If you’re looking for a big group spot in Monterey Park where everybody will walk away happy, head to Alice’s Kitchen. This crowded Hong Kong-style cafe has a big front patio, long communal tables inside, and a menu with well over 100 different dishes on it. You could eat here every day for two months and not try everything, so for first-timers, we recommend sticking to the congee, hot pot, and fried noodle sections - and always get a few plates of pineapple buns for the table. Cash only.
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Medan Kitchen is a great, affordable Indonesian spot in Rosemead. Get something that comes wrapped in a banana leaf.
Beijing Pie House
Beijing Pie House in Monterey Park specializes in dumplings called Xian Bing, and they’re very tasty.
Nakas Kitchen is a Hawaiian restaurant in Monterey Park that has created a new, non-traditional kind of shave ice.
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Bang Bang Handmade Noodles
Bang Bang is a Highland Park pop-up with handmade noodles worth driving across town to eat.
Kim Chuy in Chinatown specializes in the coastal cuisine of Chiu Chow, a city in the eastern part of Guangdong province.
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Lao Xi Noodle House
Lao Xi Noodle House is a low-key Chinese spot in Arcadia that serves some of our favorite noodles in SGV.
Huge Tree Pastry
You don’t have to wait for dim sum to get a great breakfast in SGV. Case in point: Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park.
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