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LA Chefs Pick Their Favorite Chinese Dishes in SoCal

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Chefs across Los Angeles spend countless hours toiling at stoves each night. But where do they eat on their night(s) off? For chefs who don't cook Chinese food everyday, the cuisine serves as equal parts inspiration and sustenance, full of flavors, textures, techniques, and traditions that are culturally unique but easily translated. We asked nine great chefs around the city to share their favorite Chinese restaurants and recommended plates. All the goodness down below.

1) Micah Wexler, Mezze
Dish: Dungeness crab with ginger and scallion.
Restaurant: Ocean Star 145 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201, Monterey Park

Dish: Pork shank with peanuts, spareribs with chili and black bean.
Restaurant: Elite 700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park

2) Ricardo Zarate, Picca, Mo-chica
Dish: Cat ears and knife-cut noodle soup.
Restaurant: JTYH 9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead

3) Jet Tila, Bistronomics
Dish: Pork Pump: Slow-braised pork belly with pickled mustard greens.
Restaurant: Mei Long Village 301 W Valley Blvd Ste 112, San Gabriel

Dish: Spicy lobster.
Restaurant: Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant 518 W. Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel

4) Sara Johannes, WP24
Dish: Dim sum.
Restaurant: Ocean Star 145 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201, Monterey Park

5) Mark Gold, Eva
Dish: Orange Beef and Broccoli.
Restaurant: Chinese take-out (general).

6) Joe Miller, Joe's
Dish: Steamed barbecue pork buns.
Restaurant: Ding Tai Fung 1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia

7) Laurent Quenioux, Vertical Wine Bistro, LQ@SK
Dish: 7-courses of beef.
Restaurant: BO 7 Mon 9862 Westminster Ave # B, Garden Grove

Dish: Dim sum.
Restaurant: Dumpling House 5612 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City

8) Walter Manzke, Republique
Dish: Lobster, noodles.
Restaurant: Newport Seafood 518 West Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel

9) Marcel Vigneron, All over the place
Dish: Peking duck, chili prawns, tobu bananas.
Restaurant: WP24 900 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

Ocean Star

145 N Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754

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