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Jul 16, 2010 09:10 AM

Dish recommendations at Chung King?

What are you favorite dishes at Chung King? Going there in a couple of days... Friends who have gone before say their ordering has been hit or miss, so we're looking for some sure things to order this time. Also need recs for vegetarian dishes there. Thanks!

Chung King Restaurant
1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. Their mapo tofu is the best I've ever had. Also, their pigs ears on the appetizer buffet are superb.

    1. Fu qi fei pian (夫妻肺片, "married couple's lung slices", which contain no lung), suan ni huang gua (蒜泥黄瓜, "smashed garlic cucumbers") and 巴掌耳片 (ba zhang er pian, "palm shaped ear slices") from the cold appetizer bar.

      Shui zhu yu pian (水煮鱼片, "water-boiled fish slices") are excellent there, as is yu xiang qie zi (鱼香茄子, "fish-fragrance eggplants", which contain no fish)

      If you want a hot appetizer, try hong you chao shou (紅油抄手, "red oil folded hands") which are wonton dumplings in chile oil.

      Huo bao yao hua (火爆腰花, "fire-exploded kidney flowers") are delicate and earthy at Chung King, and guai wei ji ding (怪味鸡丁, "strange-flavour chicken cubes") are a good choice for people who might be weirded out by offal.

      Chung King Restaurant
      1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. Vegetarian dishes (I'm assuming you don't need Buddhist vegetarian, so make sure you tell them that green onion / garlic are fine):

        * mala doufu (order mapo doufu without the meat). Tell them no chicken base / chicken MSG / chicken stock, though they always claim there isn't any anyway. Pretty good here, with strong numbing Sichuan peppercorn taste.
        * Chinese leek / garlic chive (jiǔcài /韭菜) with doufu yi - forget the name on the menu. It's decent, though last time they hadn't soaked the doufu sheets enough
        * dan dan mian - not the greatest version I've had, but good enough. I forget if theirs is vegetarian by default, but can be ordered without meat.
        * gan bian si ji dou - standard Sichuan fried green beans / long beans. I believe the version is pretty good here. Should be vegetarian if ordered without meat.
        * yu xiang qiezi (eggplant) should be decent; I think it's been a while since I've had it there.
        * If the vegetarian folks eat egg, get the tomato and egg... it will also provide a nice non-spicy dish to make up for the other food you're eating.

        A few of the appetizers (the ones in the case up front) should be vegetarian as well

        Make sure you go to the one on San Gabriel.

        1. Just returned from a very successful dinner at Chung King. Thanks for all of the recommendations!
          Here's what we ordered:
          -- Sliced fish with cumin
          -- Fried chicken chunks
          -- Fish-flavored eggplant in small pot
          -- Fried green beans (without meat)
          -- Mapo Tofu (without meat)
          -- Special braised cabbage

          We loved the fish, cabbage, string beans and eggplant. Loved. Chicken was pretty good. Consensus at the table was that the tofu was not so good because the chili flavor overwhelmed the dish (although we enjoyed the texture of the tofu).

          Overall, a fantastic dining experience. Super delicious. Nice staff. Highly recommended.

          Thanks for all of the menu suggestions!!

          Chung King Restaurant
          1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776