The Chow Mein threads on the other subforums have me feeling a little nostalgic. I grew up in LA in the 60s and 70s and what we knew as Chinese food was obviously nothing like the real thing, but I loved it anyway. The Chow Mein, as noted in the other threads, didn't actually contain any noodles -- just the protein, bean sprouts, celery and onion, maybe some bok choy -- in that translucent sauce, served with the crispy fried spaghetti noodles on the side. Almond Chicken was more like what everyone orders as Cashew Chicken today and there was nothing fried about it. This was pretty much the same style as what I'd get in NYC when I'd visit relatives for the summers of my youth.
Are there any restaurants in the Seattle area still serving this kind of stuff? (Were there ever?) Wong's China Kitchen in Lynnwood seems like a likely candidate but the Yelp reviews are truly terrifying. I drive past it all the time and I didn't think they were even open -- there are never any cars in the lot and the place seems deserted. But there are some pretty current Yelp reviews, so I guess they're open.
I'm not desperate enough to go to the La Choy canned stuff, but it might be fun to give my kids a taste of my youth....
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