well, I've been looking around for a while... went to lake spring based on people liking it here, but to be honest, it's not very authentic chinese food... the lady serving me didn't even speak mandarin very well, far from being shanghainese... the food, however, seemed very "americanized" to me, the ingredients they used were not authentic, but rather seemed to be for a different palate, which is fine, because my girlfriend really enjoyed it and I must say, the food was good nonetheless...
from going to shanghai every year though, I must say the most authentic food I've found in LA is a small restaurant in alhambra... I believe it's at 828 W. Valley Blvd... it's in a little strip by the road, I always recogize it because it's near a "15 cent water" stand... if you get off the 10 at atlantic and head in the alhambra direction (north), make a right on valley, you're almost there... you'll pass by a market, and then the 15 cent water place, and it's on the right side... I don't even think there's an English sign there, I only saw "Wok and noodle" on the credit card receipt (they do take visa/mc for 30 dollars and up, even though there's a sign that says cash only)... it's very authentic shanghainese food, the waitresses, while not the nicest ever, are all genuine... for the food, everything I've tried has been good, esp. pork dishes... the appetizers (spring rolls, buns, etc.) are good as well.
I hope to try green village in the focus plaza soon as well, as I stepped in the other day and it looked pretty promising...
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