Thursday, November 19, 2015


Yang Chow
6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Tel: 818.347.2610
$$ ($15-$30)
Cuisine: Chinese
Sat, 11/14/2015, 11:30am walk-in
   (3.5 Piglets)

Yang Chow is one of those restaurant institutions that has been around for awhile. The first Yang Chow started in Chinatown in 1977 and has since expanded to two other locations, one in Pasadena and another in the Valley. If you visit the Chinatown location, you can see walls full of celebrities who have visited the restaurant.

Yang Chow serves up Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. The restaurant was featured in the LA Times back in the 1980s and gained much popularity ever since. Yang Chow is known for the Slippery Shrimp and every single time I visit this establishment, it is a must order in my book!

The interior
COLD NOODLE WITH SESAME ($7.95): This is a nice way to start your meal. Located in the appetizer section, the noodles had a delicate, chewy texture with a cold temperature to resemble a salad. The sesame peanut sauce was delicious. I appreciated the slices of cucumber for a refreshing taste to the palate.

MY FAVORITE DISH. SLIPPERY SHRIMP ($16.50): This is a must order at the restaurant! The pieces of shrimp were delicate with a crispy coating on the outside. An orange and garlic sauce coat the shrimp nicely with hints of ginger throughout the dish (think orange chicken but with shrimp instead). Supposedly this dish is spicy, but I felt there was no spice at all. This dish is the only reason I visit Yang Chow. 
SZECHUAN BEEF ($15.95): This is a good dish, not amazing. The pieces of beef were fried crisp and coated with an orange peel sauce. The sauce is quite similar to the slippery shrimp dish, except this is more savory. Still good nonetheless. 

Overall, Yang Chow is pretty decent if you're just craving some Chinese flavors. I wouldn't say that it's authentic per se, but it is quite tasty. It is an institution in Chinatown and I believe it is worth a visit. The Chinatown location actually tastes better in my opinion, but the parking can get quite crazy there. 

Notable dishes: Slippery shrimp

1 comment:

  1. This place is a gem in this wasteland of small bars. Came here on a Saturday night around 9:30, not too crowded at that time. Ordered 2 beers and fries at NYC venues and the total was around $16.