Deerfield Garden in Monterey Park is still a great destination for Beijing-style food, Jerome says. But for some reason, the place continues to fly under the radar of Chowhounds, even though it's chock-full of San Gabriel locals.
The pot stickers are truly excellent, Jerome says, made correctly with a slurry that forms a crisp second skin. Deerfield Garden's other best dish is a stir-fry of pressed tofu slivers with exquisitely thin baby bamboo sprouts. Also a winner: Beijing rou bing (meat pie), layers of pastry with ground meat Jerome calls surprising, and very filling. There's also a refreshing cold dish of thick noodles made of green beans (Beijing liang fen), served with a light sesame sauce and cucumber. The Shandong-style braised pork tongue is excellent, and leftovers make great sandwiches. It isn't technically on the menu, but look for wall signs advertising it.
Deerfield Garden's menu also offers Sichuan and Cantonese dishes, plus dumplings like xiao long bao, but don't bother. Go for the Beijing stuff.
Deerfield Garden [San Gabriel Valley]
130 S. Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park