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288 W. Valley Blvd. #110
Alhambra, CA 91801
It was about 4 in the afternoon and we did not know what restaurants were open around that time. I thought of Tasty Garden. When I passed by the restaurant around dinner time, there were always tons of people waiting by the door. I think this restaurant opened sometime last year. I heard that Tasty Garden served Hong Kong style food. If it is Hong Kong style restaurant, it should be open in the afternoon.
Afternoon Tea menu
We drove to Tasty Garden in Alhambra. The restaurant was open in the afternoon. It was almost full, too. The friendly waiter put us in a booth seat. We saw the afternoon tea menu on the table. The afternoon tea was served from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. There were 10 choices. We picked #1 and #4.
Chinese Herbal Tea menu
A free drink comes with the afternoon tea order. You can pick from milk tea, coffee or any of their Chinese herbal tea. My mom picked Chrysenthemum and Fructus Crataegi Tea. I picked Dried Lotus Longan Tea.
Dried Lotus LonGan Tea & Chrysenthemum and Fructus Crataegi Tea
The waiter brought the Chinese herbal tea soon after we ordered. The tea was served in a to-go cup so we can easily take it home if we don't finish. My mom said her Chrysenthemum and Fructus Crataegi Tea wasn't too sweet. She liked it. My Dried Lotus Longan Tea was sweeter. But the sweet came from lotus and logan. There were also gogi in the tea. It tasted pretty good, not to mention all the health benefits from those herbal teas.
Pig Feet & Wonton Lo Mein ($5.25)
Pig Feet and Wonton Lo Mein's portion was huge. I think it could easily fed 2 or 3 people. It came with 5 big pieces of pork hock and 5 wontons. The pork hock was was tender. It just melt in your mouth. It was simmered in a delicious soy-sauce based sauce. The wonton tasted kinda like Shui Mai (pork dumpling from dim sum). Maybe I had that feeling because it was because the wonton used the same yellow wrap as shui mai. There were pork and shrimp in the wontons. It was pretty good. There were also two pieces of vegetable. The lo mein (noodle) didn't have much taste. But mixing the noodle with the sauce and chili on the table, it was quite good. There was also a bowl of noodle.
Acutally I don't really know the correct way to eat lo mein. Do you drink the soup? Do you pour some soup on the noodle so the noodle doesn't get too dry? Or do you dip the noodle into the soup then eat it like Japanese noodle? Can somebody tell me the right way to eat lo mein?
Chicken Wings & Glutinous Rice with Scallops and Chicken ($5.25)
Next came the chicken wings and Glutinous Rice combo. The chicken wing was so good. It was seasoned with Chinese peppery salt. It was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I like to eat it with the lightly sauteed green onion. I think I can eat at least 20 of these on my own.
Glutinous Rice with Scallops and Chicken
On the menu, it said that there were scallops and chicken inside the leaf-wrapped glutinous rice. But we only saw a few strings of dried scallop and tiny pieces of chicken. There were also a little bit of shitake mushroom. But mostly it was just rice. The portion was kinda small. And it was a bit on the oily side. Comparing with the noodle, we felt the noodle was a better deal then this.
The afternoon tea was a really good deal at Tasty Garden. If you feel like having some Chinese food in the afternoon, or want to have an early dinner, it is a good place to go. I will definately come back to try other items on the afternoon tea menu.