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Cheng Du Restaurant (Pico near Barrington)

joe | May 25, 200611:25 PM

Someone here the other day mentioned a place called Cheng Du, on Pico near Barrington. There are so few good places on the west side that I tried it, even though it was nearly certain to be a disappointment. The menu is not just Americanized but Westsidified, with some dishes even given calorie and carb ratings. I got the "chicken dumplings in red" and the "spicy chicken with tangerine flavor". The dumplings were actually quite good, with lots of flavor. The spicy chicken, however, was standard-issue Americanized Chinese food, complete with gloppy sauce. Bleah. I should have had the guts to tell them that I wanted real authentic Cheng Du food, so it's really my bad.

I have to say, it was a weird experience to walk in there. What with so many top-quality real Chinese restaurants available in the San Gabriel Valley, I haven't eaten at an Americanized Chinese restaurant, except for Hu's, in at least ten years. I wondered if I was experiencing it at least a little bit in the way that a Chinese person would.

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