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Best Kung pao chicken now?

With the decline of the kung pao at chung king, is there a new preeminent Kung pao chicken in the sgv?

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  1. New Chongqing on NE corner of San Gabriel Blvd and Las Tunas Blvd (same strip mall as the CVS).

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ipse/all - does Yunnan Garden do one? (on Las Tunas about a mile west of New Chongqing)? I really liked what I had when I was there a couple weeks ago - cumin lamb, spicy noodles with shredded pork, the good Sichuan app buffet. Seems like they could put together a pretty decent KPC.

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      Yunnan Garden
      545 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      Las Tunas Restaurant
      3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

      1. re: cant talk...eating

        It's on the menu, but never had it. Sorry.

        At a place like Yunnan Garden, the better dish to order would be the cumin chicken if you're looking to replicate the taste of traditional Sichuan Kung Pao Chicken.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        I second the recommendation of New Chongqing.

      3. I haven't been there in a while, but Hu's Szchechuan (sp?) Inn on National in West. LA. was my favorite for many years.

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        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          Hus "Szechuan" is an embarrassment to brown sauce chinese restaurants

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            You've had their Kung Pao chicken? When and what didn't you like about it? I used to go there back in the '70s. But my tastes have changed over the years. I probably haven't been there in five years, maybe ten.

            But back in the day - I thought they had the best kung pao chicken on the westside. (which isn't saying a whole lot).

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

        2. Seems like most Kung Pao chicken in LA is wimpy -- too much celery, too few peanuts, and (worst of all) too few fiery peppers. I have eaten it in SFO, Minneapolis, and New York, and it was satisfyingly spicy almost every time. I wonder why not in LA?

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

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          1. re: Tony Miller

            Then get thee somewhere authentic, like New Chongqing - as mentioned above. If you're looking for "true" Chinese, look East - to the San Gabriel Valley.

            As far as Yunnan Garden/Yunchuan Garden, I haven't tried it there either, but considering their generosity with the peppers, I have to assume they would do it well.

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            Yunnan Garden
            545 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

            New Chong Qing
            120 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

            1. re: Tony Miller

              Well, this is why my memory of Hu's is positive - plenty of peanuts and peppers and I don't recall much if any celery.

            2. Try Hunan Taste on Olympic and San Vincente. They just put spicy peppers, green onions and peanuts. You can request spicier or non spicy. They are very accomodating.

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