New to Gardena/South Bay area - TASTY KITCHEN in the same plaza as 99 Ranch Market on Atesia at Normandie - located in the most easterly corner space. Found this place on the fly as we were doing some quick shopping at the Ranch.
They were doing a brisk business for lunch today. Lunch specials were priced at $5.50 and $6.50 offered a variety of items but we ordered from the menu.
The owner offered a complimentary cup of Mushroom Chuk (porridge) thick and rich, lots of assorted mushrooms.
We then ordered:
Pan Fried Dumplings - nicely done with dumpling skins that were not too thick - and good portions of pork fillling.
Crispy Chicken with Fried Garlic - very nicely done, moist and succulent,
Minced Chicken in Lettuce Cups - good flavor and texture.
Shrimp with Cashew Nuts and Fresh Peas -shripms were perfect just lightly sauteed and tender - not rubbery.
BBQ Pork (char siu)- tender slices with served on a bed of sweet daikon and carrot pickles.
Steamed Rice-so that we could taste the flavors more correctly.
Of course we had to finish with an Almond Float topped with Fruit Cocktail - homage to memories of chinese restaurants past - sigh!
Will definitely go back to try other menu items and may be at lunch for their lunch specials-guys next to us were slurping down nice size bowls of won ton mein - will need to try that too.
In talking with the host, we found out that the chef and owners are alums of the Empress Pavillion/Sea Empress group, and that they have been opened for about 3 weeks.
1324 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
Dinner Served from about 4:00 until 9:30 - 10:00ish on weekends - sorry forgot to ask when they open up for lunch - but we were there at about 11:30.
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