Har Lam Kee (Monterey Park) Closing
- mpken Feb 2, 2014 12:54 AM
The venerable Har Lam Kee on Garvey in Monterey Park is closing its doors after service tomorrow, Sunday, Feb 2. Apparently the lease is up and the property owner wants to remodel the space to bump up the rent. No plans to reopen after the remodel.
I'll miss their Lo Ban "The Boss'" jook and the dumplings. They had a great run and was one of the few places in Monterey Park that really felt like a caring family ran the place.
My family will be going one last time for the jook, fried tofu, rice noodle rolls, dumpling noodle soup, and to say goodbye to HLK staff. Thanks for the chow-worthy memories.
Damn! I was sure we'd have another Food Posse gathering there someday. And I don't see how the heck we can make it tonight, even just the two of us …
They alone are responsible for showing me that just because tofu has no flavor doesn't mean it can't become addictive, as in those deepfried tofu cubes I had to order every time. And the fried fish filet, the salty fish fried rice, and too many other things MUCH too long ago to remember, except that everything was good. They could have charged a good bit more and still had us, too; we would come rolling out, stuffed to the gills, toting enough leftovers for several lunches, and still get away for $10 apiece (before tip, which we always overdid).