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Half of the Fujianese Restaurants in Los Angeles Are Gone

Chandavkl | Mar 28, 201201:45 PM

As far as I know there have been two Fujianese style Chinese restaurants in the L.A., area--the touristy Foo Chow in Chinatown and Liu Xiang Yuan in San Gabriel. Indeed that might be all for the entire state of California. However, it's just Foo Chow again (as it has been for most of the 30 plus years that Foo Chow has been around) as Liu Xiang Yuan is gone. I was driving on Las Tunas Dr., having already eaten lunch when I spied the sign with the words "Noodles" and "Grand Opening" out of the corner of my eye. Having learned that the Grand Opening might be your only chance to try a new SGV restaurant I made a dangerous and illegal turn into the parking lot to check it out. I found that in Liu Xiang Yuan's place is Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House, immediately adjacent to Luscious Dumplings. Despite the presence of Hong Kong style wonton on the menu, this turns out to be a Shanghai style noodle and dumpling restaurant with XLB and regular dumpling items on the menu, along with stuffed pancakes. They even have chicken dumplings on the menu, but alas, they were just fancy chicken siu mai, rather than the real chicken dumplings I've been looking for, albeit quite tasty. Hou Tou Xiang Noodles House is at 704 W. Las Tunas Dr., #5, though with all of the turnover around Luscious Dumplings, who knows for how long?.

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