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Sweet & Sour Pork, Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp in Lobster Sauce!! WHERE CAN I FIND THEM!!!

I'm sorry but one of my guilty pleasures (used to be) American Chinese food. You know, the classics: Sweet & Pungent chicken, mushu pork, Hot & Sour soup, etc.

BUT, ever since Seafood Port (?) closed on Washington & Lincoln 7(?) years ago, I've become DEPRESSED trying to find a decent substitute. The last month, I've sampled a variety of places and seriously wanted to puke at half of them.


I'm willing to drive (I'm in the South Bay). SGV?? China town? I'M DESPERATE!!!

Thank you in advance,


Seafood Port
21180 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

Kung Pao Restaurant
4911 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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  1. I thought a lot of Chinese places serve these since these are the kind of dishes people who aren't hard core Chinese foodies often know. Heck I've seen some Chinese places offer teriyaki chicken (a Japanese dish). I haven't eaten there in a while, but they do serve those dishes you mention in your header at Tasty Kitchen in Gardena on Artesia. The only one of those 3 you mention I've had there is the shrimp with lobster sauce and it was fine by me. http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta... I'm sure people who know more than me will chime in sooner or later. Good luck.

    Tasty Kitchen
    1324 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

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    1. re: Feed_me

      Tasty Kitchen in Gardena on Artesia has great seafood, lobster specials in any sauce and good hot and sour soup. The moo shu is perfect as well as the hot and sour soup.
      Also, Twin Dragon on Pico is a throw back to the 60's with excellent food. Shrimp in lobster sauce, wonton soup and sweet and sour pork.

      Tasty Kitchen
      1324 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

    2. The restaurant you were refering to was Oriental Seafood Inn. The original owner/chef sold that place, started JR's in West LA, arguably the best Chinese place on the Westside. He then sold JR's to Hop Li. He has started a new restaurant in Chinatown called JR Bistro. I haven't been, but had heard great things. It's a different menu from OSI, but you might give it a try.

      Below is a fantastic post about the state of Americanized Chinese food in LA. I hope you find something here.


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      1. re: Ogawak

        Ogawak, how insightful your post was!!! What was your opinion of OSI? It was my favorite place for that type of food. Do you have any other places you like? I'm gonna have to give JR's a try.

        I will say OSI's Hot & Sour Soup never impressed me though...

        1. re: upstarter

          Thank you, Upstarter. Actually I miss JR's in West LA as much as you miss OSI. I loved their lemon chicken. I need to get to JR's Bistro sometime.

          I did like OSI a lot as well before JR's opened.

          Paul's Kitchen in Downtown LA (Actually Old Chinatown) still turns out decent food. I've been meaning to try Chinese Garden in Montebello. As the post I referred you to indicated, that kind of Chinese food is unfortunately a dying art.

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

          Chinese Garden
          856 N Garfield Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

      2. One of the best shrimp in lobster sauce reminiscnt of days gone by is in a little strip mall in North Hollywood at a place called BBQ Unlimited. They also have sweet and sour pork and kung pao checken. No mu shu however. Great prices. It is located on Sherman Way just west of Coldwater Canyon on the north side of the street. Blink and you will miss it.

        BBQ Unlimited
        4806 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        1. Hello!

          I'd suggest King Fu and Twin Dragon - both on Pico east of Robertson...

          King Fu Restaurant
          8681 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. Pretty good 1950's style chinese food that you are looking for is at Szechwan Restaurant in Manhattan Beach on Sepulveda Blvd. Gooey, sausey and a blast to the past in taste.

            924 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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            1. re: wienermobile

              I live right across the street from this place. It's not as good as the best of American Chinese food that I've eaten from the past...

            2. Yang Chow.

              Yang Chow Restaurant
              3777 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Second Yang Chow, which is also located in Chinatown and Woodland Hills.

                I'm partial to Chi Dynasty in Los Feliz, and although I haven't been there in years, Genghis Cohen on Fairfax near Melrose.

                Genghis Cohen
                740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                Yang Chow Restaurant
                819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                Yang Chow
                6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

                Chi Dynasty
                1813 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                1. re: maxzook

                  Mandarin Kitchen in Westwood satisfies those American Chinese food cravings. Also, their won ton soup is fabulous.

                  Mandarin Kitchen
                  1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  1. re: maxzook

                    Just went to the one in Woodland hills and it was not very good. Everything was undercooked and it looked like they cooked for several tables at a time.
                    That said, if you are in LA, go to HUNAN TASTE on Olympic and San Vincente, a block east of Fairfax on the north side of the street. Related to Yang Chow, but better. They are very accomodating, and the food is very good. they have everthing you are looking for.

                    Yang Chow Restaurant
                    3777 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                    1. re: paprkutr

                      Second Hunan Taste - I love their Slippery Shrimp and Hunan Chicken. My co-workers and I actually really like going there for lunch too - they have good lunch specials (hot and sour soup, small salad and large entree of your choice) for about $10. Also, we can be in and out w/in an hour, even if it's a large group.

                      Hunan Taste
                      6031 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                2. Howard's Cafe
                  1051 S. Alavarado St.
                  L.A. CA, 90006

                  Get one of Howard's combo specials


                  Express Chinese Food
                  630 N Sepulveda Blvd
                  Ste 634A
                  El Segundo, CA 90245
                  (310) 322-3317

                  They have the best hot & sour soup

                  Express Chinese Food
                  630 N Sepulveda Blvd Ste 4A, El Segundo, CA 90245

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                  1. re: WSB

                    paul's kitchen in downtown or chinese garden in montebello...both been around since 60's and good chop suey grub

                    1. re: rickym13

                      Fu's Palace on Pico near Robertson has a good shrimp with lobster sauce, kung pao, egg foo young, hot and sour soup, egg rolls and other Americanized Chinese menu items. Plus, Gary and Margaret, the owners are always so helpful and nice.

                      Fu's Palace
                      8751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                      1. re: handlertaper

                        New Moon Restaurant in Montrose (by Glendale) is a nice gem - they have a untraditional Chinese Chicken Salad (one of their signature dishes) that's wonderful (lightly seasoned), great Chix and Beef dishes. The Montrose location just did a remodel and now has a full sized bar. Their original restaurant is located in downtown LA & a few years ago they just opened a place in the Valencia area,

                        New Moon Restaurant
                        2138 Verdugo Blvd, Montrose, CA 91020

                        New Moon
                        112 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                        New Moon
                        28281 Newhall Ranch Rd, Valencia, CA 91355

                        1. re: handlertaper

                          They are still there? Yay!

                          I used to live by there years ago and really enjoyed them. Good for them!