Hop Woo - Olympic & Sepulveda
- jackt May 23, 2006 01:14 PM
Is this place any good? Or alternatives nearby would be appreciated. Sorry I tried using search but to no avail.
re: Ciao Bob
I was stuck there one lunch and sat down at Hop Woo. Took awhile to get someone's attention. Ordered the shredded pork with garlic sauce as a lunch special. Hot'n'sour soup was pretty good. Entree portion was generous and tasty. It was a bit more expensive than Cheng Du on Pico between Barrington and Gateway, and not as tasty or friendly, but ok. Tables nearby seemed happier with roasted duck and chinese vege dishes, and they have a special for larger orders.
What is bad off the menu? Every restaurant has it's bad and goods..... I'm interested in what to avoid.
from the last meal, the Pepper-Salt Fried Porkchop 椒鹽炸排骨 (P:jiao yan zha pai gu) wasn't very good.
its not too bad considering the competition it faces on the westisde (or lack thereof). lol. if i am in the mood for a quick cantonese meal and do not want to drive east, i usually go to hop woo.
bottomline......the food is good, but do not expect anything stellar.
Hop Woo is sort of a lower-rung Chinese place, including the one in Chinatown, which is pretty much the same as the Olympic one, so I don't understand why people keep posting that the Chinatown one is better. The food is heavy and tastes like it's been sitting around even if it was just cooked.
However, it's considered good for the westside. At least it's authentic.
There's also Hop Li on Pico by the westside pavilion; it's a little Americanized, but what ya gonna do.
For Northern Chinese, try Hu's Szechwan on National. Some of their dishes are really good, ie, cheng pi chicken, yu hsiang eggplant.
slacker, I disagree with your assessment of Hop Woo Chinatown. I've been to it 2x in the last 2 months and I've food to be very good. However, I would consider it lower rung... it's not clean enough for my standards.. nor does the cheesy tourist decor score any points. It setup to attract tourists but food is authentic and wonderfully good. The last two times, we ordered mostly off the wall (daily specials written in Chinese only) and have found the food to be exceptional....
for those interested, I've got a couple of reviews and pics in my blog.
Hop Woo Chinatown Visit 1
Hop Woo Chinatown Visit 2
I also have a 3rd post coming up, but it about the tourist and Chinese restaurant culture/operations aspect.....
Just went to hop woo and got the salt and pepper squid, which was lousy. And the "chicken in black bean sauce and spice" which was mediocre. Damn. Hop Li is much more pleasing, if I can remember. Still, you should avoid chinese and go persian if you're in the neighborhood -- right?
I ordered "special beef fillet"and realized I was eating liver. The waiter and manager stonewalled when confronted, finally admitted "but beef filet is small meat"!!! Moreover, the sause, marked as spicy had no spice or heat whatever, and was just OK. Rockfish, I forget which one, was fresh and ample but the sauce was bland and disappointing.