Category Archives: Chinese

Savoy Kitchen

138 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

(626) 308-9535

http://www.yelp.com/biz/savoy-kitchen-alhambra

 

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All of my friends have raved about the Hainan chicken rice at Savoy.  For some reason, I just haven’t had a chance to try until recently — maybe it’s because there are simply too many food choices in the area.  Good thing I got there relatively early for lunch (around 11:30am) — the seats were all full inside the restaurant, however, outdoor seating was available.  I’ve heard that the usual wait is anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.  There is only street parking available, and that can be a little tough to find, so be prepared.

Hainan chicken is basically steamed/poached chicken.  It is then chopped into slices and served with a side of rice.  During my time in Singapore (the birth place of Hainan chicken rice), the ones I’ve had usually had the chicken drippings mixed into the rice, to give it extra flavor.  Outside of Singapore, I’d say Savoy makes a pretty good version of Hainan chicken rice.

 

The store front.  There are benches outside for the waiting crowd.

 

Jot down your name and the number in your party on the clip board, just outside the restaurant.  Also, indicate if you’d like to be seated indoors or outdoors, or any. Then, wait to be seated.

 

 

The menu.  Lots of choices!  I will have to come back to try their other dishes.  FYI – there’s free refill on the iced tea with lemon!

 

The Hainan chicken rice.  The chicken is really juicy and tender.  Loved the ginger sauce, it complements the chicken perfectly.  And the rice was fluffy and flavorful. Yum!  $6.95

Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant

601 E Orangethorpe Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 446-9553

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mas-chinese-islamic-restaurant-anaheim-2

 

I’m sure many of you are going, “Huh?  What’s Chinese Islamic food?”  That’s how I was when some friends first suggested going to eat at Mas’ some years ago.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Since it is an Islamic restaurant, there is no pork on the menu.  That is rule number one — do not ask for pork dishes because there aren’t any.  Second thing to note:  everything is halal.  That means all of the food have been prepared according to Islamic law, which include a series of rituals before the meat was slaughtered.  Third — it really is a Chinese restaurant and has all the typical dishes you’d expect, sans the pork.  The restaurant itself is huge, but it’s not a bad idea to make a reservation as it does tend to fill up quickly.  Be warned, portions are very generous, so it’s great for large parties.  We ALWAYS end up with lots of leftovers.  🙂  Now on with the food!

 

Once you see this signage, it’s time to turn into the parking lot~

 

Thick spring onion sesame bread 芝麻大餅.   You can choose from the thin or thick.  It’s a must-order item — you’ll see it almost at every table.  The portions are huge per order,  like a 12-14 in pizza.  The bread doesn’t look like much, but there is an abundance of flavor once you take a bite! $9.95

 

Green onion lamb 蔥爆羊肉.  People who love lamb will love this dish!  The green onions diminish the gaminess of the lamb and adds excellent flavor.  Yum!  White rice comes with the dishes.  $11.95

 

Three-flavored hand-cut noodles 三鮮炒刀削麵.  The noodles are handmade and a little thicker than normal noodles, therefore also a bit chewier.  It’s stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts and meat.  $10.95

 

Home-style roast chicken 道口燒雞.  You can choose between a half order or a whole order.  We ordered the half.  The chicken was decent, but not as flavorful or juicy as the one from Earthen.  Half order $7.95  whole chicken $14.50.

 

Lamb with pickled cabbage warm pot 酸菜羊肉砂鍋。Lots of lamb, pickled cabbage and clear noodles!  The broth is really refreshing since it has all that pickled cabbage.  The pot keeps the soup hot for a while. You can ask for free refills on the soup base.  I love it!  Regular pot (6-8 people) $14.50 and large pot (8 – 12 people) $17.95

 

Tofu omelette.  The egg omelette covers the tofu, in a very tasty soy-based sauce.   Yum!

 

Between the five of us and the dishes ordered above, we still had half of it to take home.  That’s how big the portions are.  The food is still sooo good the next day!

[Arcadia] 626 Night Market!

The 626 Night Market will be this weekend at the Santa Anita Park!  There will be over 150+ vendors and food trucks, with entertainment (including Youtube sensation Jason Chen!).  There is an admission charge this time (I’m assuming to cover the venue and the free parking):

ADMISSION: Free Parking
$2 / person 4PM-6PM
$3 / person after 6PM
Free for ages 12 years and younger

And here’s the list of vendors!

http://www.626nightmarket.com/626nm_July_Map_sm-1.pdf

Seafood Village 避風塘

684 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

(626) 289-0088

http://www.yelp.com/biz/seafood-village-monterey-park

 

Seafood Village is a great place to host large gatherings.  It’s authentic Chinese food, and everything is served family style.  I’ve been going to this restaurant a few years now, and quality has always been consistent and portions are generous.  I’ve only been during dinner times, but I’ve heard the lunch specials are quite good as well.  There is a parking lot for the restaurant and I have not had any problems parking in the lot.  But in case the lot is full, there should be plenty of street parking around the area.

 

In addition to the menus at the table, there are pictures of the popular dishes plastered along the walls of the restaurant.  So, it gives you a better idea of what to order – just point at the pictures!  🙂  There is a good selection of live seafood, you can scope them out at the tanks.  If you are going to order live seafood, make sure to check the prices with the waiter – most of the seafood is charged by the pound. White rice is provided, and is automatically added to your tab at $1 per person.  Tea service is complimentary and the servers come quite frequently to refill the hot tea.

 

Here’s what we ordered from our recent dinner – just enough for a party of 7:

 

Stewed peanuts are served as a complimentary appetizer.    But the peanuts this time were not stewed long enough… it was still a little hard.

 

The house special crab – 避風塘炒蟹.  The crab is charged by the pound.  The crab is first deep fried, then stir-fried with garlic and scallions.  Yummy!  It just takes a little patience to get all of the crab meat out.  The crab is based on market price – crab season is starting, so it was $5.99 a pound last weekend and this was 3 pounds of crab.

 

Stir-fried pea sprouts in garlic 大豆苗.  The pea sprouts were really fresh and flavorful.  $12.99

 

Seafood Village also has its own version of the lettuce wrap, with ground chicken 避風塘雞鬆.  They gave us like half a head of lettuce to wrap all this chicken!  Not bad at all.  $10.99

 

Stewed duck with tofu and peanuts this is half an order – 滷水鴨豆腐.  The duck and tofu was stewed pretty well, but again the peanuts didn’t seem like they were stewed long enough. $12.99

 

Lamb pot 雙冬羊腩煲 -lots of lamb meat with shitake mushrooms and tofu skin in the pot.  Perfect for winter!  $13.99

 

Double-cooked fish 剝皮牛魚 – the fish slices are fried, then cooked in a sauce with red peppers, celery and onions.  The fish meat is really firm, and tasted great with the sauce.  $14.99

 

Seafood Village also has traditional Chinese desserts.  This is the white wood-ear with gingko nuts and taro 白果芋泥.  The taro is so smooth and tasty!  $6.99

 

After the meal is finished, the restaurant also serves everyone with a bowl of red bean soup with clear tapioca 紅豆西米露。