Read Chandavkl's Menuism article, How Irvine, CA Became a Chinese Dining Destination.
99 Ranch Markets to me are generally a sign
It's funny, I grew up in Irvine and was just telling my folks the other day how much the Chinese food has improved.
Yes, that was an undercurrent in my article on the eastward expansion of Chinese food in LA. Except for some reason, Diamond Bar.