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Hu'z Szechuan, on National and Motor

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kevin Nov 28, 2010 06:35 PM

Has anyone tried this place? Is it any good for the Westside?

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  1. Chandavkl RE: kevin Nov 28, 2010 06:59 PM

    Mentioned numerous times on this board--some people like it. Prior to the mid-1990s when places like VIP Harbor, J.R. Seafood and Royal Star opened up, it was the best Chinese restaurant on the Westside, but that is not meant entirely as a compliment. Generally falls outside of the "authentic" category when compared to SGV or even Chinatown, but they served some decent Chinese food in its day. However, in today's environment, I'd go to Mandarin Kitchen, Hop Woo, Little Hong Kong or Hop Li first, unless I wanted to stay away from Cantonese food.

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    Little Hong Kong Cafe
    2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Hop Woo Restaurant
    1 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

    Mandarin Kitchen
    1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. Tripeler RE: kevin Nov 28, 2010 07:21 PM

      Hu'z on first?

      1. echoparkdirt RE: kevin Nov 28, 2010 07:31 PM

        Hu's Szechuan is like jason in friday the 13th -- every time i think i've killed him, he rises up here. Hu's is a travesty, an embarrassment to the Chinese people. The consensus from my previous poking around the West Side Chowhound Chinese LA folks is that Mandarin Kitchen is the place to go. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7472...

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        Mandarin Kitchen
        1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          kevin RE: echoparkdirt Nov 28, 2010 11:23 PM

          is that the joint in the same minimall as Peeet's coffee and eduardo's mexican cuisine?

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            nosh RE: kevin Nov 30, 2010 05:10 PM

            yes

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            Jerome RE: echoparkdirt Dec 4, 2010 02:25 PM

            just looked at their menu. Their cantonese offerings are interesting and look quite good. Their non-canto offerings are insulting (mandarin kitchen). mu shu is explained as chiense fajitas. Muxu (Muxi) dishes are nothign like fajitas. except there's a "tortilla". this is nuts. the non-canto offerigns are limited and scary - general tso chicken scary. teh clay pot, fu yong,chow fun and some seafood look promisintg (gai lan as well). I'd say just from the meny, stay away from anything with "Szechwan sauce" in the description.
            just my gut.
            doesn't mean it can't be tasty. Some folks like spicy tuna and "dynamite," "rainbow" rolls etc.

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            nosh RE: kevin Nov 28, 2010 07:57 PM

            I like Hu's, and have recommended it on this board. But you do have to be careful when ordering. I like the lunch specials -- the kung pao chicken or the twoce-cooked pork (I order mine w/o tofu), the eggplant if I'm sharing with a group (too greasy and one-note for a whole plate). Their hot n sour soup is good spiced up with a little soy and hot chili oil, and I really appreciate the small Chinese chicken salad that comes between courses. Avoid the sweet n sour and the chop suey. Hu's and Mandarin Kitchen are in my steady lunch rotation -- Hop Woo and the Hop Lis have fallen off, along with Cheng Du (the former Chung King).

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            Hop Woo
            11110 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Cheng Du Restaurant
            11538 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Mandarin Kitchen
            1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              fdb RE: kevin Nov 28, 2010 10:58 PM

              I go there for Beef Noodle Soup. Authentic and tasty.

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                Tari RE: kevin Nov 29, 2010 07:15 AM

                I use to live close to Hu's and I tried it numerous dishes, but was never able to really like it. In my opinion, it was barely edible. I would normally just order delivery from Fu's Palace instead.

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

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                  echoparkdirt RE: Tari Nov 29, 2010 05:34 PM

                  im still looking for a great ny-corner style eggrolls and fried rice place....

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                    mopeyboy RE: echoparkdirt Dec 15, 2010 09:47 PM

                    echoparkdirt,
                    Asking the same recently about fried rice. Have not tried a couple places recommended yet but for egg rolls, the closest I ever had was Genghis Cohen, on Fairfax. Haven't been there in years but they used to have an egg roll with nice pebbly skin and it contained pork, shrimp, cabbage (I think it was cabbage), and some other vegetables. Their mustard was screaming hot. Not the watered down stuff at many other places.

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

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                  Eastside Eater RE: kevin Nov 30, 2010 01:46 PM

                  I like the won ton soup at Hu's. It is one of the best I have had. It takes me back to my college days. I had a friend who lived in the area. I also remember parking being tough.

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: Eastside Eater Dec 1, 2010 03:00 AM

                    My memories of Hu's was most from the '70's. I liked their sizzling rice soup. Loved the theatre of it too.

                    But their Kung Pao chicken had a thick, rich, spicy caramel coating. I honestly wouldn't know what "traditional" Kung Pao chicken is supposed to taste like, but their's was very satisfying back in the day. I doubt it's the same today.

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

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                      nosh RE: foodiemahoodie Dec 3, 2010 03:23 PM

                      Kung pao sauce at Hu's, for the chicken or the shrimp, still the same. Very good dish.

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                        fdb RE: nosh Dec 14, 2010 07:42 PM

                        Hu's is run by a family. Their Kung Pao sauce is grandma Hu's own recipe.

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

                  2. gtimber RE: kevin Dec 3, 2010 05:20 PM

                    They are inconsistent, but at their best they are only about 3.5 stars. Still, what's better within 10 miles?

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                    Hu's Szechwan Restaurant
                    10450 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                      foodiemahoodie RE: gtimber Dec 14, 2010 12:21 AM

                      3.5 stars? On whose scale is that? Are these gtimber stars? Out of five? Four? Ten?

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                        wilafur RE: gtimber Dec 16, 2010 09:32 AM

                        mandarin kitchen is lightyears better and is +/- 2miles away.

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