February 13th, 2008 – by: martinikitty13
Soup dumplings (pork) at Ding Tai Fung. Love these things!
Maybe it's because my mom is a phenomenal cook and I'm spoiled from all the yummy Taiwanese food my mom makes â€¦ but I'm appalled at how horrible Chinese/Taiwanese cuisine is in LA. You can't get anything good until you get to Monterey Park, Alhambra or San Gabriel - and that is far!!! Chinatown is closer but nothing is particularly good there. Empress Pavilion and Ocean Seafood have mediocre dim sum, but that's about it. It truly is tragic.
I do have a list of places I go to eat to get Chinese or Taiwanese food, but I don't have exact addresses or names â€¦ but here goes:
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House (1108 S.
Baldwin)(Arcadia)(Cheap) ï¿½ï¿½" home to the famous soup dumplings (pork or crab morsels housed in a puffy pillow of dough with amazing broth). I can eat 3 trays of these things ï¿½ï¿½" so darn good. They also have pretty good fried rice, stir-fried veggies, etc., but everyone comes here for the dumplings.
Shrimp fried rice (Ding Tai Fung)
Newport Seafood (835 W. Las Tunas Dr.)(San Gabriel)(Average) ï¿½ï¿½" There is always a long wait here, but it's worth it to taste their famous spicy stir-fried lobster. Other highlights: fried calamari, stir-fried oysters, whole steamed fish, pea sprouts.
Happy Time CafÃ© (Rowland Heights)(Cheap) ï¿½ï¿½" I love this dive. Perhaps it's because it was one of my high school hang outs, but the food is truly delicious and cheap and you get lots of it! My favorites include: the fried pork chop with rice ï¿½ï¿½" a huge, tender, delicious chop served with rice, sautÃ©ed cabbage, pickled veggies and a roasted egg; fried chicken roll (not sure why they call it that since it's made of fish, not chicken, but whatever â€¦). Don't get me wrong ï¿½ï¿½" everything here is good, but the above are just my favorites.
Happy Harbor Restaurant (Rowland Heights)(Average for dim sum; Average/Expensive for banquet) - Really great dim sum restaurant and you order by selecting from a menu of color photos. Everything's tasty here. And service is pretty good for a chinese place, and most servers speak english.
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