Went with Mrs. O and our out-of-town visitor to Chung King in San Gabriel Monday night. We were delighted to see it packed with Asian kids, out in twos and threes for the most part, having real food and enjoying it; look, guys, there's hope for the world! Delight faded somewhat, however, when we searched the menu for our old favorites and found at least two missing. Our friend's favorite dan dan noodles were gone, as were our beloved salty/prickly ash pork ribs. Unfortunately, our server was very much limited in the English department, and it was just too crowded and busy for us to want to go find a manager of some sort, so we found other things to order, plus our favorite cold appetizers (pig ear, seaweed, peanuts w/dried fish), and wound up with twice as much really good food as we could eat in one sitting: red-braised beef noodles, a stir-fried lamb dish with leeks, and a very large mess of duck chunks in a gravy with garlic shoots, bamboo shoots, and strips of the gelatinous bean substance that looks like some form of marine life. And of course lots of chopped or whole chile pods in everything.
The guest insisted on picking up the tab, so I didn't see it, but our dishes averaged around $10 apiece, and I think the appetizers are $5+ for any three, and we drank only tea. So I'm guessing $40-something with tax and tip. And there's a bunch of it in the fridge downstairs, which I am just about to have for lunch.
In the meantime, does anyone have the scoop on where our dear departed dishes went, and why?
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