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May 26, 2010 12:28 AM

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. 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...