I was in the area over Christmas and decided to order some food. For my first test, I ordered Christmas from New Hong Kong Restaurant, which had some great reviews in Yelp.
My intuition told me that if it was ranked so high, it probably wouldn’t actually be that good. I was right, unfortunately. The food was delivered at the promised time (40 minutes). I ordered the following:
Mongolian Chicken: lots of onion and green onions with some chicken thrown in. Mediocre flavor
Shimp with Garlic Sauce: a veritable cornucopia of Sysco-supplied, crinkle-cut carrots and zucchini with some shrimp occasionally daring to make their appearance in the brownish-sauce. Flavor was mostly just salty.
Chicken with Mushroom and Black Mushroom: Looked just like the Shrimp with Garlic sauce except there were some mushrooms. There were some slices of chicken there.
Beef Chow Mein: thick noodles with no redeeming quality to speak of.
A Cantonese phrase came to mind: “Ai-yah!!!”
A few days later, we ordered take out from Pearl Bay Tea House: beef chow mein (with crispy noodles) and dried scallop with egg white fried rice , which opened about five months ago.
Both were surprisingly decent. They were what they were supposed to be. The noodles were actually crispy. The fried rice was done quite nicely. Although they would have qualified as merely “average” in comparison in the restaurants in the “World Famous San Gabriel Valley” ™, they were easily a quantum leap compared to the food from New Hong Kong.
After eating food from those two places, my kids realized how lucky they have it living in the “World Famous San Gabriel Valley” ™.