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21 Essential Asian Restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley

Seeking out the best Asian cuisine throughout the SGV

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Los Angeles’s sprawling San Gabriel Valley boasts an embarrassment of culinary riches across multiple cities, valleys, and neighborhoods — especially when it comes to Asian cuisines. Beyond regional Chinese fare, the area is home to specialties from across the continent including India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Here now are 21 essential Asian restaurants in the vast, broad San Gabriel Valley.

Added: Tasty Noodle House, Alice’s Kitchen, Nature Pagoda, Dong Nguyen

Removed: Sinbala, Haidilao Hot Pot, Qingdao Bread Food, Shanghai No. 1 Seafood

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bhanu's Indian Grocery & Cuisine

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7246 Rosemead Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 291-2101
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One of the best Indian restaurants outside of Artesia can be found inside a San Gabriel grocery store. The tandoori naan is a chewy, yeasty number that has a complex funk and pillowy texture. Pair it with everything from goat curry to butter chicken.

2. Kang Kang Food Court

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9618 E Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 309-9799
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The famous shengjianbao at Kang Kang Food Court isn’t just an essential dish, it’s a Los Angeles dining rite of passage. Filled with scalding pork juices with a deeply-seared bottom, the buns are one of the SGV’s greatest dumpling pleasures.

3. Golden Deli Restaurant

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815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
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Golden Deli is the jack of all trades when it comes to Vietnamese food. While there’s better pho in the neighborhood, the house-special cha gio, or fried spring rolls, are unrivaled.

4. Tasty Noodle House

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827 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 284-8898
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Tasty Noodle House doesn’t get the lines Golden Deli might draw on a chilly evening, but it should — the bouncy noodles in the niu rou mian are a chewy delight, and the broth is cleaner than most of its competitors. As far as cold weather food goes, it might be the best option in the plaza.

Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Tasty Noodle House
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5. Newport Seafood Restaurant

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518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 289-5998
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This Vietnamese-Cantonese institution’s lobster is the stuff of legend. As for what else to order, don’t skip the black bean clams, garlicky pea sprouts, and Vietnamese shaken beef, or bo luc lac.

6. Ho Kee Cafe

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533 S Del Mar Ave
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 766-1076

Ho Kee Cafe’s signature wonton noodle soup takes generously portioned shrimp wontons and steeps them in a rich broth along with al dente egg noodles. Also terrific is the roast pork, or char siu, one of the city’s more dependable renditions.

7. Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine

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19 S Garfield Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-4477
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Tucked behind Alhambra’s Main Street is Peter Then’s Indonesian comfort food restaurant, slinging bowls of firm and chewy noodles gently steeped in flavorful broths and perfectly balanced with a variety of toppings. Come early to avoid the lunch rush, and don’t skip the chewy-yet-flaky roti, which comes with a positively floral coconut curry for dipping.

8. Dong Nguyen Restaurant

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1433 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8618
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This small shop in an SGV supermarket mini mall puts out some of the ga hai nam (Vietnamese-style Hainan chicken rice) around, with a side of just-schmaltzy rice and fragrant, clean broth. Add the kind of friendly and attentive service that is a general rarity in these parts, and it’s a must-visit.

9. Shaanxi Garden

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529 E Valley Blvd #178a
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 787-5555
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Shaanxi Garden’s chewy, savory, and perfectly balanced biang biang mian and cumin-spiced lamb meat sandwich celebrate the flavors of Xi’an, which is one of the most underrepresented Chinese culinary regions in the SGV.

10. Ji Rong Peking Duck

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8450 E Valley Blvd #115
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-8600
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This Peking duck specialist has undergone a facelift and the gleaming wood floors and smooth walnut tabletops add an upscale touch to what’s already a fantastically prepared duck. Tender dark meat and crunchy skin is paired with julienned cucumbers and wheat pancakes. 

11. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

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3939 N Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-3939

Sea Harbour’s dim sum is certainly a draw, but the waits can be long. Come in for dinner instead, where expertly prepared Hong Kong-style seafood dishes like steamed soy sauce fish, deep-fried smelt, and salt and pepper squid never fail to satisfy.

12. Nature Pagoda

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312 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 570-8333

Hot pot rice is Nature Pagoda’s calling card, with a variety of toppings including kai lan, sausage, black bean short ribs and more. Pro tip: Fans of browned rice against the clay pot should be sure to let the rice cook a little bit further — avoid scraping the edges of the ceramic bowl until just prior to eating, where the scorched rice adds earthier notes to the proceedings.

13. 101 Noodle Express

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1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8654
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Contrary to its name, 101 Noodle Express might actually be more famous for its beef roll than any noodle dish. The perfect proportion of salty, sweet-braised beef to fried green onion pancake is balanced by cucumber and cilantro to create one of LA’s iconic dishes. A side of order of the guo tie (pan fried potstickers) is a must.

Beef rolls on a plate that look like Chinese burritos.
101 Noodle Express
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14. Savoy Kitchen

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138 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 308-9535
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Savoy has weathered competitors in the Hainanese chicken space with generous portions and a trio of excellent condiments, including a vinegary hot sauce, a ginger-heavy scallion sauce, and a sweet soy sauce. This consistency and dependability breeds the kind of zealous loyalty that’s sure to endure.

15. Chengdu Taste

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3233, 828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 588-2284

Chengdu Taste is serving up some of the best Sichuan hot pots in town, and of course, plenty of toothpick lamb with cumin. Owner Tony Xu’s star still shines bright in this palace of mouth-numbing málà spice.

16. Sichuan Impression

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1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 283-4622
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Sichuan Impression has won the hearts of critics and diners alike with regional favorites and pitch-perfect spicing. Do not skip the phenomenal tea-smoked pork ribs with crispy garlic, as well as the “Impressive Cold Noodles.”

17. Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

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500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 872-0388
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Atlantic Seafood’s massive, meandering space is on the second floor of a Monterey Park mixed-use complex. For old-school push-cart dim sum, it’s one of the more dependable experiences around. The pork and shrimp dumplings are large and hearty, while the wu gok, or fried taro flour dumplings, are an airy, crunchy delight. Save room for the pineapple buns.

18. Huge Tree Pastry

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423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 458-8689
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This Taiwanese spot cranks out breakfast specialties like you tiao (fried cruellers), fan tuan (rice rolls with a variety of fillings), egg crepes, and oyster omelettes. Make sure to do it right with a cup of fresh soy milk that can be ordered sweet or salty.

19. Beijing Pie House

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846 E Garvey Ave #3a
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 288-3818
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Beijing Pie House specializes in xian bing, large and round dumplings that are pleated and pressed flat on the fryer. The house-special pie comes stuffed with large shrimp, a juicy pork meatball, chives, and a smattering of scrambled egg.

20. Alice's Kitchen

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580 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 898-1828

The Monterey Park institution makes piping hot pineapple buns (made the traditional way with no pineapples) with a crusty top and yeasty center that gets a comically large slab of butter that’s still cool when biting down. Aside from expertly prepared vegetables (don’t skip the pea shoots) there’s also DIY noodle bowls and a bevvy of other great menu items on order.

21. Elite Restaurant

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700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998
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When it comes to essential dim sum experiences, Elite lives up to its name. Finely pleated har gow, meaty black bean spare ribs, and carefully prepared chicken feet, make up the backbone of the SGV’s most rock-solid dim sum program.

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1. Bhanu's Indian Grocery & Cuisine

7246 Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

One of the best Indian restaurants outside of Artesia can be found inside a San Gabriel grocery store. The tandoori naan is a chewy, yeasty number that has a complex funk and pillowy texture. Pair it with everything from goat curry to butter chicken.

7246 Rosemead Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775

2. Kang Kang Food Court

9618 E Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

The famous shengjianbao at Kang Kang Food Court isn’t just an essential dish, it’s a Los Angeles dining rite of passage. Filled with scalding pork juices with a deeply-seared bottom, the buns are one of the SGV’s greatest dumpling pleasures.

9618 E Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

3. Golden Deli Restaurant

815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Golden Deli is the jack of all trades when it comes to Vietnamese food. While there’s better pho in the neighborhood, the house-special cha gio, or fried spring rolls, are unrivaled.

815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

4. Tasty Noodle House

827 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Tasty Noodle House
Matthew Kang

Tasty Noodle House doesn’t get the lines Golden Deli might draw on a chilly evening, but it should — the bouncy noodles in the niu rou mian are a chewy delight, and the broth is cleaner than most of its competitors. As far as cold weather food goes, it might be the best option in the plaza.

827 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

5. Newport Seafood Restaurant

518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This Vietnamese-Cantonese institution’s lobster is the stuff of legend. As for what else to order, don’t skip the black bean clams, garlicky pea sprouts, and Vietnamese shaken beef, or bo luc lac.

518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

6. Ho Kee Cafe

533 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Ho Kee Cafe’s signature wonton noodle soup takes generously portioned shrimp wontons and steeps them in a rich broth along with al dente egg noodles. Also terrific is the roast pork, or char siu, one of the city’s more dependable renditions.

533 S Del Mar Ave
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine

19 S Garfield Ave, Alhambra, CA 91801

Tucked behind Alhambra’s Main Street is Peter Then’s Indonesian comfort food restaurant, slinging bowls of firm and chewy noodles gently steeped in flavorful broths and perfectly balanced with a variety of toppings. Come early to avoid the lunch rush, and don’t skip the chewy-yet-flaky roti, which comes with a positively floral coconut curry for dipping.

19 S Garfield Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801

8. Dong Nguyen Restaurant

1433 Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

This small shop in an SGV supermarket mini mall puts out some of the ga hai nam (Vietnamese-style Hainan chicken rice) around, with a side of just-schmaltzy rice and fragrant, clean broth. Add the kind of friendly and attentive service that is a general rarity in these parts, and it’s a must-visit.

1433 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

9. Shaanxi Garden

529 E Valley Blvd #178a, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Shaanxi Garden’s chewy, savory, and perfectly balanced biang biang mian and cumin-spiced lamb meat sandwich celebrate the flavors of Xi’an, which is one of the most underrepresented Chinese culinary regions in the SGV.

529 E Valley Blvd #178a
San Gabriel, CA 91776

10. Ji Rong Peking Duck

8450 E Valley Blvd #115, Rosemead, CA 91770

This Peking duck specialist has undergone a facelift and the gleaming wood floors and smooth walnut tabletops add an upscale touch to what’s already a fantastically prepared duck. Tender dark meat and crunchy skin is paired with julienned cucumbers and wheat pancakes. 

8450 E Valley Blvd #115
Rosemead, CA 91770

11. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

3939 N Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

Sea Harbour’s dim sum is certainly a draw, but the waits can be long. Come in for dinner instead, where expertly prepared Hong Kong-style seafood dishes like steamed soy sauce fish, deep-fried smelt, and salt and pepper squid never fail to satisfy.

3939 N Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

12. Nature Pagoda

312 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Hot pot rice is Nature Pagoda’s calling card, with a variety of toppings including kai lan, sausage, black bean short ribs and more. Pro tip: Fans of browned rice against the clay pot should be sure to let the rice cook a little bit further — avoid scraping the edges of the ceramic bowl until just prior to eating, where the scorched rice adds earthier notes to the proceedings.

312 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

13. 101 Noodle Express

1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
Beef rolls on a plate that look like Chinese burritos.
101 Noodle Express
Cathy Chaplin

Contrary to its name, 101 Noodle Express might actually be more famous for its beef roll than any noodle dish. The perfect proportion of salty, sweet-braised beef to fried green onion pancake is balanced by cucumber and cilantro to create one of LA’s iconic dishes. A side of order of the guo tie (pan fried potstickers) is a must.

1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

14. Savoy Kitchen

138 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Savoy has weathered competitors in the Hainanese chicken space with generous portions and a trio of excellent condiments, including a vinegary hot sauce, a ginger-heavy scallion sauce, and a sweet soy sauce. This consistency and dependability breeds the kind of zealous loyalty that’s sure to endure.

138 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

15. Chengdu Taste

3233, 828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

Chengdu Taste is serving up some of the best Sichuan hot pots in town, and of course, plenty of toothpick lamb with cumin. Owner Tony Xu’s star still shines bright in this palace of mouth-numbing málà spice.

3233, 828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

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16. Sichuan Impression

1900 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

Sichuan Impression has won the hearts of critics and diners alike with regional favorites and pitch-perfect spicing. Do not skip the phenomenal tea-smoked pork ribs with crispy garlic, as well as the “Impressive Cold Noodles.”

1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

17. Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Atlantic Seafood’s massive, meandering space is on the second floor of a Monterey Park mixed-use complex. For old-school push-cart dim sum, it’s one of the more dependable experiences around. The pork and shrimp dumplings are large and hearty, while the wu gok, or fried taro flour dumplings, are an airy, crunchy delight. Save room for the pineapple buns.

500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA 91754

18. Huge Tree Pastry

423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

This Taiwanese spot cranks out breakfast specialties like you tiao (fried cruellers), fan tuan (rice rolls with a variety of fillings), egg crepes, and oyster omelettes. Make sure to do it right with a cup of fresh soy milk that can be ordered sweet or salty.

423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

19. Beijing Pie House

846 E Garvey Ave #3a, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Beijing Pie House specializes in xian bing, large and round dumplings that are pleated and pressed flat on the fryer. The house-special pie comes stuffed with large shrimp, a juicy pork meatball, chives, and a smattering of scrambled egg.

846 E Garvey Ave #3a
Monterey Park, CA 91755

20. Alice's Kitchen

580 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

The Monterey Park institution makes piping hot pineapple buns (made the traditional way with no pineapples) with a crusty top and yeasty center that gets a comically large slab of butter that’s still cool when biting down. Aside from expertly prepared vegetables (don’t skip the pea shoots) there’s also DIY noodle bowls and a bevvy of other great menu items on order.

580 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755

21. Elite Restaurant

700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

When it comes to essential dim sum experiences, Elite lives up to its name. Finely pleated har gow, meaty black bean spare ribs, and carefully prepared chicken feet, make up the backbone of the SGV’s most rock-solid dim sum program.

700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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