As I grew up in San Francisco, most Chinese food was Cantonese. Ever since moving to the Los Angeles area, I have yet to find an outstanding Cantonese style restaurant. I especially miss the eggrolls, which are different from the common spring rolls served throughout the Los Angeles area. The eggrolls I grew up with were large, always cut into six to eight pieces, with a slightly thicker covering than that used in either spring rolls or lumpia (yes, I know that is Filipino), and stuffed not only with vegetables but with meat. Traditionally, they were served with hot mustard and a red sauce which resembled catsup but was not. I never saw that clear-ish gel-like sweet red sauce served with spring rolls until I came to Los Angeles.
I also miss the fried prawns. These were really giant - not like the typical fried prawns served here. I don't know whether that was due to fishing in the Bay Area, or just a difference in local preferences between Northern and Southern California. The coating was always very light and fluffy, yet crunchy. Again, these were served with hot mustard and that slightly sweet red sauce which resembled catsup.
Cantonese seasoning is more flavorful to me than Mandarin. There is such a large Chinese population here, that I'm sure there must be at least one great Cantonese restaurant, as well as many good ones. I live in the San Gabriel Valley, and so would prefer something close by. However, I'm more than willing to travel to the other side of the county for something scrumptious. Any recommendations out there? Thanks!!