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Best Szechwan Chili on Garfield in Monterey Park

kevin | Feb 13, 2006 07:18 PM

Went there a couple weeks ago, with a friend, for a nice chinese food eating excursion. seems pretty authentic to me, but i'm not as experienced when it comes to chinese food.

anyways, ordered up some of the cold appetizers in the buffet case. What I believed to be the owner spoke English very well, and told me about all the treats in the case. Very nice. some of the waitresses are not as fluent in english to say the least.

So got the beef tendons in spicey chile sauce, along with the tremendously good fried beef jerky in chile sauce. This is really really good stuff. The tendons not as great, reminded me of a place I went to in SF called Jai Yun, where they bring you tiny cold plates appetizers at the very beginning of your omakase chinese meal, but that's for another board altogether.

We got the Golden Fried Lobster as our main dish. And this is a whopping sucker at a little over four pounds. And lastly we ordered up the ZaZen or ZeZen lamb.

First, the lobster arrived and already are two-top was full. Oh, well. And then the lamb arrived. The lobster was tremendous stuff, truly delicious, we polishing it all off including the prized roe which was tasty as hell. I had tried this lobster before and it was just as good as before. Truly great stuff. The lamb dish on the other hand was not my cup of tea (nor my friend's) a little strange tasting with the spices and all.

Washed it all down with some cokes and hot tea.

Afterwards, it was off to Mr. Baguette for one of their great Avocado Smoothies (there's actually some real avocado in there unlike some of the other vietnamese shakes around those parts and in the orange curtain area). The smoothie was as good as usual refreshing cool, and hit the spot after a heavy meal.

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