L.A.’s San Gabriel Valley Has a Thriving Chinese Culinary Scene—Here’s Where to Eat
Hudson Yang, an actor best known for his role on TV’s Fresh Off the Boat, dishes on moving to Tinseltown and discovering that the best Chinese food around isn’t in L.A.’s Chinatown, but in the Valley
Yang grew up eating in the Chinatowns of Flushing, Queens; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles after getting cast in ABC’s hit sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. It took him a couple of seasons of eating mediocre takeout before he dove into the thriving San Gabriel Valley regional Chinese restaurant scene. “When I finally got there and ate some real Chinese food, I felt like I was home,” Yang says.
Head to this tiny restaurant for the Hainanese chicken rice. It’s super tender and is served with ginger sauce, a garlic sauce, and a slightly spicy chile sauce.
Jazz Cat Hotpot
It’s cool to be able to cook your own food at Jazz Cat, and you can dip whatever you want in the broth, like raw egg and fish cakes, and all the vegetables.
Any dim sum is good dim sum to me. One of my favorite dishes is beef cheong fun, which is steamed beef inside a rice paper roll served with a sweet soy sauce.
The boba in SGV is pretty amazing. In L.A. they serve you stuff like Coca-Cola boba, and I’m like, “That doesn’t count as boba!” Here there’s a whole other range of flavors.
626 Night Market
This only happens in the summer, but it’s an outdoor market that’s a collection of the best restaurants serving really good street food.