Return To Wah's Golden Hen For Old Time Cantonese
I've driven by Wah's Golden Hen literally hundreds of times since it's just around the corner from my in-laws' house. However it's been over 30 years since I've stepped foot in and eaten at the place, since old time Cantonese food hasn't been my first choice for, well, much more than 30 years. However, for those who are looking for that type of food, it could be what you're seeking, . They have most of the old time favorites including chop suey, egg foo yung, egg rolls, etc., and the lady behind the counter is Toishanese. They also have some items I don't recall seeing at an old time Chinese restaurant including shrimp with bitter melon and squid with green beans. I had the fried fish fillet, essentially a mild version of fish with pepper salt, which was OK. Was surprised at how much business they were doing--nearly full at 11:30 am, including guys in suits (I didn't think guys in suits worked anyplace close by). Of course, where else can you get a $3.50 lunch special (fried rice, chow mein, and your choice of egg foo yung or sweet and sour chicken). Wah's Golden Hen is at 709 N. Virgil. Fans of old time Cantonese might want to take a single trip to also hit up the other mid-city sentinel for this type of food at the same time--Bamboo Inn at 2007 W. 7th St., which has the bonus of Raymond Chandler like ambiance.
709 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Wah's has been closed for remodeling for a number of weeks. I hope it is a remodel in response to their being named this year by Eater LA as one of the top 10 Chinese restaurants outside the San Gabriel Valley, as opposed to the usual meaning when a Chinese restaurant is "Closed For Remodeling".