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

pinpei Sep 7, 2009 04:37 PM

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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    chowhoundwoof Sep 27, 2009 03:15 AM

    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
      TonyC Sep 28, 2009 01:26 PM

      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.

    2. monku Sep 24, 2009 08:16 PM

      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
        ipsedixit Sep 24, 2009 10:56 PM

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

        1. re: ipsedixit
          monku Sep 25, 2009 04:58 AM

          OP was looking for good minced beef on rice.

          1. re: monku
            ipsedixit Sep 25, 2009 08:57 AM

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

      2. Pigeage Sep 8, 2009 12:45 PM

        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
          ipsedixit Sep 8, 2009 02:19 PM

          Old Country Cafe is not a Hong Kong style cafe.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            raytamsgv Sep 25, 2009 04:24 PM

            Ipsedixit is right. It's a Taiwanese joint.

          2. re: Pigeage
            pinpei Sep 8, 2009 02:44 PM

            Yep, that was me.

            1. re: pinpei
              Galen Sep 8, 2009 02:52 PM

              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
                monku Sep 24, 2009 08:21 PM

                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

          3. ipsedixit Sep 7, 2009 11:01 PM

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

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              pinpei Sep 8, 2009 01:06 AM

              Thanks! I'll check them out.

              1. re: pinpei
                Hailyn Sep 8, 2009 09:06 AM

                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
                  ipsedixit Sep 8, 2009 09:10 AM

                  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
                taiwanesesmalleats Sep 8, 2009 10:12 AM

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

                1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                  Chandavkl Sep 8, 2009 10:14 AM

                  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
                  pinpei Sep 24, 2009 02:56 PM

                  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!

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