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Hong Kong Express in La Puente replaced by New Kitchen

Chandavkl | Sep 26, 201101:44 PM

You're thinking this must really be a slow news day for me to post on this topic, but actually there's some newsworthy stuff here. It is true that New Kitchen apparently is using the same stream trays that they used at Hong Kong Express and probably is serving much of the same clientele. But for a city like La Puente, which was a beachhead in the establishment of authentic Chinese food in the SGV with the opening of a branch of Kin Kwok some 25 years ago, I can't say there's been much Chinese food worth eating in that city since Kin Kwok closed down. So against this backdrop, New Kitchen is worth noting. For one thing, they have niu rou mein. While the broth is OK and the beef is actually quite good, the noodles are terrible, so skip this dish. But at least it's on the menu. Then there's the shark fin soup. Now at $3.95 for a small order, I suspect this is the imitation stuff made out of gelatin. But hey, I've never seen a Chinese fast food place in the US purport to offer shark fin soup so this is notable by itself. Then there's the sweet and sour fish. This is actually better than the majority of the versions of this dish in the SGV, the batter being light and not too thick and the sauce not too sweet. And for big spenders, there's even a $215 item listed--group fast food for 30. New Kitchen is at 1831 N. Hacienda Bl., near the West Covina border.

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