“The Chinese Cuisine Festival: A Bite of Los Angeles” is going on now through March 16. 13 restaurants in different parts of the San Gabriel Valley that closely surrounds Pasadena are offering special and secret menus from different aspects of Chinese cuisine.
All around Pasadena’s outlying neighborhoods, restaurants that represent various regional cuisines are taking part in the Chinese Cuisine Festival, the brainchild of Icon Union, a Chinese student marketing platform.
Henry Huang of Icon Union tells the Los Angeles Times that the event is meant to help Angelenos experience the Chinese restaurants that most closely resemble the tastes found in China. To do, event organizers first found restaurants that specialize in various Chinese food categories then found the top San Gabriel restaurants that serve those dishes using a variety of avenues, including experiences, food critics and website ratings.
Huang notes that because most Chinese foodies don’t use Yelp, they relied mainly on the experiences of users of Icon Union’s social media because the organizers “think their experiences reflect what the most popular Chinese food and flavors are in China right now.”
Participating restaurants include Chengdu Taste in Alhambra, Duck House in Monterey Park, Wok B.B.Q. in Monterey Park, Three Travellers Bone Hot Pot in Monterey Park, Hong Yei Restaurant in San Gabriel, Dong Ting Chun in San Gabriel, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in San Gabriel, Hunan Style Restaurant in San Gabriel, Beijing Restaurant in San Gabriel, Spicy City in San Gabriel, Beijing Tasty House in Rosemead, Haige Star in Rowland Heights and Zheng’s Fusion in Rowland Heights.