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Hunanese Recommendation For SGV

banjoboy Mar 19, 2011 10:09 AM

I have friends visiting from Houston, who originally come from Hunan province (50 years ago). I took them to Hunan Seafood a few years back, which they enjoyed, but I was hoping to try a new place. Suggestions?

Hunan Seafood Restaurant
8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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  1. ipsedixit RE: banjoboy Mar 19, 2011 11:43 AM

    Xiang Wei Lou.

    Hunan Chili King is good, but much more greasy and oily than is good for anyone not on a daily Zocor regiment.

    Chili King
    10623 Hawthorne Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304

    Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
    227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Mar 19, 2011 03:29 PM

      I like Hunan Style (formerly Hunan's), across the street from Hunan Chilli (sic) King. To me, it's a bit more versatile. Sadly, it seems to get little to no mention.

      I also concur completely with ipsedixit's assessment of Hunan Chilli King.

      ipse, what would you recommend at Xiang Wei Lou?

      Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
      227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. re: JThur01
        ipsedixit RE: JThur01 Mar 19, 2011 04:18 PM

        Any of the pork offal dishes at Xiang Wei Lou are excellent, esp. the intestines and the feet skins. Smoked meats should also be on the itinerary, as well as a steamed whole fish in mustard cabbage soup.

        1. re: JThur01
          Peripatetic RE: JThur01 Mar 19, 2011 04:32 PM

          I like:

          - steamed pork with sun-dried vegetables
          - smoked duck with dried string beans
          - ma po tofu

          Also the steamed whole fish that ipse mentioned is outstanding.

          1. re: JThur01
            Peripatetic RE: JThur01 Mar 20, 2011 01:45 AM

            BTW, what do you recommend at Hunan Style?

            1. re: Peripatetic
              JThur01 RE: Peripatetic Mar 21, 2011 04:57 PM

              Thanks for the Xiang Wei Lou recs ipse and Peripatetic.

              As far as recommendations for Hunan Style, I've had quite a few dishes there and thought all were good. The fish head hot pot was very good, thin sliced lamb (either braised or stir fried, both were good), each pork dish I've had was quite good and I really enjoyed the intestine. Generally, Hunan Style seems to use more veggies in addition to the usual compliment of peppers, so it gives a wider range of flavor. I realize that's not a lot of help, but I'm having trouble singling anything out, which is a compliment really.

              In dinner with a large group, where I didn't do the ordering, I had a sausage with vegetable dish that was very good, the epitome of smokiness and complimented perfectly by the veggies. But, since I didn't order it, I can't find it since. D'oh!

              Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
              227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

              1. re: JThur01
                Jerome RE: JThur01 Mar 21, 2011 05:04 PM

                sometimes sausages are translated as intestines. sometimes though intestines are just intestines.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            sushigirlie RE: ipsedixit Mar 20, 2011 10:07 AM

            I agree re Hunan Chili King.

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            Jerome RE: banjoboy Mar 20, 2011 12:35 AM

            xiang wei lou is qutie good.
            the new hunan chilli king (they moved) is in the same mall as Lucky Noodle King sichuan and Jing Jin Za Jia Cai - aka tianjin, 534 e valley blvd, san gabriel.

            Lucky Noodle King
            534 E Valley Blvd #10, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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            1. re: Jerome
              banjoboy RE: Jerome Mar 20, 2011 05:37 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. We ended getting food from Xiang Wei Lou (take away). My guests (and I) were very happy. We had the steamed fish (excellent), green beans and smoked bacon, tofu gan with celery (very good for the non-spicy eating kids), lamb with cumin, mapo tofu, smoked delicacies, and a few other dishes. My friends from Hunan decided they didn't want to try the intestines until they had verified the quality of the other items. Happy to report that on our next visits, the intestines will be on the menu.

              Thanks again, CH'ers.

              Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
              227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

            2. Hughlipton RE: banjoboy Mar 21, 2011 05:26 PM

              Years ago there used to be a place in a mall on Broadway in Los Angeles called the Hunan. They closed and I heard they had moved out to SGV or thereabouts. Are any of the places mentioned in this post the place that used to be in Chinatown? Thanks for any help.

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