We went and dined, twice, at this establishment – located at San Gabriel Valley, outside of central Los Angeles. We had what appeared to be genuine “Hu” cuisine, and we liked every dish here much better than other so-named “Shanghai” restaurants, in East or West coasts. We say this place was “sanitized” because well-regarded Shanghai noodle dishes, for example, were neither too thick nor dough-y, unlike those which we found in New York or New Jersey areas. Certainly we did not find any places of similar quality anywhere in New England, from which we were visiting from.
Over our two visits, we had Deep Fried Fish Fingers with Seaweed Bits, Gelified Animal Drippings (Typically referred to as Zimmne Nogi in Eastern European countries, or Cold Head Cheese in United States), Gong Pao Chicken, Sautéed Jellyfish Salad, Sautéed Pea Sprouts, and Xaio Long Bao (XLB). Specifically, the XLB deserves a special mention. The dough is thin, and slightly chewy, the stuffing was juicy and tasty. We regard their XLB is comparable to those of Shanghai Dumpling House next door, and certainly was one of the finer versions anywhere in the United States. All of their dishes were outstanding, and used exotic ingredients, which might have been a bit unusual to most of American palates, except for Gong Pao Chicken, which we thought was just OK. We thought the Jellyfish had a fine texture, but lacked some flavor. When we took the doggy box of it home, we added thinly peeled Carrots, julienned fresh Cucumber and thinly sliced Scallions, and by adding store bought Italian salad dressing. We thought that these significantly improved the color, flavor and presentation of this dish. Overall, the dishes were genuine Shanghainese, unlike most of the Chinese restaurants who tend to mingle too many regional cuisines in their menu, and Americanizing them. This place definitely appeared to be purist in their menu.
The place was very clean, and attractive. The air conditioner functioned well, with white table cloths. The hostess and service persons were polite, helpful and efficient. We weren’t looking for friendly staff in any of the Chinese establishments. We are looking forward to coming here several more times when we are visiting the West Coast in the future.
Food: Appeared to be genuine Shanghai cuisine
Ambience: Clean, attractive
Service: Polite and exemplary
Value: Good to compare to elsewhere in USA
Conclusion: When we visit this area, we will come many more times to experience other items in their menu
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