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There's no denying that L.A. is a literal melting pot of gorgeous food offerings. On any given day, an Angeleno can travel the globe within a two-mile radius, giving that passport (and belly!) the runaround in a span of three meals. And, when it comes to Chinese food, we take the cake — and the noodles, and the dumplings, too! Whatever you're hankering, someone is certainly dishing. In fact, some neighborhoods are completely devoted to a particular region or specialty.
We know what you're thinking: Holy dim sum, the options are endless! Don't be daunted, because whether you're in the mood for a traditional Cantonese pork bun or more adventurous fare, we suggest you skip the standard takeout menu and dig into one of these top ten dishes. Trust us, chopstick skills aren't required!
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This pancake features some serious attention to detail. Need proof? Hand-rolled behind the counter, it's then wrapped around savory-braised pork and slow-cooked leeks. The texture is quite similar to a pupusa — spongy, yet crisp to the bite. We suggest you take your time watching that counter and chef Kam Hong in action. If you’re lucky, you might even spy knife-cut noodles being made with some serious flair. We’re talking about some serious tableside entertainment! Kam Hong Garden, 848 East Garvey Avenue (between New and Orange Avenues); 626-280-9318.
Orange chicken is a classic — and for good reason! Nothing beats sticky, candy-coated chopsticks and some sweet 'n crispy chicken. Chi Dynasty has been serving up contemporary Chinese dishes for nearly 30 years, and this particular dish is one that satiates our gooey-citrus cravings with every blissful bite. Chi Dynasty, 12229 Ventura Boulevard (between Laurelgrove and Vantage Avenues); 818-980-3888.
Why do these Chongqing-style wontons make the top of our list? Well, for starters, this bowl will make you feel all tingly inside with its combo of silky noodles, minced garlic, and near mouth-numbing chili oil. Can’t handle the heat? Order that oil on the side and set your own flame fate. We guarantee this dish will become one of your late-night musts from here on out. Lucky Noodle King, 534 East Valley Boulevard (between San Gabriel Boulevard and Allegro Square); 626-573-5668.
If you're in the mood to take a drive in the Rolls Royce of Chinese dining, you might want to step on the gas and treat yourself to Wolfgang Puck's WP24. For added mileage, tack on an order of the Angry Lobster — trust us, this dish doesn't mess around! It's a whopping two-pound Maine lobster coated with spicy Szechuan chilies, fried garlic, and sprinkled with black bean dust. While this might not be your weekly go-to, it’s most definitely one of the only exotically deluxe dinners that will end in a pile of finger wipes. WP24, 900 West Olympic Boulevard (at Georgia Street); 213-743-8824.
If we could live in any kind of house, it would be one made of dumplings — talk about a delightful existence, right? Din Tai Fung is as close as we’re going to get to these dreams, and this spot has no shortage of delicate pouches to choose from. This vegetable and pork bun can be ordered either hot or cold, and is one seriously satiating satchel of flavors. If you want to try something a little more curious during your next visit, we suggest you head straight to the sweet taro bun and send it our regards! Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, 1108 South Baldwine Avenue (at Arcadia Avenue); 626-574- 7068. FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF TOP 10 CHINESE DISHES IN LA, CLICK OVER TO REFINERY29.