Restaurant: Happy Harbor
Location: 1015 Nogales St, West Covina, CA 91792. 626-965-2020
Date: October 30, 2021
Cuisine: Cantonese Chinese
Rating: Great cantonese
Yarom discovered this place during the day (for dim sum) not too long ago and as it was really great in that mode we decided to hit it for Sunday dinner.
Happy Harbor is a medium sized Cantonese located right next to Mandarin plaza, a “far east” (Hacienda Heights ish) area we have eaten at again and again.
The interior is classic Cantonese.
With the tanks.
And the over-decorated private room which was where we set up shop.
On table to start, cucumbers. A bit sweet.
The show off the live “creatures.”
Cold plate. Roast Pork, Roast Duck or Chicken, Jellyfish, Macau style pork belly.
Tofu with preserved egg. Oddly sweet and not one of my favorite versions.
Lobster with garlic and ginger. Very tender.
“Spot prawns” in a crunchy very fried Typhoon style. Not immensely garlicky but the prawns themselves were very well cooked.
Quail. Excellent version.
Peking duck skin. Not enough, but good. Buns unfortunately instead of pancakes.
Peking duck meat/bones. Lots of meat here, more should have been cut onto the other plate.
Duck letuce cups (from same duck). Good but no hoison at the time. Radically insufficient hoison.
The actual lettuce.
Chicken “Knees.” Great flavor!
Beef ribs and egg plant. Nice.
Vermicelli pancake with beef and eggy sauce. Delicious “pizza.”
Pork chops. Very friend. Ok.
XLB. A little under-seasoned.
Free custard buns. Nice.
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Happy Harbor was quite seriously good, definitely in the top tier of Cantonese kitchens (of the many) in the SGV. A bit further than most, but excellent.
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