San Gabriel Valley is located east of Downtown Los Angeles. Since a large percentage of this area’s population is Asian, it is known for having some of the richest choices for Asian dining in America. Many residents are immigrants who have brought their unique culinary specialties to the restaurant scene. From hole-in-the-wall establishments to upscale dining that attracts celebrities, there are many options to choose from when deciding where to eat. Here are eight of the best.
Despite a lot ramen shops recently setting up shop in the area, this one is still a local favorite and is unlike any other local ramen shop. They offer a whopping 31 different kinds of ramen, from menudo to white creamy nanchatte ramen broth. While waiting, you can read one of the Japanese Mangas on the shelf.
Foo Foo Tei, 15018 Clark Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA +1 626 937 6585
Ma Ma’s Lu is a local favorite Chinese dumpling house. Their menu features a large variety of options, ranging from dumplings to fried rice. The juicy pork dumpling (Xiaolongbao) melts in your mouth, and true to the establishment’s name, is their most popular dish.
Ma Ma’s Lu, 153 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA +1 626 307 5700
If you like spicy food, then look no further. Chengdu Taste hit San Gabriel Valley like a storm, garnering much acclaim. Being the only establishment to offer authentic Szechuan cuisine in the community, it’s always super packed here – and there’s a reason why. The food here is delectable and their dishes can really deliver a spicy kick.
Chengdu Taste, 828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA +1 626 588 2284
Lunasia recently opened a new location in Old Town Pasadena. They are known for their high-quality, fresh dim sum. Unlike most other dim sum places, they offer this every day. It has beautiful decor inside and is located over two stories, with a plethora of seating inside.
Lunasia, 239 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA +1 626 793 8822