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5 Essential Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles

JTYH Heavy Noodle II
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Anne Fishbein

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.

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.

Read JTYH Heavy Noodle II's full 99 Essentials listing here.

Pork cubes at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village.
Pork cubes at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village.
Anne Fishbein

4. 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.

Read Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village's full 99 Essentials listing here.

Fish roe with scallop dumpling
Fish roe with scallop dumpling
Clarissa Wei

3. Sea Harbour

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.

Read Sea Harbour's full 99 Essentials listing here.

Xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung
Xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung
Clarissa Wei

2. 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.

Read Din Tai Fung's full 99 Essentials listing here.

 

Water boiled fish at Chung King
Water boiled fish at Chung King
A. Scattergood

1. Chung King

There are many Sichuan restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley where you can get stellar iterations of mapo doufu, or leeks with bacon or water-boiled fish, but there's one place that we drive to seemingly without thinking, where we've been known to eat three times a week during flu season, where the booths feel about as familiar as the living room sofa we left to get there.

Read Chung King's full 99 Essentials listing here.

See also:

5 Essential Special Occasion Restaurants in Los Angeles

5 Essential Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

5 Essential Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles

5 Essential Restaurants With Great Cocktails


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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

3939 Rosemead Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770

626-288-3939

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Chung King - Closed

1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

626-286-0298


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