In Los Angeles there are alot of chinese "take-out" restaurants. BUt when i tell you take out, i'm not talking about Panda Express style takeout with Kung Pao Chicken and Beef and broccoli, i'm talking good ol home style chinese food.
THe great thing about these places is the fact that they have SO many choices and they give you so much food!
Rolling Wok in Rowland Heights gives you Boba Milk tea, soup, rice, and three dishes for 4$ flat after tax. There are 8+ types of cooked veggie dishes, whole fish, shrimp, pork, beef, chicken, and everything you can ever think about eating. (they seem to always have tomato and egg)
But this style of food in LA actually started in Monterey Park (to the best of my knowledge) in a store called Shau Mei. Its about 4.50$ for the same thing sans the drink, which a much oilier selection (that's for you to decide if its better or worse). You get in line, and BAM BAM BAM your food is at the counter waiting for you.
Right here i ordered, Chicken and Mushroom, steamed Egg with minced pork, and Wintermelon with wintergreens. My girlfriend and i actually split this meal cause its quite large!
The egg is a lil bit salty, it'd be significantly tastier if they didn't put so much salt in it (funny part is, it was in the "low sodium" section). But i do like this style of egg, just something about the silkiness like tofu that really gets to me.
Chicken and mushroom is pretty standard fare, its good just nothing amazing.
The wintermelon was super good! the greens really added a different element to it. Wasn't quite salty, but it did have that extra kick of taste (its actually my favorite vegetable in soup noodles!). Very delicious!
The only bad thing about these places is how bland the soup is. But i rarely get around to drinking the soup since i'm so stuffed after eating everything!
This place actually has a much larger selection of food off the menu, noodle soups/rice dishes and the such if you want to order it, but i rarely have seen a single person order from the menu.
Shau May Restaurant
104 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754 (thanks!)