I spent some time in China last year and am craving some authentic dishes that I ate there. I expect that there are places to find them in L.A. - can you help?
1) Chong Qing Chicken - Spicy, tiny, crisp-fried morsels of bone-in chicken, usually served liberally mixed with whole red chilis.
2) Authentic-style Szechuan Sting Beans - made with Szechuan peppercorns and served with almost as many red chilies as green beans on the plate. Yeah, I know - it's illegal to import Szechuan peppercorns now. But I bet they're out there anyway.
3) Beijing style noodles - thick noodles served with a rich, salty bean sauce. (It sort of reminded me of China's answer to macaroni & cheese - great comfort food.)
4) Here's a dish I don't even know the name of: a popular dish of pan-fried fish (sometimes fish steaks), served in a thick sauce with fried cornbread (sometimes medallions, sometimes steak-fry size sticks.).