The 10 Yummiest Chinese Dishes In L.A.

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on March 15.]
There's no denying that L.A. is a literal melting pot of gorgeous food offerings. On any given day, an Angeleno can travel the globe within a two-mile radius, giving that passport (and belly!) the runaround in a span of three meals. And, when it comes to Chinese food, we take the cake — and the noodles, and the dumplings, too! Whatever you're hankering, someone is certainly dishing. In fact, some neighborhoods are completely devoted to a particular region or specialty.
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We know what you're thinking: Holy dim sum, the options are endless! Don't be daunted, because whether you're in the mood for a traditional Cantonese pork bun or more adventurous fare, we suggest you skip the standard takeout menu and dig into one of these top ten dishes. Trust us, chopstick skills aren't required!
Photo: via Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
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Crackling Pancake at Kam Hong Garden, $5.95
This pancake features some serious attention to detail. Need proof? Hand-rolled behind the counter, it's then wrapped around savory-braised pork and slow-cooked leeks. The texture is quite similar to a pupusa — spongy, yet crisp to the bite. We suggest you take your time watching that counter and chef Kam Hong in action. If you’re lucky, you might even spy knife-cut noodles being made with some serious flair. We’re talking about some serious tableside entertainment!
Kam Hong Garden, 848 East Garvey Avenue (between New and Orange Avenues); 626-280-9318.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
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Orange Chicken at Chi Dynasty, $13.50
Orange chicken is a classic — and for good reason! Nothing beats sticky, candy-coated chopsticks and some sweet 'n crispy chicken. Chi Dynasty has been serving up contemporary Chinese dishes for nearly 30 years, and this particular dish is one that satiates our gooey-citrus cravings with every blissful bite.
Chi Dynasty, 12229 Ventura Boulevard (between Laurelgrove and Vantage Avenues); 818-980-3888.

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Wontons in Chili Oil Sauce at Lucky Noodle King, $6.50
Why do these Chongqing-style wontons make the top of our list? Well, for starters, this bowl will make you feel all tingly inside with its combo of silky noodles, minced garlic, and near mouth-numbing chili oil. Can’t handle the heat? Order that oil on the side and set your own flame fate. We guarantee this dish will become one of your late-night musts from here on out.
Lucky Noodle King, 534 East Valley Boulevard (between San Gabriel Boulevard and Allegro Square); 626-573-5668.

Photo: Via Lucky Noodle King
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The Angry Lobster at WP24, $20 add-on to the three-course tasting menu ($80 person)
If you're in the mood to take a drive in the Rolls Royce of Chinese dining, you might want to step on the gas and treat yourself to Wolfgang Puck's WP24. For added mileage, tack on an order of the Angry Lobster — trust us, this dish doesn't mess around! It's a whopping two-pound Maine lobster coated with spicy Szechuan chilies, fried garlic, and sprinkled with black bean dust. While this might not be your weekly go-to, it’s most definitely one of the only exotically deluxe dinners that will end in a pile of finger wipes.
WP24, 900 West Olympic Boulevard (at Georgia Street); 213-743-8824.

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Steamed Vegetable and Pork Bun at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, $1.50 per piece
If we could live in any kind of house, it would be one made of dumplings — talk about a delightful existence, right? Din Tai Fung is as close as we’re going to get to these dreams, and this spot has no shortage of delicate pouches to choose from. This vegetable and pork bun can be ordered either hot or cold, and is one seriously satiating satchel of flavors. If you want to try something a little more curious during your next visit, we suggest you head straight to the sweet taro bun and send it our regards!
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, 1108 South Baldwine Avenue (at Arcadia Avenue); 626-574- 7068.

Photo: via Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
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Deep Fried Crispy Eel at Foo Chow Restaurant, $8.95
Who are we kidding — what don’t we like that isn’t fried? Hot oil and crispy skins have a way of setting the world right, and this fried eel dish definitely gets us dancing through that door. These crispy critters are like magical fish chips from the sea, and are most delicious with a refreshing cold beer. Order a plate as a starter.
Food Chow Restauraunt, 949 North Hill Street (between College and Bernard Streets); 213-485-1294.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
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Mobo Tofu at Liliya China Bistro, $12
It wouldn't be a solid roundup without a healthy dose of tofu! This spicy dish is a must-try for veggies and carnivores alike. The texture is firm and the fragrant sauce soaks nicely into noodles or rice — so, make sure to order a side of both carbs to sop up the extra juice. Into sports? Catch your favorite team on one of the bistro’s large TV screens. Touch down!
Liliya China Bistro, 108 West 2nd Street (at Main Street); 213-620-1717.

Photo: via Liliya China Bistro
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Peking Duck at Sam Woo BBQ, $25 for a whole duck
Tucked away near the Van Nuys Airport sits this little strip mall joint pumping out BBQ duck and ribs. Whole birds dangle from the ceiling, glistening in red sauce, while patrons sit licking their fingers with napkins tucked like bibs. This duck is served with exciting accoutrements, with which you compose one killer sammie. Make sure you stuff yours with tons of cilantro, onion, shrimp chips, hoisin sauce, and crispy duck skins! Be warned: Things get messy.
Sam Woo BBQ, 6450 Sepulveda Boulevard (between Victory Boulevard and Haynes Street) 818-988-6813.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
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Pork and Shrimp Shumai at Bao Dim Sum House, $5.25 for 4 pieces
The best part of dim sum is wading through the overwhelming variety, and trying a bunch of adorably packaged treats with friends, so how could we resist ordering a petit four of these? These little goodies are not to be missed on your next bun brigade. Think of each bite like a mini surf and turf gift straight from heaven. Dim yum!
Bao Dim Sum House, 8256 Beverly Boulevard (at Sweetzer Avenue); 323-655-6556.

Photo: via Bao Dim Sum House
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The Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow, $14.95
Locals and tourists alike flock to L.A.'s Chinatown for this mound of sweet 'n spicy goodness on the daily, making Yang Chow one hot joint. Whereas the dish itself isn’t “slippery”, it's most certainly tasty and worthy of repeat visits. Post-chomping, be sure to work off your meal with a little Colorado Boulevard window shopping!
Yang Chow, 3777 E. Colorado Boulevard (at Walnut Street); 626-432-6868.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer


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