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Nov 23, 2009 09:23 AM

Chinese, Monterey Park, Thanksgiving?

We're tired of roasting turkeys in the Valley and thought MP/Chinese would be fun. There are so many reviews here and we've never been. Recommendations for current bests?

Thank you!

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  1. Can you be a bit more specific?

    Asking for "Chinese" in "Monterey Park" is sort of like walking up car dealer and asking "What's a good car to buy?"

    1. You could order a turkey and rice prepared Asian style from U2 Cafe & BBQ for about $40.

      1. I would love to be more specific. But I can't! I don't know my provinces! Seafood? :0

        1. It would be helpful if you could provide some more information. Here are some questions that would help clarify your request:

          1. Does anyone in your party speak any dialect of Chinese?
          2. What is the price range?
          3. Is the decor/ambience important (i.e. a hole-in-the-wall joint versus a nice place)?
          4. Are there any dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian, no seafood, etc.)?
          5. Are you looking for dim sum, noodle dishes, rice dishes, or anything else in particular?
          6. Are you looking for seafood, beef, pork, chicken, duck, or other types of meat dishes?
          7. How adventurous are the people in your group?

          4 Replies
          1. re: raytamsgv

            I'll chime in here as I'm in a similar situation. Will be in Baldwin Park Thursday-Saturday, and have 1 meal each day which I'd like to use trying three different Chinese restaurants. Willing to drive 20 minutes. Will be near the 10. One meal will definitely be for lunch, the other two can be lunch or dinner.
            -No one speaks or reads any Chinese
            -About $20 per person
            -Decor doesn't matter. Looking for good food.
            -Prefer seafood over any other meat
            -Love dim sum, noodles, soups and rice
            -Seafood is the preferred meat
            -A little adventurous, but want to know what we're eating

            1. re: THINK_BLUE

              Here are some recommendations:

              Thursday: Hong Kong-style lunch at Tasty Garden in Arcadia. This is located on the SE corner of Baldwin and Duarte. The parking and entrance are both behind the restaurant.

              Friday: Dim sum at Sea Harbour Restaurant in Rosemead. You order the dim sum from a menu. I'm sure they'll give you the English menu. It's located on the west side of Rosemead Blvd. just south of Valley Blvd. You will need to do a U-Turn if you're coming from the 10 (I think it's allowed at the intersection of Rosemead and Valley). I believe they open at 10 AM. There may be a line to get in.

              Saturday: Chiu-Chou-style dinner at Seafood Village in Temple City. There's a parking lot behind the restaurant. Enter the restaurant from the parking lot, not from Las Tunas.

              These restaurants have fairly good menus in English. Tasty Garden and Seafood Village have many pictures on their menus.

              Other possibilities are:

              Din Tai Fung (Arcadia): mostly Shanghai-style dumplings
              Luscious Dumpling (San Gabriel): really good dumplings. Go there early for lunch, because it's a small place.

              Happy eating!

              1. re: raytamsgv

                Thanks for the recommendations!

                We did Seafood Village for lunch and dinner. The crab, which is fried with a garlic seasoning, is great. House special fried rice, green beans with minced meat, kung pao scallops and chui chou shrimp were all delicious. Only the house special noodles were not good. Very slimy and tasteless. There is a Seafood Village in Rowland Heights which has to be related as the menu items and business cards are identical. I was there a month back and it's just as good as the Temple City location.

                Sea Harbour for dinner. Not as good as Seafood Village, but very close. Had prawn balls, cod, scallops, crispy noodles and fried rice (both with seafood). Would go back.

                But my favorite was Din Tai Fung for lunch. Delicious vegetarian and shrimp and pork dumplings, as well as shrimp fried rice and shrimp noodles (we do love shrimp). Very nice, clean, modern dining area. Great service. Will have to go back to try the soup dumplings, as they had run out (not that I need an excuse to go back).