Monday, November 22, 2004

San Gabriel

Mei Long Village
301 W. Valley Blvd., No. 112, San Gabriel; (626) 284-4769
Solid and satisfying Shanghainese place with great soup dumplings and three-cup chicken.

Tung Lai Shun
140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel 626-288-6588
Accessible and excellent Chinese Islamic fare, heavy on the lamb and cumin and served with giant bread in lieu of rice.

Green Village
140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, 626-288-5918
Not knowing what to order I nonetheless had a great meal here, with red-cooked fish tail a highlight. Shanghainese.

Vietnam House
710 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, (626) 282-6327
Don't be afraid of the legendary seven kinds of beef, it is a truly wonderful meal that is paced by the necessary assembly and constructed for leisurely enjoyment. It is also amazingly cheap at Vietnam House in San Gabriel.

Lu Din Gee
1039 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel 626-288-0588
Authentic Beijing/Peking duck from the air compressor/drying/roasting school served "three ways" as phenomenal crispy skin wrapped in pancakes, stir-fry and soup. You won't believe that the skin and moist meat came from the same bird - not to be missed.

Mission 261
261 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, (626) 588-1666
Bling-bling dim sum unmatched except by Sea Harbor in my book, and in the same innovation-crazed style. Try it and decide for yourself. Famous for dumplings shaped like bees, fish and butterflies. I actually preferred green-wrapper shrimp and scallop.

Crown Cafe
1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel (626) 286-0298
More down-home than the late, lamented Shiang/Charming Garden (let's see what happens after they remodel), but we can be thankful that Crown Cafe has brought stunning Hunan style food back to LA. Excellent dishes whose English menu names escape me now: black lamb meat, Hunan ham with white chillis, fish head casserole, fish with Hunan sauce, "spicy over spicy" (stir fried fresh peppers).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to recommend "Indian". They don't sell Indian food, it's just named Indian. They have delicious and authentic Chinese food that go wonderfully well with a pitcher of Kirin beer. It's a great place to hang out for a midnight snack.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Seneschal said...

Yeah, Indian is great.
It's named Indian for "Native American," rather than East Indian. It's a copy of a store in Taiwan based on the same theme, the founder has opened several such stores in LA and sold them.

9:20 AM  

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