I love Food Network. They give me access to great chefs who share yummy recipes. And for those days when I don’t want to cook, they tell me about all the places I need to try. One of those places was Yang Chow.
Yang Chow is located in the heart of Chinatown. Well, technically, there is a second location in Pasadena, but shouldn’t great Chinese food come from Chinatown? I think so.
With a friend in tow, I hopped on the Metro and headed into downtown Los Angeles. After one train ride and short bus ride, we were there—30 minutes before the restaurant opened. Did I mention we were also starving? Thankfully, there were plenty of other shops to explore while we waited with rumbling bellies for the restaurant to open.
The main reason for our visit was Yang Chow’s famous slippery shrimp. While the name is odd, the dish is fabulous. Garlicky and a little bit sweet, the dish was succulent and delicious. It was honestly the best shrimp dish I’ve ever had. We also had shrimp toast and pan fried noodles with beef, and both were very good.
The food was great, and the service was also excellent. The place stayed incredibly busy, always a good sign! People were constantly coming into the restaurant, and the kitchen was making plates and plates of slippery shrimp. It really is their signature item, even though everything coming out of the kitchen looked fantastic.
I definitely plan on going back and tasting more of their menu, although slippery shrimp will always be a must have!
819 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The neighborhood is very walkable and fun. If you’re looking for something a little sweet, I’d recommend The Phoenix Bakery, which is just down the street from Yang Chow.