Okay, I know not everyone who has been there will agree, but a good friend and I *love* House of Nan King in San Francisco, and I'm dying to find a place here in Los Angeles/Pasadena that's like it: basically, super-tasty, cheap Chinese food where ambiance isn't an issue. In fact, I take a certain perverse pleasure in little hole-in-the-wall joints where the food is lick-your-fingers good. So long as I'm not passing a Health Dept. "D" on the way in.
Elegant and authentic spots aside, what's the best bang-for-your-buck Chinese in L.A.?