On the recommendation of Wendy8869, I took myself off to Great Wall Mongolian BBQ in La Habra. When I was a newlywed two and a half decades ago we used to love Mongolian BBQ as a cheap, filling meal. Haven't been for years but have been thinking about it for a few months, wondering if any of the several places near me are any good.
Great Wall is the place to go. It's the usual arrangement of very thinly sliced meats, sliced vegies, and various sauces, oils and condiments which are quickly stir-fried for you on a giant grill by the chef. Great Wall has their meats (chicken, pork, beef and lamb) in a refrigerated table that keeps them frozen, so they stay fresh. The veggies are varied and also fresh. You pile your selections in a bowl, pour on your sauces, and hand the bowl to the chef who cooks it, puts it back in the bowl and hands it back to you.
Using a hint someone here (sorry, don't recall whom) posted, I pressed my stuff down, so was able to add a few more veggies. Also, Great Wall advertises they have "The biggest BBQ bowls in Los Angeles!" The finished product was tasty and healthy (I'd only used a little sesame-flavored oil). Their lunch special is one bowl of BBQ, an egg roll, egg-drop soup and fried rice. Skip the egg roll (cold and not good) and the soup, and ask for steamed rice. The whole meal, including a bottomless glass of iced tea was $5.91 -- tasty meal and a great value.
My only regret was I couldn't have those sesame-seed-coated "biscuits" -- the ones a bit like a small, rectangular pita, where you tear off an edge and fill it with the food. They only serve them at dinner where $7.99 gives you all you can eat of the BBQ, rice, soup and biscuits.
Thanks, Wendy, for the recommendation!
Great Wall Mongolian BBQ
1261 S Harbor Blvd Ste A,
La Habra, CA 90631
(on the Harbor side of the strip mall with the Target on the SW corner of Harbor and Imperial)