WHY For golden-crusted north Chinese pastries, flaky flatbreads, meat pies, stuffed buns and dumplings.
WHAT Probably the first xian bing (meat pie) place in SoCal, this tiny café makes irresistible versions, filled with beef, lamb or veggie mixtures—like leeks with egg or wild mushrooms. Don’t miss the multi-layered homeland meat pie—filled with juicy seasoned beef, it’s the size of a cookie sheet and makes an instant banquet for several hungry souls.
WHO Mostly Chinese nationals, for whom these goodies are pure comfort food.
Region: San Gabriel Valley
Neighborhood: Monterey Park
Features: Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Value
Price Range: $10-under
Cuisine Type: Chinese