Restaurant: Northern Chinese
Location: 8450 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770. (626) 288-9299
Date: April 8, 2018
Cuisine: Northern Chinese
Rating: tasty, interesting, and very inexpensive
Another Sunday, another fun trip to San Gabriel for more awesome Chinese!
This time to Northern Chinese, which specializes in you guessed it, Northern Chinese. Totally typical strip mall on Valley, walking distance from the previous place I went to, New Century Lobster.
Inside has that low decor drop-ceiling style we know and love.
Decent amount of space, and packed by the middle of our meal.
Meat pies. These might not look like much but they were (hot) and amazing. Very tasty ground pork.
Chinese sausage. Salty and kinda mild.
Cucumbers with chilies and cilantro. Good version of this dish with nice crunch.
Spicy sliced potatoes. I loved these with the spice already on.
Scallion pancakes. Hot but just tasted like oil. Not my thing.
Boiled dumplings. Solid versions of these, but no obvious sauce in the offering. I had to scrounge up some ingredients and mix my own.
Twice cooked special house sliced pork. Super crispy, super sweet, and amazing. Really good ultra fried pork slices.
Cumin lamb. Another great dish.
Cornbread. Looks like pancakes and who knew the Chinese made cornbread?
Chinese greens. Very nice crunchy greens actually.
Steamed fish. Boring, but decently cooked.
Spicy beef. Not a great dish. Tough beef and the sauce didn’t have any mala.
Fried chicken cartilage. Sounds gross, and the texture takes some getting used to, but actually pretty awesome.
Lamb bone soup. Bland with chunks of boney mutton. Not my favorite.
Sweet corn. Very sweet.
Overall, a tasty meal with some interesting stuff. Dishes varied in quality, but the better half were really good. Service was very “overworked” but extremely friendly. Super cheap too. We will be back.
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Love that drop ceiling.