Chinese

101 Noodle Express

1408 East Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 91801

(626) 300-8654

Each element bundled into this burrito-like staple from eastern China is important.

Website: http://101noodleexpress.com

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888 Seafood Restaurant

8450 E. Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91770

626-573-1888

Dim sum can be expensive, but 888 serves a parade of excitement-packed steamer baskets that start as low as two bucks.

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ABC Seafood

708 New High St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-680-2887

At this bustling, Hong Kong-style seafood house, huge tanks of squirming edibles ring the dining room…

Website: http://abcseafood.net

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Bamboo

14010 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91423

818-788-0202

Arguably the best Chinese restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, this modernistic eatery is always packed…

Website: http://bamboocuisine.com

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Bao Dim Sum House

8256 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-655-6556

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…

Website: http://www.baodimsum.com/

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Beijing Pie House

846 E. Garvey Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91755

626-288-3818

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.

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CBS Seafood Restaurant

700 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-617-2323

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.

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Cha For Tea

5720 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90803

562-668-5100

A generations-old Taiwanese company called Ten Ren owns tea stores around the world…

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Chengdu Taste

828 W Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 91803

626-588-2284

The San Gabriel Valley is filled with magnificent Szechuan cooking.

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Din Tai Fung

1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91007

626-574-7068

The owners of Din Tai Fung recently opened a second location—one block away—just for the spillover…

Website: http://dintaifungusa.com

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Duck House

501 S. Atlantic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91754

626-284-3227

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…

Website: http://www.duckshouse.com/

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Empress Pavilion

Chinatown Bamboo Plaza, 988 N. Hill St., Ste. 201, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-617-9898

You’ll find a feast of dishes to split here: roast pork, suckling pig, shredded duck with jellyfish…

Website: http://empresspavilion.com

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Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-239-0642

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

Website: http://www.faithandflowerla.com/

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Foo Chow Restaurant

949 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-485-1294

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.

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Full House Seafood Restaurant

963 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-617-8382

This seafood house heaps it on till 3 a.m., dazzling patrons with deep-fried shrimp and squid in spicy salt…

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Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia, CA, 91007

626-445-7232

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

Website: http://www.haidilao.us

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Happy Kitchen

301 W. Valley Blvd., Ste. 111, Los Angeles, CA, 91776

626-284-2619

The menu highlights dishes from the northeastern city of Harbin, including a casserole of lamb and pickled napa cabbage…

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Hsi Lai Temple

3456 S. Glenmark Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91745

626-961-9697

A Buddhist monastery contains a spare dining hall, which prepares a daily lunch buffet for monks, nuns, and laymen.

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