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Super King Chinese Buffet

Chandavkl | Nov 12, 2004 05:47 PM

It seems that Chinese food in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley is marked by a succession of fads, in that a disproportionate number of new restaurant openings at any particular time are of a similar ilk. Going back to the 1970s were the Chinese delis, followed over the years by Chinese seafood restaurants, Hong Kong style cafes, shabu shabu restaurants and boba cafes. The latest genre appears to be the Chinese seafood buffet, as three of them have opened up in the San Gabriel valley in the past few weeks. Of course Chinese buffets have always been a staple, but most of them tended to serve Americanized Chinese food. Chinese buffets with non-Americanized food have been relatively uncommon and not particularly successful. Part of the problem is that keeping "authentic" Chinese food warm under a heat lamp or on steam trays is difficult. However, the new generation of Chinese buffets seems to be surmounting this issue. Super King opened recently at 10632 Lower Azusa Road in El Monte, and while their selection is short of that found at West Coast Seafood in Hacienda Heights or World Buffet in West Covina, it does have a nice array of very tasty items as evidenced by the overflow crowd waiting to get in. The weekday lunch feature seems to be the baked scallop in the shell, which was being snapped up as fast as it was put out. The baked salmon, steamed cod, and fried fish were also very good, and they had the obligatory sushi bar which I did not sample. At $7.99 the weekday lunch is definitely worth the price. I'll have to go back to check out the weekend seafood menu.

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