SGV recs before I move to the westside!
I have been a Pasadena resident for 4 years and regularly dine in SGV Asian restaurants. There are a handful of restaurants that I will always go to but I can't help but think as I drive to my destination there has got to be some other gems out of all these other restaurants that I'm passing. I will be moving to Playa del Rey in a week and have vowed to eat SGV Asian every day until I move. So I'm looking for some recs on cuisines that I may be missing. Please don't recommend places that may offer better than what I mention below. For example, if you have an XLB better than DTF, I have probably been there. I am looking for eats that I am missing out on completely! Ideally the recs would be Chinese or sino-Chinese (eg. Golden Deli)
Places I frequent
Elite - for dim sum and dinner
Savoy - hainam chicken and snails
Golden Deli - for pho and hu tieu (soup separate)
Din Tai Fung
Off the top of my head what I don't have:
Beef brisket wonton mien - I am Cantonese and am very particular about my wonton soup. I haven't had any acceptable which is disappointing since I think SGV is unmatched as far as Chinese food in the US. I used to frequent Wonton Time. Went to the Congee the other day and it was nowhere near as good. Sam Woo and Har Lam Kee also disappointed. standards would be soft brisket, al dente noodles, and good not too salty soup base.
Hunanese or Sichuan - I've been to one place I believe Hunan Seafood and it was decent but nothing extraordinary.
I am not moving too far but far enough where I won't be eating quality Chinese food every day.
Perhaps you should make a trip to Newport Tan Cang Seafood restaurant on Las Tunas for some Vietnamese inspired Chinese food. The dish with the filet mignon cubes and their house lobster are highly recommended. (FYI, this place is cash only). Although I really like Golden Deli, I think Pho 79 makes a better bowl of pho.
Well, my favorites are Qingdao Bread Food for fish dumplings; Silver & Gold Amazing for fish cheung fun, fried rice and noodles; 101 Noodle Express for the beef roll, and any one of the Guilin rice noodle restaurants (Eight Cafe, Dandan). You also might want to try Tianjin Bistro for their unusual NE China thick pasta type dishes.