Given the pouring rain and cold weather yesterday, we thought a dinner of jook and noodles at Luk Yue (at Garvey and Garfield, in Monterey Park) would hit the spot. Turned out to be a very disappointing meal.
The restaurant was busy, though not full, at 7pm on Sunday night. We ordered 2 jooks: a "gap dei jook" which has liver, fish balls, pork stomach and other things, and a pork and preserved egg jook. Both were tasty, but the pork and egg one was more so. Bits of diced pork, not chunks like you usually find in other restaurants, swimming in congee topped with a healthy dose of fried wonton skins and scallions. The flavor of the jook was superb: slightly salty from the pork, set off nicely by the eggs which weren't too sharp. Texture was a bit watery, but it was all quickly polished off.
Unfortunately, nothing could save the noodles. The double-fried chicken mein was crunchy with a good gravy of stir-fried pork and bean sprouts. However, it all quickly turned soggy. Beneath the noodles we found a pool of water. The noodles in the beef chow fun (gravy style) were cold. The Ja Leurng, or chinese donut wrapped in rice noodles, were also served cold and doused with a water-downed hoisin sauce. The chinese donuts were old and yeasty, no crunch at all.
Perhaps we went at a bad time. Since Luk Yue is hopping in the mornings and really late at night, I can only hope that during those times, all of the food is as good as the jooks...
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