has no noodles, I cannot help but think it is an epic fail. Wouldn't this be called Chicken Chop Suey then?

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          1. re: Tripeler

            As it was describe to me by a waiter in a east coast chinese restaurant when I was 8, chow mein was essentially chop suey topped with the fried crispy noodles. Lo mein was the soft noodle dish.

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              My experience is that the chow mein is with noodles, the chop suey is without noodles but served over or cooked with rice.

            2. re: Tripeler

              This is a regional variation. As discussed before, "mein" in Cantonese means noodles, so on a literal basis it would be impossible for chow mein not to have noodles. However in certain geographic areas (e.g., Miami), chow mein developed as a noodleless dish, and if you wanted noodles you ordered lo mein.