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Mar 31, 2013 08:51 PM

King Hua Restaurant (Alhambra) Dinner Review

Reposting this again:

Did not find a thread here about King Hua's dinner, so here's one.


1. Craving for some good canto-influenced chinese food.
2. Missed the old The Kitchen on Valley
4. Did not care for Sea Habor or Elite
5. Decided to try King Hua since we liked their dim sum

What we ordered:

1. Sea cucumber with fish maw, chinese mustard and tofu.
- Generous serving of sea cucumbers, just right chewiness
- Fish maw was very interesting; it absorbed the sauce and chinese mustard over the cause of the dinner.
- Tofu was tofu
- Chinese mustard was green and fresh!

2. E-fu noodles with mushrooms
- Not too watery, used 4 different types of mushrooms

3. Steamed eggplant special
- with ground pork and preserved vege
- was steamed just right and the sauce was perfect
- would have gone better with white rice but we already had noodles

All 3 were EXCELLENT and we have very biased Singaporean taste buds.

Desserts was the green bean soup which was thick and excellent (not the diluted type served elsewhere).

In all, the price is worth it due to the high quality and fresh ingredients used.

Not sure why this place is not more popular. The food was on par with some of the good chinese restaurants back in Singapore.

Was sad to see it was not more busy on a Saturday evening.

This will be our go-to place from now on for a good chinese/canto dinner.

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  1. Will need to try them for dinner

    though i'm not sure singaporean-cantonese standards are that high.. Then again I didn't go to singapore to look for cantonese food heh

    7 Replies
    1. re: blimpbinge

      Speaking of S'pore, I want to see/eat more good Teo Chew and Penang cuisine in L.A.!

      1. re: J.L.

        i hope for more too, it seems like malaysians & singaporeans just don't find the need to immigrate here to open up many restaurants

        their taste is quite different from chinese in socal though

        1. re: blimpbinge

          I want to see more Banquest style Chiu Chow.

          Any leads ?

          1. re: kevin

            Seafood Village.

            Not even a close call.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              +1 seafood village is usually where my family ends up, for some reason we go to the las tunas one

              1. re: blimpbinge

                Same here. The Temple City branch just seems "better" than the Monterey Park branch -- better in a way that I can't exactly put my finger on.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  The Temple City branch also has better parking and waiting area. When I went to the MPk, we had to wait in the parking lot.

    2. Not sure why this place is not more popular. The food was on par with some of the good chinese restaurants back in Singapore.

      Two words: Feng and Shui.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        +1 on whatever it is about that spot that dooms whatever restaurant dares occupy it.

        King Hua is our go-to for dim sum when we don't feel like dealing with large crowds and long waits.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          not sure about the singapore comparison, but my hk friends like this place for dimsum so maybe they're doing something right

        2. Thanks for the review. We were looking for the same thing and settled on NBC for a birthday dinner. We were quite happy with the menu, although we way overordered(several dishes were doubled for our table of 10). We will try King Hua next time.

          1. Now that the topic has been broached (or poached nyuk-nyuk-nyuk): What's a good place for great E-fu noodles?

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            1. re: J.L.

              Bumping... Raising/Braising/Broaching/Poaching this e-fu noodles request. Help!

              1. re: J.L.

                Your bumping privileges have expired.

                Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

                1. re: J.L.

                  Doesn't Yazmin (in Alhambra) have something very similar to e-fu noodles?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Ipse, what do you and others rec for Seafood Village ?

                    I'll hit that up of course and then Dai Ho for dessert.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yes, please list seafood village recs now. That garlic crab and garlic prawns look AMAZING.

                      I'm already planning to head there tomorrow, based on this rec. Chiu chow fiance/future MIL will love it.

                      @ Kevin

                      wtf is dai ho?

                      1. re: ns1

                        Dai Ho Kitchen for essentially noodles with sesame sauce, beef noodle soup (the paragon of this object of desire), and asserted cold dishes from the deli case such as beef tendon and bamboo shoots.

                        Great stuff. Gruff Service. Stiff prices.

                        What's not to like ??????

                        1. re: ns1

                          did you ever make it to Seafood Village ?

                        2. re: kevin

                          House special crab, house special fish which comes in its own chafing dish, salted fish, mussels, eggplant with shrimp, pork stomach and ong tsai.