Wonderful meal at Chung King, a Siuchan restaurant in San Gabriel, last Friday. You order your warm dishes at the table, but you can head to the counter in back for a choice of cold snacks to start with--just point to whatcha want. From the counter I got the best salty bar snack ever--fried peanuts with tiny fish--crispy and addictive. Also, a nice break from the intense spice of the warm dishes.
Though the fried chicken with chilis was just about as spicy as a wimpy midwesterner like me could handle, the saltiness (and a tinge of sweet) was just enough to make me scarf it all down.
The crispy rice cakes with a light broth with chicken, fish and mushrooms poured over the top was a yummy mild break from the spice, as was the chinese bacon with green garlic (though I could feel my arteries hardening as I ate). Also, cold tsingtaos come quickly to the table and help mitigate the spice.
Cash only, open until about 10 pm. 1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd in San Gabriel.
Pictures here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...