So I haven't dedicated as much of my time in L.A. in becoming as well versed in Chinese food as I would like. I've passed many a chowhound topic thinking..."Meh, I'll check it out sometime". My only real delve into chinese food was Green Village, and to be honest, as good as it was, I just haven't gone again due to the drive. I'm aware of some regional distinctions in the cuisine, and some of the cooking principles, but no real eating experience. Isn't there a recent J.Gold bible for this or something? Can anyone recommend a good start, a book, a link? I feel like I'm the straggler of the group and wouldn't even know what to type in the chowhound search bar, thanks in advance!
A side note, I get this weird anxiety when I go to ethnic places now. Every time I get Thai, Mexican, Indian I start thinking, "Dammit, I can't remember if this is a NORTHER cuisine, or SOUTHERN, and even if I could remember, which dishes come from where? I want to order what's good..." This doesn't help when menues Thai and Indian places, like the menu at Green Village, often read like a friggin Bible. Perfect example: Renu Nakorn. I drove 40 minutes to get to that place to get probably the worst thai meal I've ever had. Ordered a beef salad, a mixed seafood curry, pad thai and something else completely unmemorable. Either that place is overhyped or I ordered exactly what I shouldn't have.