5 Essential Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles
Our 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants issue came out last week, and we're highlighting a few categories drawing from the list. Today: Chinese restaurants.
Anne Fishbein JTYH Heavy Noodle II
This is not a definitive list of the best Chinese restaurants in L.A., but it is a sampling of five that we think are each essential in their own way.
5. JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Shi Peng's knife-shaved Shanxi noodles have become respected heavy hitters in a neighborhood where pho and wonton mein are king. At JTYH Heavy Noodle II, they preside over a list of Northern Chinese dumplings cooked three ways; noodles that are either stir-fried, sauced or in soup; and a few flourishes from other regions, like a Sichuan-style, water-boiled beef and cumin-spiced lamb.
4. Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village
Anne Fishbein Pork cubes at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village.
Could Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village be the most opulent Chinese restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley? Inside this Shanghai-style banquet hall, the walls are lined with red velvet and the ceilings hung with ornate chandeliers. You probably wouldn't be surprised if the restaurant started hosting murder-mystery dinners on weekends.
3. Sea Harbour
Clarissa Wei Fish roe with scallop dumpling
There are no dim sum carts at Sea Harbour. Instead you fill out a checklist, with your items then made fresh to order. The difference in quality is noticeable. Whether you like to gnaw on fatty, delicious chicken feet or you stick to pork dumplings, you'll be happy. You can order Chinese broccoli, pork ribs, steamed buns, dry scallop and meatball congee, all for around $4 a plate.
2. Din Tai Fung
Clarissa Wei Xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung
Shanghai-style soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, dot the landscape of the San Gabriel Valley, but if you didn't know any better, you'd think famed dumpling house Din Tai Fung was the only one around. Indeed, arrive on a Sunday morning and you'll see entire families, from babies to grandparents, enduring the formidable wait for a table.
1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA