For my money Earthen is the best Chinese food in OC/LA/SGV. It’s the most consistent and the variety of dishes would allow you to eat there several times per week. I’m literally working my way through the entire menu. Have ordered almost everything at this point and never had a bad dish.
I don’t know what category of Chinese Earthen falls into but it reminds me of a cross between Noodle 101 and a Chinese/Korean place. I’m sure somebody much more knowledgeable than me can confirm.
Scallion pancake - the best
House special chicken - the best
Jja jiang menin - the best (and that is not easy for me to say since I’m Korean)
Hot garlic shrimp - the best - better than any other Korean/Chinese restaurant in LA/OC hands down
Jjam bong - great refined less oily version but wouldn’t mind a little more spice
uchoy /achoy - whatever vegetables they have that day just order them
Pan fried pork dumplings - fantastic and perfectly executed crispy bottoms with steaming juicy inside
Fried rice - excellent rendition (not as good as DTF)
Kung pao chicken - excellent, great spice and like all the extra vegetables to balance out and add some crunch
all of the appetizers we’ve had are also great