Having dined at over 4,000 Chinese restaurants in North America, it's not often that I find something new under the sun in an Americanized Chinese restaurant. However, I have to concede that they have something different at Canton Restaurant in downtown L.A. Their menu listed an item referred to as a fried beef shiu mai. Not finding beef shiu mai all that often, I ordered that item expecting something along the lines of a pan fried potsticker. What I got was a large deep fried meatball in a gigantic wrapper, fried so deeply that most of the meatballs had separated from their wrapper, which had turned into something crisper than a potato chip. I'm sure these items are artery clogging, but they were quite tasty. Canton Restaurant is at 2017 E. 7th St., near Mateo St. in the wholesale district, so don't drive your Beemer or wear your fancy duds.