Chung King Restaurant – San Gabriel

Chung King - San Gabriel

Have you ever attended a dinner where you were so wrapped up in the company and conversation that savoring the food took a back seat? I’m sure that happens all the time for the average bear, but for a food blogging bear like myself, I try my best to keep these rambunctious occasions to a minimum. Otherwise, I end up with a post full of pretty pictures accompanied by vague descriptions, kind of like this one…

Chung King - San Gabriel

The Astronomer and I met up with Remil, Lien, Daniel, Darin, Danny, and Nastassia at Chung King for a weeknight dinner. At one point in the history of great Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, this place was considered to be the very best Sichuan act in town. I was excited to see how it compared with my current favorites, Lucky Noodle King and Yun Chuan Garden.

With The Kung Food Panda in charge of ordering, food came out of the kitchen at a rapid clip. We worked that lazy Susan like she’s never been worked before.

Chung King - San Gabriel

The first dish to land on the table turned out to be the best dish of the night. The “saliva chicken” was mouthwateringly good with its spicy sauce and supple meat. Served cold, the chicken was appealingly congealed, which played off the spice just right.

Chung King - San Gabriel

Simultaneously salty and fatty, the preserved pork with garlic sprouts was a solid number as well.

Chung King - San Gabriel

Water boiled fish is Danny’s must-order Szechuan dish. Chung King’s version, which was heavy on the oil and tongue numbing peppercorns, served up moist and flaky hunks of fish.

Chung King - San Gabriel

The stir-fried lamb with cumin had a unique flavor profile that set it apart from the other dishes this evening. Deeply flavorful and seriously musty, it was a delightful change of pace.  I am definitely ordering this dish again on future visits.

Chung King - San Gabriel

The dan dan noodles didn’t really move me this evening, mostly because they looked like spaghetti. Now, for a standout dan dan noodle experience, I highly recommend dining at Lucky Noodle King down the street.

Chung King - San Gabriel

The mapo tofu was silky, spicy, and appealing, but it didn’t capture our hearts like some of the other dishes did.

Chung King - San Gabriel

Danny ordered a serving of crispy rice rafts with seafood to calm our tongues.

Chung King - San Gabriel

The deep-fried intestines brought a whole lot of crunch and that offaly something that only innards can offer.

Chung King - San Gabriel

And finally, a serving of spicy stir-fried kidneys. We ordered so much food that it had to be stacked on top of the other plates in order to fit onto our lazy Susan.

Chung King - San Gabriel

Chung King is a great little spot for Szechuan cuisine. Come with a big group, order up a storm, and enjoy the burn together.

Chung King Restaurant
1000 South San Gabriel Boulevard
San Gabriel, CA 91776-3113
Phone: 626-286-0298

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