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Sep 7, 2009 04:37 PM

Hong Kong diner-style/cafe-style restaurants in LA (SGV)

My wife is from HK and I fell in love with this stye of food. I have my favorites in HK, but I have yet to find any restaurants here that I love. Regent Cafe was good, but, alas, they've been closed for some time. I've got a craving I cannot shake. I know that there has to be a better solution than jumping on CX881 for a quick fix. My favorite dishes are baked pork chop rice, Portuguese chicken and minced beef with rice. Ladies and gentlemen, your suggestions please...

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  1. Tasty Garden, Baccali, Red Ant, China Bistro, JJ Hong Kong Cafe are all good choices.

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      1. re: pinpei

        I'd add to Ipse's list Face Cafe and Jazz Cafe. A lot of these are on Valley Blvd., which has become something of a HK cafe destination, and just about the only places to go in the SGV when you want something to eat later than 10 PM. Note that Baccali serves beer and wine, unlike a lot of the other places.

        1. re: Hailyn

          Please don't go to Face Cafe. I mean, seriously, the place would be ok if it was possible for loud, obnoxious Taiwanese techno-pop to drown out insipid food, but alas, our taste buds do not work that way. Sika (its predecessor in that same location) actually had *better* food, which says quite a bit about Face Cafe's fare ...

      2. re: ipsedixit

        The Red Ant Cafe in SG is no more as far as I know. Did they move somewhere?

        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          They've been gone from San Gabriel for quite a while. Indeed, the restaurant that replaced them has gone, too. I think you have to go to their Rowland Heights branch in Diamond Plaza.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          I now have enjoyed the baked pork chop rice at Tasty Garden, Baccali and JJ Hong Kong Cafe. I liked all three, but put Baccali on the bottom. I didn't think the canned vegetable medley in the sauce was a winner. Going back to all three for different dishes. Thanks again for the suggestions!

        3. Old Country Cafe
          2 East Valley Blvd
          Alhambra, CA 91801
          (626) 284-4610

          They have been commended elsewhere on this Board, especially for their PCR . . .

          . . . a fact you might have gleaned yourself if you weren't so busy eating beef rolls at 101 Noodle Express. ;-)

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          1. re: Pigeage

            Old Country Cafe is not a Hong Kong style cafe.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Ipsedixit is right. It's a Taiwanese joint.

              1. re: pinpei

                Would any of the HK style cafes have a roast pork dinner like at the old Woey Louie Goey (the Underground) in San Francisco? TIA.

                1. re: Galen

                  Been to Woey Loey Goey, but never had the roast pork dinner.
                  Something close might be the bbq pork on rice with gravy at Paul's Kitchen downtown, not on the menu, you have to ask for it.

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

            2. Anyone know how Hong Kong Deli is?
              301 W. Valley Blvd. San Gabriel

              It's in the same shopping center as J&J (Jin Jiang dumpling) and it always looks like it's busy.

              I like the minced beef on rice at Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra.

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              1. re: monku

                Sam Woo isn't a Hong Kong style diner/cafe.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  OP was looking for good minced beef on rice.

                  1. re: monku

                    Different preps for HK cafes versus what you would find at a Sam Woo.

              2. Try Face Cafe. Recently I had the Baked pork chop rice and liked it. It's probably not what your wife could rate as excellent being from HK, but not bad for LA. To give a comparison, I find they make the sauce for the pork chop rice better than JJ Cafe when I last ate there, and I think pretty well of JJ overall.

                I saw that someone does not recommend it. I guess some people like it, some don't. Hope you find a few restaurants that you like.

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                1. re: chowhoundwoof

                  Face Cafe, as every HK-style cafe which it replaced on that corner, is atrocious. Even the usually irrelevant Yelp reviews supports the fact.

                  I personally really enjoy the ying yang burnt coffee / tea at KT's, but I have NO idea why.