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Ramen and Peking Duck--Together At Last

Chandavkl | Jan 28, 201112:30 PM

Typically Chinese food and Japanese food prove to be a lethal combination when served at the same restaurant, as versions of both cuisines usually turn out gruesomely. I do remember a possible exception a couple of decades ago when Ginza Garden in Gardena had separate Chinese and Japanese menus and dining rooms (in the space now occupied by Sea Empress), and at least the Chinese side was very good. We may now have another example with a restaurant whose name appears to be Lu's Chinese Kitchen in West Covina's Hong Kong Plaza. I say this appears to be the name, because the only English language signage above the restaurant entrance says "Ramen". There's also a large banner on the side, proclaiming the presence of "Japanese noodles and Peking Duck." Plus there's a large poster extolling the talents of Chef Ken, the man in the kitchen. It is only inside where you see the main menu bearing the name "J M C Chinese Kitchen" and take out menus for Lu's Chinese Kitchen. Since the Lu's name also appeared on the cash register receipt, I figure that's the real name. I wasn't in the mood for ramen or Peking Duck, so I settled for the black bean fish instead of the popcorn chicken, which was pretty good. And if the ramen chef really is a veteran of Santouka, maybe both menus are good over here. Street address is 987 S. Glendora Ave., #K, next to the moribund HK2 market.

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Santouka
3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Chinese Kitchen
3441 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ginza
1068 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835

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