I went to Kang Kang Food Court in Temple City today. It recently opened in the last few weeks. It allegedly has food from a number of regions in China: Taiwan, Eastern (e.g. Shanghai), Northern, and Southern. Although it's a Chinese restaurant, the best way to sum it up is in an American expression: "jack of all trades, master of none."
With such a large variety of cooking styles, it wasn't obvious from which regions the cooks hail. Therefore, we ordered dishes from a number of regions in the hope that we could find at least one good dish: beef roll (Northern), Suzhou Pork Noodle Soup (Eastern), xiao long bao (Shanghai), and wonton noodle (Cantonese). The unanimous consensus from all my family members was that everything was bland and mediocre in quality.
The beef roll is not even comparable to the ones found at 101 Noodle Express or JTYH. The xiao long bao is easily the worst I've ever eaten. It tasted like overcooked pork swimming in a flavorless broth. Even the xiao long bao found at Cantonese dim sum places is better, which I never thought possible. The wonton noodles were insipid. The wontons themselves tasted like flavored cardboard. I've never had wonton noodles that bad in my life. It was even worse than the time I first tried to make that dish in college. I've never had Suzhou pork noodle soup before, so there is no way to compare it. But I didn't like it. It lacked a good flavor.
The worst part about it was that the food was not cheap compared to other Chinese restaurants. They averaged about $6. Yes, that's cheap compared to the Cheesecake factory, but I can think of many more places with much better food for the same price. Usually, when I go to new places, I try to find some glimmer of hope that the food has a chance to improve so I can check again in a few months. I could find nothing like that in the dishes I ate.