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Looking for good chinese restaurants to take my parents to

opqpop Dec 21, 2012 11:25 PM

Going to be in LA for a week and am looking to take my chinese parents to some good chinese food.

Total party of 3-5 people.
Budget can be up to $50/person.
Sole criteria is restaurant with authentic and good food. Authenticity is very important because my parents grew up in China and I want them to try and experience food that taste as close to what they would expect in China. I don't care how fancy the food is, whether it's chicken or abalone, as long it tastes good then I'll be happy. Service, decor, etc. doesn't matter. If possible, dish recommendations with the restaurant name would be greatly appreciated.

I'm mainly interested in trying out one place from each of these categories. I've listed out some restaurants I'm considering just from browsing some old threads:
1. Dim Sum - Sea Harbor, Elite
2. Northern Chinese Food (Beijing or more north) - Dean Sin
3. Hunan Cuisine - ?

Other categories are fine too if the restaurant is considered a must-try by hound standards :)

Some additional info about my parents' particular likes:
-dumplings/XLB/shaomai/any flour based food with meat/seafood filling inside
-grilled fish
-mei cai kou rou
-peking duck

I'm located in the Long Beach Area, so if it's closer to there it would be a plus, though this is nowhere near as important as the food.


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    jasongg06 RE: opqpop Dec 22, 2012 12:33 AM

    which part of china are they from?

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    1. re: jasongg06
      opqpop RE: jasongg06 Dec 22, 2012 10:00 AM

      hunan and jiling

    2. ipsedixit RE: opqpop Dec 22, 2012 11:46 AM

      Shanxxi Gourmet
      Beijing Pie House
      Sweethome Grill
      Luscious Dumplings
      Mei Long Village

      1. Porthos RE: opqpop Dec 22, 2012 12:05 PM

        Do you want cuisine how it used to be in China or cuisine as it is now?

        With Shanghainese:

        How it used to be: J&J aka Jin Jiang. Excellent XLB with crab roe.

        How it is now: Shanghai #1 Seafood Village. The shenjian bao are stellar.

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