I have an old, dear friend who's moved to a place where they adulterate Chinese food in the name of the vox populi. She's back here for a visit and has asked for proper hot and sour soup (that is both hot and sour) and proper crispy duck.
I know where to get both of those, but not at once. It doesn't need to be beijing kao ya, any crispy duck will do, but I'd like to avoid a restaurant crawl since we will be in separate cars and would like to catch up.
SGV would really be preferable since I'm in OC and she's in Arcadia, but anywhere in SGV is fine.
Help me, Chowhound-wan, you're my only hope!