Purists might balk at the thought of authentic dim sum available west of Monterey Park or Chinatown, but many of the dishes here come close to the real thing…
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
No pecan or pumpkin here. These pies are flattened bao dumplings that have been stuffed with ground lamb, ground beef, or a mix of pork, garlic chives, and black tree fungus, then pan fried to a golden brown. For a true taste of northern China, order a plateful with handmade Beijing-style noodles.
The cooking of Guangdong, as we refer to the province now, was for many Angelenos the point of entry to Chinese cuisine, and when the platter of beef with oyster sauce is rushed from the kitchen, well, it’s like coming home.
At places like Beijing’s Quanjude, Peking duck takes days to prepare. At others in Chinatown and around local malls, you get the feeling that a fryer has helped the process along…
You’ll find a feast of dishes to split here: roast pork, suckling pig, shredded duck with jellyfish…
Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center
Neighborhood: Historic South-Central
The signage outside that reads Rush Hour Was Shot Here might suggest a tourist trap, but the menu at this Chinatown landmark authentically represents regional Chinese cooking.
At peak times the wait to gain entry into Hai Di Lao Hot Pot—Arcadia’s wildly popular Chinese hot pot import—can take up to three hours
The menu highlights dishes from the northeastern city of Harbin, including a casserole of lamb and pickled napa cabbage…