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Lobster noodles from Needle in a large ceramic bowl.
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Matthew Kang

18 Essential Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles

Where to find the best regional Chinese delicacies

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Lobster noodles from Needle
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles’s tremendous Chinese food scene keeps getting better and better. In addition to the stronghold of regional offerings in the San Gabriel Valley, there’s a good number of Chinese restaurants spread across the county, from handmade soup dumplings on the Westside to intensely spicy Sichuan fare in the Valley. Right now, there’s no better time to be tucking into a bowl hand-pulled noodles and or a delightful tray of soup-filled dumplings in the Southland. Here now, the 18 essential Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles.

Removed: Cindy’s Noodle House, Southern Mini Town, Beijing Pie House, Noodle Palace, ACC Fast, Pearl River Deli

Added: Chongqing Special Noodles, Yang Chow, Dan Modern Chinese, Chubby Rice, Young King, Chengdu House, Needle

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chengdu House Chinese Restaurant

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4805 Whitsett Ave
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 623-4988
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The Valley’s Chengdu House is the place for reliable Sichuan fare in Valley Village, with everything from cold cucumber salad and spicy boiled fish to chile pod chicken loaded with dried peppers.

2. Lan Noodle

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411 E Huntington Dr UNIT 102
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 618-6686
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The specialty at Lan Noodle is Lanzhou beef noodle soup. Every bowl consists of an aromatic broth perfumed with star anise, black cardamom, and cloves ladled over expertly hand-pulled noodles.

A bowl of Lanzhou beef noodle soup at LAN Noodle.
Lan Noodle
Wonho Frank Lee
5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7642
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Silver Lake’s Pine and Crane team has been serving Taiwanese and Chinese fare at its sister restaurant Joy in Highland Park. Nearly everyone orders the minced Kurobuta pork on rice with a soy-braised egg and pickles, along with the dan dan noodles with a sesame peanut sauce, cucumbers, and cilantro.

4. Mr. Champion

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168 Las Tunas Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 538-4938
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This Cantonese spot specializes in cheung fun, delicate steamed rice rolls filled with shrimp, pork, or beef. Also on the menu are hearty gravies ladled over noodles and rice.

Mr. Champion
Mr. Champion
Cathy Chaplin

5. Dai Ho Restaurant

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9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 291-2295

Cash-only institution Dai Ho continues to prepare the best beef noodle soup in Los Angeles, though with very limited lunch hours. The other dishes, from the prepared cold apps to the cold sesame noodles, are also excellent.

6. Chong Qing Special Noodles

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708 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 374-1849
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One of SGV’s noodle specialists, there’s a ton of different dishes from which to choose here, from classic dan dan noodles to noodle soups. The prices are reasonable and the flavors are intense from start to finish, which is exactly how it they are in the namesake city of Chongqing.

Dan dan noodles at Chong Qing Special Noodles
Dan dan noodles at Chong Qing Special Noodles
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7. Delicious Food Corner

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545 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 325-8838
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Stop into this all-day spot early for a traditional Hong Kong-style breakfast of pork congee with preserved egg and fried crullers. Don’t forget the buttery pineapple buns any time of day.

Delicious Food Corner
Delicious Food Corner
Cathy Chaplin

8. Newport Seafood Restaurant

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518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 289-5998
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The crowds keep coming to Newport Seafood for the house-special lobster, live crustaceans fished from tanks and stir-fried with heaps of chopped chiles, scallions, roe, and garlic.

Newport Seafood Restaurant
Newport Seafood Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

9. Xiang La Hui

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621 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 703-4165

Sichuan star Xiang La Hui woks up wonderfully balanced classics including mapo tofu, toothpick lamb, and Chongqing fried chicken in Alhambra. Try the dry hot pots, including intestines and shrimp.

A bright red bowl of mapo tofu loaded with spices.
Mapo tofu from Xiang La Hui
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10. Needle

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3827 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Silver Lake’s unsung leader of modern Cantonese cuisine serves casual fare by day, including a fantastic fried pork chop sandwich, as well as a stunning tasting menu for a single table of six or eight people in the evenings from talented chef Ryan Wong.

Lobster noodles from Needle in a large ceramic bowl.
Lobster noodles from Needle
Matthew Kang

11. Omar Restaurant

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1718 New Ave
San Gabriel, CA 91776

The Islamic Uyghur cooking found at Omar’s Xinjiang Halal Restaurant in San Gabriel is a touch greasy, quite musky, and always most satisfactory. The shou la mian, ropey hand-pulled noodles, have an unbeatable bite. Also great is the meat pie, a deep-fried Frisbee stuffed with minced lamb and carrot.

Omar’s Restaurant
Omar’s Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

12. Tasty Noodle House

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8054 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 272-3933
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San Gabriel’s Tasty Noodle House has been making a big push westward — from West Third on down to Lomita. On the menu are the restaurant’s signature pork-stuffed shengjian bao and hot and sour soup.

Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Shanghai fried bao at Tasty Noodle House
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13. Yang Chow Restaurant

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819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0811
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Classic Chinatown restaurant Yang Chow has a wide menu of Chinese-American classics that works for groups large and small. The slippery shrimp is the main draw, with an order of the crunchy, tangy, sweet shellfish on almost every table.

Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
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14. Elite Restaurant

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700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA
(626) 282-9998
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One of the best and most consistent dim sum houses in the San Gabriel Valley is Monterey Park’s Elite Restaurant. Order terrific shumai, hargow, and other dim sum classics.

15. Young King

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3100 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 487-6154
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Korean-Chinese food is its own subgenre of cuisine, with fusion dishes that originate from the border along the Korean peninsula and mainland China. The highlights here include jajangmyeon, kampongsaeu (sweet and spicy shrimp), and tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork), the latter of which comes with sauce on the side so the pork pieces stay crispy throughout the meal.

For a throwback Korean-Chinese feast in Koreatown: Young King.
Korean-Chinese kung pao shrimp at Young King
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16. Sichuan Impression

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11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-7171
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After making a splash in the San Gabriel Valley, Sichuan Impression expanded to West LA on the second floor of a busy strip mall. This expansive space along Santa Monica Boulevard is serving the Westside’s best Sichuan food, from garlic shredded pork to steamed chicken in chile oil.

17. Dan Modern Chinese

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12775 Millennium Dr #110
Los Angeles, CA 90094
(424) 835-4777
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Westside chain Dan Modern Chinese is one of the few places in Sawtelle and Playa Vista to get dumplings, noodles, and other everyday dishes. Try the xiao long bao and short rib dan mien.

18. Chubby Rice

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12836 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(424) 456-4341
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Chinese-American food is the calling card at this low-key Hawthorne strip mall restaurant, which is one of the rare LA restaurants to serve East Coast-style General Tso’s fried chicken, as well as other familiar dishes like chow mein and fried rice.

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1. Chengdu House Chinese Restaurant

4805 Whitsett Ave, Valley Village, CA 91607

The Valley’s Chengdu House is the place for reliable Sichuan fare in Valley Village, with everything from cold cucumber salad and spicy boiled fish to chile pod chicken loaded with dried peppers.

4805 Whitsett Ave
Valley Village, CA 91607

2. Lan Noodle

411 E Huntington Dr UNIT 102, Arcadia, CA 91006
A bowl of Lanzhou beef noodle soup at LAN Noodle.
Lan Noodle
Wonho Frank Lee

The specialty at Lan Noodle is Lanzhou beef noodle soup. Every bowl consists of an aromatic broth perfumed with star anise, black cardamom, and cloves ladled over expertly hand-pulled noodles.

411 E Huntington Dr UNIT 102
Arcadia, CA 91006

3. Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Silver Lake’s Pine and Crane team has been serving Taiwanese and Chinese fare at its sister restaurant Joy in Highland Park. Nearly everyone orders the minced Kurobuta pork on rice with a soy-braised egg and pickles, along with the dan dan noodles with a sesame peanut sauce, cucumbers, and cilantro.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

4. Mr. Champion

168 Las Tunas Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007
Mr. Champion
Mr. Champion
Cathy Chaplin

This Cantonese spot specializes in cheung fun, delicate steamed rice rolls filled with shrimp, pork, or beef. Also on the menu are hearty gravies ladled over noodles and rice.

168 Las Tunas Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007

5. Dai Ho Restaurant

9148 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

Cash-only institution Dai Ho continues to prepare the best beef noodle soup in Los Angeles, though with very limited lunch hours. The other dishes, from the prepared cold apps to the cold sesame noodles, are also excellent.

9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

6. Chong Qing Special Noodles

708 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Dan dan noodles at Chong Qing Special Noodles
Dan dan noodles at Chong Qing Special Noodles
Matthew Kang

One of SGV’s noodle specialists, there’s a ton of different dishes from which to choose here, from classic dan dan noodles to noodle soups. The prices are reasonable and the flavors are intense from start to finish, which is exactly how it they are in the namesake city of Chongqing.

708 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Delicious Food Corner

545 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Delicious Food Corner
Delicious Food Corner
Cathy Chaplin

Stop into this all-day spot early for a traditional Hong Kong-style breakfast of pork congee with preserved egg and fried crullers. Don’t forget the buttery pineapple buns any time of day.

545 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Newport Seafood Restaurant

518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Newport Seafood Restaurant
Newport Seafood Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

The crowds keep coming to Newport Seafood for the house-special lobster, live crustaceans fished from tanks and stir-fried with heaps of chopped chiles, scallions, roe, and garlic.

518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

9. Xiang La Hui

621 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
A bright red bowl of mapo tofu loaded with spices.
Mapo tofu from Xiang La Hui
Wonho Frank Lee

Sichuan star Xiang La Hui woks up wonderfully balanced classics including mapo tofu, toothpick lamb, and Chongqing fried chicken in Alhambra. Try the dry hot pots, including intestines and shrimp.

621 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

10. Needle

3827 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Lobster noodles from Needle in a large ceramic bowl.
Lobster noodles from Needle
Matthew Kang

Silver Lake’s unsung leader of modern Cantonese cuisine serves casual fare by day, including a fantastic fried pork chop sandwich, as well as a stunning tasting menu for a single table of six or eight people in the evenings from talented chef Ryan Wong.

3827 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Omar Restaurant

1718 New Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Omar’s Restaurant
Omar’s Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

The Islamic Uyghur cooking found at Omar’s Xinjiang Halal Restaurant in San Gabriel is a touch greasy, quite musky, and always most satisfactory. The shou la mian, ropey hand-pulled noodles, have an unbeatable bite. Also great is the meat pie, a deep-fried Frisbee stuffed with minced lamb and carrot.

1718 New Ave
San Gabriel, CA 91776

12. Tasty Noodle House

8054 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Shanghai fried bao at Tasty Noodle House
Matthew Kang

San Gabriel’s Tasty Noodle House has been making a big push westward — from West Third on down to Lomita. On the menu are the restaurant’s signature pork-stuffed shengjian bao and hot and sour soup.

8054 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

13. Yang Chow Restaurant

819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
Cathy Chaplin

Classic Chinatown restaurant Yang Chow has a wide menu of Chinese-American classics that works for groups large and small. The slippery shrimp is the main draw, with an order of the crunchy, tangy, sweet shellfish on almost every table.

819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

14. Elite Restaurant

700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA

One of the best and most consistent dim sum houses in the San Gabriel Valley is Monterey Park’s Elite Restaurant. Order terrific shumai, hargow, and other dim sum classics.

700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA

15. Young King

3100 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
For a throwback Korean-Chinese feast in Koreatown: Young King.
Korean-Chinese kung pao shrimp at Young King
Matthew Kang

Korean-Chinese food is its own subgenre of cuisine, with fusion dishes that originate from the border along the Korean peninsula and mainland China. The highlights here include jajangmyeon, kampongsaeu (sweet and spicy shrimp), and tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork), the latter of which comes with sauce on the side so the pork pieces stay crispy throughout the meal.

3100 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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16. Sichuan Impression

11057 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

After making a splash in the San Gabriel Valley, Sichuan Impression expanded to West LA on the second floor of a busy strip mall. This expansive space along Santa Monica Boulevard is serving the Westside’s best Sichuan food, from garlic shredded pork to steamed chicken in chile oil.

11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

17. Dan Modern Chinese

12775 Millennium Dr #110, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Westside chain Dan Modern Chinese is one of the few places in Sawtelle and Playa Vista to get dumplings, noodles, and other everyday dishes. Try the xiao long bao and short rib dan mien.

12775 Millennium Dr #110
Los Angeles, CA 90094

18. Chubby Rice

12836 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Chinese-American food is the calling card at this low-key Hawthorne strip mall restaurant, which is one of the rare LA restaurants to serve East Coast-style General Tso’s fried chicken, as well as other familiar dishes like chow mein and fried rice.

12836 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

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