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LA's Best Chinese Outside of The SGV, January '14

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgYou love authentic Chinese, but hate driving all the way out to San Gabriel Valley for a fix. But where oh where can one find decent Chinese eats closer to the city's center? Eater to the rescue. Below, 16 Eater-approved Chinese haunts serving some of the best pork, noodles, and dumplings minus the costly gas fare.

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Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant

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Save for the waiter offering a glass of white during lunch, this is the most "authentic" Chinese outside of SGV. Full stop.

Mandarin Deli Restaurant

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The Northridge branch is related to the Monterey Park restaurant where Jonathan Gold recommends the dumpling.

JR Bistro

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JR Bistro serves up classic Cantonese cafe fares such as spicy salt calamari, chow fun, and vegeables in XO sauce. When in season, lobster can be had for cheap. Just like its SGV brethrens, every meal is served with complimentary soup, but sadly, it isn't open late like ABC/KT/JJ Cafe in SGV.

Wah's Golden Hen

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A neighborhood anchor for 25+ years, Wah's offers friendly service often amiss from SGV Chinese restaurants. Never experienced the almond chicken of yore? Golden Hen is your best bet. The meal-end mignardise of almond cookies is a total charmer.

Tampa Garden Chinese Delight

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This Valley gem is possibly the only place to sample freshly wrapped xiao long bao outside of SGV. Ignore the Panda Express style combos and ask what freshly made dumplings are available for the day. Ifyou're lucky, you may also encounter some freshly wrapped chive pockets.

Tasty House

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Located in between South side of Thai town and the Central Americanfood corridor, Tasty House takes over where BBQ Unlimited left off. Look for Cantonese char siu pork and whole roasted ducks.

Mandarin Kitchen

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Mandarin Kitchen immediately became West LA's favorite take-outChinese joint when it opened in 2008. Disregard the name as MK servesverifiable Hong Kong cuisine; the proprietors previously operated HopWoo. While egg foo young and chop suey can be spotted on the menu, onecan also find gems such as pork with preserved egg porridge and BBQpork/tofu/oyster in clay pot.

Dong Fang Lamb Kebab

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This is the latest Chinese kebab restaurant in Koreatown. Dong Fang ("The Eastern Way") dishes out DIY lamb skewers just like Feng Mao, but also has a wider stir-fry, non-skewered Chinese menu. BBQ lamb? Check. Potstickers? Check.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood

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This is a Hong Kong style BBQ house with roots in San Gabriel Valley. There is no need to question the taste here,just enjoy the roasted canard carved table-side.

Chinese dumplings made with better-than-SGV ingredients. The chef has since decamped, but it doesn’t take a CIA degree to wrap tasty dumplings.

Pingtung Eat-In Market

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Taiwanese pork chop rice in the middle of fairfax? With a side of beef rolls? And there are over 20 loose leaf teas after bottles and bottle of Tsingtao? Winner! Also of note, one can get steamed BBQ char siu baos at Pingtung until 10:30 P.M.

Hop Li

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Hop Li is a Chinese chain now with 4 branches. Just like Hop Woo, its roots can be found in the San Gabriel Valley. If Hop Woo is to be included in the best-of Westside Chinese list, so should all Hop Li’s.

Bao Dim Sum House

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Bao is the only place to get dimsum in (West) Hollywood. Opens late,serves dimsum all day, which makes it better than SGV restaurants thatonly serve dimsum on the weekend. No push carts here; every smallbasket is served fresh after ordering. Tired of lines at Sea Harbor onSundays? Bao Dim Sum wears the distinction of the only dimsum house onOpentable in LA.

Moon House Chinese Cuisine

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The management at Moon House previously ran Hop Woo and Mandarin Kitchen, two Westside Chinese standbys. Open since Summer 2013, diners can get steamed char siu bao, cumin lamb, and even a whole Peking duck here.

Fortune Gourmet Kitchen

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With Empress Pavilion gone, the newer Fortune Gourmet absorbed some of the area's restaurant staff, and has stepped up the Pan-Cantonese game. With generous lunch bargains at $7, Fortune Gourmet has won (some) the hearts of Empress's supporters.

Hu's Szechwan

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Spicy Sichuan dishes at Hu's (think siang pork, and spicy lamb) actually accompany the Chinese characters on the take-out menu. 30 years of bespoken spiciness and quick deliveries have made Hu's an LA fave.

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Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant

Save for the waiter offering a glass of white during lunch, this is the most "authentic" Chinese outside of SGV. Full stop.

Mandarin Deli Restaurant

The Northridge branch is related to the Monterey Park restaurant where Jonathan Gold recommends the dumpling.

JR Bistro

JR Bistro serves up classic Cantonese cafe fares such as spicy salt calamari, chow fun, and vegeables in XO sauce. When in season, lobster can be had for cheap. Just like its SGV brethrens, every meal is served with complimentary soup, but sadly, it isn't open late like ABC/KT/JJ Cafe in SGV.

Wah's Golden Hen

A neighborhood anchor for 25+ years, Wah's offers friendly service often amiss from SGV Chinese restaurants. Never experienced the almond chicken of yore? Golden Hen is your best bet. The meal-end mignardise of almond cookies is a total charmer.

Tampa Garden Chinese Delight

This Valley gem is possibly the only place to sample freshly wrapped xiao long bao outside of SGV. Ignore the Panda Express style combos and ask what freshly made dumplings are available for the day. Ifyou're lucky, you may also encounter some freshly wrapped chive pockets.

Tasty House

Located in between South side of Thai town and the Central Americanfood corridor, Tasty House takes over where BBQ Unlimited left off. Look for Cantonese char siu pork and whole roasted ducks.

Mandarin Kitchen

Mandarin Kitchen immediately became West LA's favorite take-outChinese joint when it opened in 2008. Disregard the name as MK servesverifiable Hong Kong cuisine; the proprietors previously operated HopWoo. While egg foo young and chop suey can be spotted on the menu, onecan also find gems such as pork with preserved egg porridge and BBQpork/tofu/oyster in clay pot.

Dong Fang Lamb Kebab

This is the latest Chinese kebab restaurant in Koreatown. Dong Fang ("The Eastern Way") dishes out DIY lamb skewers just like Feng Mao, but also has a wider stir-fry, non-skewered Chinese menu. BBQ lamb? Check. Potstickers? Check.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood

This is a Hong Kong style BBQ house with roots in San Gabriel Valley. There is no need to question the taste here,just enjoy the roasted canard carved table-side.

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Chinese dumplings made with better-than-SGV ingredients. The chef has since decamped, but it doesn’t take a CIA degree to wrap tasty dumplings.

Pingtung Eat-In Market

Taiwanese pork chop rice in the middle of fairfax? With a side of beef rolls? And there are over 20 loose leaf teas after bottles and bottle of Tsingtao? Winner! Also of note, one can get steamed BBQ char siu baos at Pingtung until 10:30 P.M.

Hop Li

Hop Li is a Chinese chain now with 4 branches. Just like Hop Woo, its roots can be found in the San Gabriel Valley. If Hop Woo is to be included in the best-of Westside Chinese list, so should all Hop Li’s.

Bao Dim Sum House

Bao is the only place to get dimsum in (West) Hollywood. Opens late,serves dimsum all day, which makes it better than SGV restaurants thatonly serve dimsum on the weekend. No push carts here; every smallbasket is served fresh after ordering. Tired of lines at Sea Harbor onSundays? Bao Dim Sum wears the distinction of the only dimsum house onOpentable in LA.

Moon House Chinese Cuisine

The management at Moon House previously ran Hop Woo and Mandarin Kitchen, two Westside Chinese standbys. Open since Summer 2013, diners can get steamed char siu bao, cumin lamb, and even a whole Peking duck here.

Fortune Gourmet Kitchen

With Empress Pavilion gone, the newer Fortune Gourmet absorbed some of the area's restaurant staff, and has stepped up the Pan-Cantonese game. With generous lunch bargains at $7, Fortune Gourmet has won (some) the hearts of Empress's supporters.

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Hu's Szechwan

Spicy Sichuan dishes at Hu's (think siang pork, and spicy lamb) actually accompany the Chinese characters on the take-out menu. 30 years of bespoken spiciness and quick deliveries have made Hu's an LA fave.

Related Maps