Where to find the best Chinese food in Southern California? Perhaps even in the US? Leave it to me, as I’ve dedicatedly, whole-heartedly done my research for 27 years, just for You! In my hometown, the San Gabriel Valley! You can forget about China Town, most Chinese people find the food gross and un-authentic. People are always asking where to go for authentic Chinese food when they’re willing to make the drive, or is driving through the ‘626‘. San Gabriel & Rowland Heights are the 2 main starting points. Go deeper, and you will find even more. Chinese people value their meals and weigh family bonds heavily through food. And me? I think I weigh Life heavily through Food. nom nom nom.
I’ve included some Boba Tea Hangouts to visit in my Chinese Culinary Heaven:: Colima Road post, in Rowland Heights. Here I will highlight a few of my favorite restaurants & dishes throughout SGV. Reasons I commute 30 miles east weekly, besides to visit my parents:
No. 1. Noodle Shop, in Yes Plaza, Rowland Heights
Total hole-in-the-wall, order at the counter, plastic utensil type place
Order:: Spicy beef stew Noodle Soup. Ask for the thick noodles (it’s crucial). THE BEST! It’s pretty oily. You may have stomach issues after but it’s worth it. The dry noodles and hot oil wontons are good as well.
New Garden, Rowland Heights
A Chinese/Korean fusion family restaurant. I’ve been coming here with my family consistently for 20 years. I get the same thing every time.
Order:: Seafood Chow-Ma Noodles. Includes mussels, sea cucumber, shrimp, veggies, squid.
Total food porn.
Supreme Dragon, Rowland Heights
Infamously classic local joint. Cheap, fast, easy. And most of the time, hit the spot.
Order:: Beef Stew noodle soup, green onion pancakes, fried dumprings.
Foo Foo Tei, Hacienda Heights
Delicious Ramen!!! The neighborhood’s hidden gem.
DimSum.. and then some.
888, San Gabriel
New Capital Seafood Restaurant, in Diamond Plaza, Rowland Heights
Sam Woo, Rowland Heights
Or come here at night for Seafood. Very versatile us Chinese you see. It’s like magic.
Tofu King, in Hong Kong Plaza, Rowland Heights
Located in the inner most corner of the shopping center to the left of the market.
Order:: Stinky Tofu(!), squid noodle soup, Spicy wontons
Din Tai Fung, Arcadia
Internationally known as the best dumprings!! Prepare for the long lines, but well worth the wait.
Order:: Anything and your mouth will be partying like it’s 1984.
Liang MaMa’s Kitchen, San Gabriel
Classic Taiwanese food. They come in smaller portions so it’s best to share (well, it’s always best to share!!)
Order:: spicy pork wrapped in bitter melon, beef dried (or soup) noodles, Beef Wrap (YUM), hot oil wontons, wine soaked cold chicken. I have liked everything I tried here.
Jazz Cat Cafe, Rowland Heights & San Gabriel
A cute Jazzy restaurant with a cozy, trendy decor (not your typical dingy chinese restaurant). Pick your broth, then pick the size S,M,L, then pick your meat. I love the lamb.
Order:: There are over 15 different broths to choose from. I personally like the Spicy Taiwanese broth, although the others I’ve tried have all been good including the classic Jazz Cat special.
Little Sheep Hot Pot, Hacienda Heights
Translated in Chinese – Shiau-fei-yang as “little fat sheep”
Order:: lamb meat, mushrooms, veggies.. and drop em all in the pot, enjoy with a group of family or friends!
I know I’m missing a bunch, but this is a good starting point. I hope you Enjoy these restaurants! See some of my other restaurant reviews on Yelp. Thank you for participating in my Gluttonous Life. I welcome your suggestions & your favorite spots in San Gabriel Valley by leaving me a comment! Shieh shieh, tzai jen!