Chinese

Hunan Chilli King

534 E. Valley Blvd., Ste. 2, Los Angeles, CA, 91776

626-288-7993

Unprepossessing it is, but Hunanese cooking—magnificently direct, stoked on the region’s red chilies—has no better showcase. Cured meat is a staple in western China…

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J & J Restaurant

301 W Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 91776

626-308-9238

Along with terrific soup dumplings, this restaurant serves popular Shanghai-style dim sum…

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Jtyh Restaurant

9425 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91770

626-442-8999

This small noodle shop specializes in knife-cut noodles from the northern inland province of Shanxi. Order them in a clear beef or lamb soup.

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Kam Hong Garden

848A E. Garvey Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91755

626-280-9318

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the knife-cut noodles being made at Kam Hong, an eight-table cube of glass near the intersection of New and Garvey avenues in Monterey Park…

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Meizhou Dongpo

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310-788-0120

Upscale Chinese is a hot commodity, with places like Beverly Hills’ Hakkasan and West Hollywood’s Chi Lin offering ritzy renditions of kung pao chicken.

Website: http://www.meizhou.com.cn/

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Mr. Chow

344 N. Camden Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-278-9911

Mr. Chow rules, beating out runners-up Cut, the Grill, and Barney Greengrass, thanks to a loyal following of agents and studio execs, often with their stars in tow…

Website: http://mrchow.com

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Noodle Boy

8518 E. Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90032

626-280-8963

Wontons, as big as golf balls and crammed with fat shrimp, are the ticket at this tidy Cantonese noodle house.

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Ocean Seafood

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

213-687-3088

One of Old Chinatown’s premier seafood houses, with a dim sum lunch some say is the best in town…

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Ocean Star

145 N. Atlantic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91754

626-308-2128

Many call this the best and most authentic Chinese restaurant in Southern California…

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Old Country Café

2 E. Valley Blvd., Ste. 1E, Los Angeles, CA, 91801

626-284-4610

In the third century B.C., Chu Yuan, a beloved Chinese statesman, was distraught over his falling out with the emperor…

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Omar Xinjiang Halal Restaurant

1718 N. New Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91776

626-570-9778

Just off Valley Boulevard, this place focuses on Uighur cuisine from the northwestern province of Xinjiang…

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Pearl’s Restaurant

644 W. Garvey Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91754

626-284-2761

The pancake in Pearl’s homemade shredded pancake-beef soup is actually linguine-size crepe strips with a texture somewhere between that of fried dumpling dough and flaky pastry…

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Peking Tavern

806 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-988-8308

At the casual downtown haunt, owners Andrew Chiu and Andrew Wong have channeled the comfort food of Beijing.

Website: http://tooguapo.com/Peking_Tavern/HOME.html

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Pine & Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

323-668-1128

We’re not sure what percentage of the chic and shaggy set crowding the blond wood tables has ventured to the San Gabriel Valley, but who cares?

Website: http://www.pineandcrane.com/

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Plum Tree Inn

913 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-613-1819

Chinatown’s Plum Tree Inn, which eschews basics like chopsticks, hardly seems like the destination for stellar Peking duck…

Website: http://www.plumtreeinn.com/

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Savoy Kitchen

138 E. Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91801

626-308-9535

This busy corner café is the place for Hainan chicken rice, tender pieces of boneless boiled chicken served on a mound of broth-soaked grains…

Website: http://savoykitchen.net/

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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91770

626-288-3939

Wok seared with garlic and chilies, the Hong Kong-style Dungeness crab will have you debating whether to lick your fingers or dunk them into the proffered cleansing bowls…

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Shaanxi Gourmet

8518 E. Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91770

626-283-5188

Home of the terra-cotta warriors, the Shaanxi province is also known for its flatbread, or mo.

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