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King Hua Restaurant (Alhambra) Dinner Review

dreamcast18 Mar 31, 2013 08:51 PM

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. blimpbinge RE: dreamcast18 Mar 31, 2013 10:17 PM

    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

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    1. re: blimpbinge
      J.L. RE: blimpbinge Apr 3, 2013 04:46 PM

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

      1. re: J.L.
        blimpbinge RE: J.L. Apr 3, 2013 04:58 PM

        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
          kevin RE: blimpbinge Apr 4, 2013 06:07 PM

          I want to see more Banquest style Chiu Chow.

          Any leads ?

          1. re: kevin
            ipsedixit RE: kevin Apr 4, 2013 07:22 PM

            Seafood Village.

            Not even a close call.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              blimpbinge RE: ipsedixit Apr 4, 2013 08:10 PM

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

              1. re: blimpbinge
                ipsedixit RE: blimpbinge Apr 4, 2013 08:12 PM

                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
                  raytamsgv RE: ipsedixit Apr 5, 2013 10:40 AM

                  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. ipsedixit RE: dreamcast18 Apr 1, 2013 07:38 AM

      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
        andytseng RE: ipsedixit Apr 3, 2013 04:34 PM

        +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
          blimpbinge RE: ipsedixit Apr 3, 2013 04:57 PM

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

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          cfylong RE: dreamcast18 Apr 3, 2013 11:22 AM

          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. J.L. RE: dreamcast18 Apr 3, 2013 06:04 PM

            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.
              J.L. RE: J.L. Apr 4, 2013 09:19 PM

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

              1. re: J.L.
                kevin RE: J.L. Apr 4, 2013 09:40 PM

                Your bumping privileges have expired.

                Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

                1. re: kevin
                  J.L. RE: kevin Apr 4, 2013 11:47 PM

                  "No Bump for you!"

                2. re: J.L.
                  ipsedixit RE: J.L. Apr 5, 2013 07:55 AM

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

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    kevin RE: ipsedixit Apr 5, 2013 08:39 AM

                    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
                      ns1 RE: kevin Apr 5, 2013 10:20 AM

                      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
                        kevin RE: ns1 Apr 5, 2013 10:41 AM

                        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: kevin
                          blimpbinge RE: kevin Apr 5, 2013 12:54 PM

                          their operating hours haha

                        2. re: ns1
                          kevin RE: ns1 Apr 18, 2013 04:59 PM

                          did you ever make it to Seafood Village ?

                        3. re: kevin
                          ipsedixit RE: kevin Apr 5, 2013 12:37 PM

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

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