ISO Good Northern Chinese Restaurant for Picky Singaporeans in SGV
Per the title, I'm trying to find some good recommendations for Northern Chinese cuisine in SGV for a couple of picky Singaporean foodie friends for Wednesday evening. Not interested in Southern Chinese cuisines, as this power couple is native to Hong Kong and Singapore, and will not be satisfied with anything they can find easily back home.
Bonus points for places in the vicinity of the 99 Ranch in Focus Plaza, as my guests would like to take their collegiate children shopping for "real food" they can cook.
if they're really gourmands of HK level discernment, i doubt any place here would really match up well that kind of palate & expectations. also, north is IMO equivocal; as in sichuan/hunan or the cuisines influenced by the mongols such as dongbei/uighur? if the latter, then maybe shen yang as tonyc suggests or maybe omar. but those regional cuisines really don't reflect a lot of finesse IMO and may seem... unrefined for want of a better way of putting it.
if it's more hunan/sichuan they want, why not chengdu taste? they're probably as close to cutting edge as you'll find in the SGV at the moment for non-southern chinese.
Best to find an alternative to Chinese -' bring them for Mexican, BBQ, pastrami, Mastro's or something quintessentially LA. Or even Japanese like yamakase or shunji. My power Singaporean visitor was happiest chomping on a pastrami sandwich at Brent's.
The Singapore dining scene has gone nuts the past several years.
You'll be fighting a losing battle against places like this
Thanks for all the help! Shen Yang was a strong contender, but we ended up going to Dalian Small Stone Restaurant in Rosemead.
A thoroughly enjoyable meal! We had pig's ear and cucumber cold plate, beef tripe dry-fried with chili, blood sausage, a special consisting of northern mushrooms cabbage and pork, spanish mackeral dumplings, and two soups (I forget which ones at this time, sorry).
Delicious. So good, in fact, that we stayed so long that we only had 15 minutes to shop at 99 Ranch before they closed!