Welcome to San Gabriel in the Los Angeles County, a place heavily influenced by Chinese culture. Just head east of Downtown L.A., and you’ll go into this vast suburb of LA. You’ll be culture-shocked. After all, LA is quite diverse.
Embassy Kitchen is a rather “high class” version of Chinese restaurant. So far, this place is our favorite. L.A. is big, so if you’re a tourist living in Downtown who wants to eat here, it’s going to take you approximately 30 minutes to get here.
Here they specialize in Hong Kong style Cantonese cuisine.
Some things you should try:
The bean curd skin with luffa has a unique taste to it. The bean curd is very soft and the luffa (the green vegetables) are not too crunchy. It is perfect when you mix it in with rice as well.
The braised bean curd is a good light dish, except that the tofu isn’t too tasty, even though it looks like it’s covered in sauce. When you bite into the soft tofu, a bland taste fills your mouth, and you might want to add soy sauce to enhance the flavor. The imperial pork is very sweet and tender, (and the sauce is a perfect addition to your rice). However, just be careful, you might have a hard time spotting the bones. It’s still a excellent meat dish though.
The live steamed daily catch is also a pretty good seafood dish. You need to know that they haven’t removed any of the bones from the fish, so you have to be careful of where you pluck your meat. The back (excluding the parts where you have the fins) and the tail are the parts where you will find the least bones. Trust me. Swallowing a fish bone is like swallowing a toothpick. On the other hand, the meat is usually very tender and appetizing to the tongue.
I really recommend the glutinous rice balls for dessert. Aside from the free red bean syrup soup (this sounds strange, you’ll know what I mean when you go there) that they provide after the meal, this is another good dessert which is better (but not free). The glutinous rice balls are very squishy and soft, but don’t squish the balls too hard for the main part of it, the sesame paste, will flow out and burn your tongue. I can’t even describe how good the taste is. One more word of caution: don’t breathe in the powder at the top of the balls.
You’ll enjoy this restaurant, no matter if you are a tourist or a local. Maybe it will become your new cafeteria, just like this restaurant is ours.
Address: 218 S San Gabriel Blvd San Gabriel, CA 91776