My wife and I have been living in Torrance for about a year now. We're also really into Chinese food, so like any good Chowhound would do, one of the impotant tasks on our "to do" list is to scope out the local Chinese restaurant scene.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we have VERY little free time to go restaurant-hopping. We make a lot of trips to Downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel area for our Chinese fix, but I really would rather find some local places instead. Specifically, we're interested in recommendations for Chinese barbecue (cha sui, roast pork, roast duck, etc.) and rice porridge (jook).
Are there any hidden gems in the Torrance/Gardena/South Bay area for these two specialties? Or are we SOL and have to resign ourselves to more regular trips to San Gabriel?
Thanks again for your help,
P.S. Just to reciprocate, here are some of our Torrance-area Chinese restaurant recommendations:
* Seafood Port -- northeast corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Torrance Blvd. Small, grungy, and noisy, but the food is very good, and the sizable portions help make your money go farther.
* China Buffet -- half-mile south of Hawthorne and Sepulveda. A bit pricy for a buffet ($11/person for dinner), but they offer a wide variety of dishes, and the quality is surprisingly good, all things considered (the sushi alone is worth the money IMO). Arrive early; the place is JAMMED for dinner, and we've had 40-minute waits every time we've gone.
* China Tea House -- 3314 Sepulveda Blvd. Do NOT be suckered into going here, when the other restaurants listed above are nearby. The food here is a step above the "$1 Chinese Food" joints, but not by much. I actually ate here twice, but the second time was only because I hadn't found the better alternatives above.