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17720 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA
  • This restaurant may not look like much on the outside but it serves some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten

    • by carblover

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      This restaurant may not look like much on the outside but it serves some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten. It’s located on the outskirts of Cerritos in California, near India Town. From the outside, it looks like a real estate office building, not a restaurant if it isn’t for the big sign saying that it is. When you walk in, it’s a completely new atmosphere. The walls are covered with Chinese décor, lots of maroon and gold colors. It’s always busy but the waiting time for a table is not very long, about 5 to 10 minutes at most.

      After you’re seated, you get

      a pot of jasmine tea to cleanse your taste buds. Since it is a Chinese-Korean restaurant, the menu is in both languages as well as English. The restaurant serves the customary Chinese dishes, like mu shu pork and kung pao chicken, but they also offer some Korean favorites. For instance, when I eat there, I have to order the noodles with black bean sauce called jajangmyun. It’s hand-stretched noodles with a black bean sauce with pork, potatoes, and carrots. It’s savory, flavorful, filling, comforting – the name doesn’t do it justice.

      The sauces used for their dishes have a nice balance. It’s not too ...

      • cornstarchy and a good contrast of savory and sweet. For instance, their sweet and sour shrimp is the best I’ve had. Not only is the shrimp plump and hearty, the sauce has a good balance of sweet, sour and spiciness. It makes the whole dish, which is battered and deep-fried, seem light.

        Another recommendation is their fried rice soup. They deep-fry the rice into rough crackers and bring it alongside a soup with pork and vegetables. When they bring it to the table, the waiter dumps the rice into the broth, which instantly starts crackling and makes a spectacular show. It’s really a dish to order

        when you’re dining with friends and makes a nice appetizer before the meal.

        All the dishes are served for a social dinner. They come in big platters and everyone takes what they want from it. The VIP restaurant also gives complimentary side dishes like different kinds of kim chi and onions with a black bean dipping sauce. The service is prompt and the waiters come to your table every 10 minutes to make sure everything’s taken care of.

        One complaint is that they do rush you a little because they always have customers waiting. They get impatient if you sit around talking after the plates have been cleared.

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