Several weeks ago, while trolling Valley Blvd in search of a bahn mi joint, I nicked into a strip mall for which nondescript would be a high compliment. Being in the city of San Gabriel, it of course contained the code-required three sit-down Asian restaurants. At the Vietnamese restaurant, I grubbed a delicious bahn mi with a mung bean popa drink. Exiting, I checked out the Szechwan joint & found it to have all the usual spicy suspects & then some, in an 8-table Folsomlike eating space.
A week or so later, Jonesing for some tea-smoked duck, I returned to the mall 'o paradise to try the Szechwan place. In short, the duck (although apparently on Slimfast before its demise) was richly & pungently wonderful & their version of twice-cooked pork was surprisingly tart (as well as spicy) & delightful.
So I says to myself, "Grubber, this is a classic hounds find. Hie thee to thoust computer." Fates intervened & all of a week went by before returning to the keyboard. I visit Chowhound.com & what to my wondering eyes should appear, not one, but two posts about this self-same joint--Best Szechwan--posted by the perspicacious & prescient Rob & Samo under the Hua Garden title guise.
A shudder raced thru my very being. I fell abjectly to the floor, prostrating myself before the powerful, all-knowing, almighty Chowhound god. If it's delicious, the Chowhound god will lead disciples to it.