Chinatown: Chinese Dinner at Golden City

seafood and tofu soup

seafood and tofu soup

In my continued quest to eat at every restaurant in Chinatown, I hit up Golden City a couple of weeks ago. Although not a chilly night, we got seafood and tofu soup. We are soup people. We especially like thick Chinese “seafood chowders.” Although this one from Golden City wasn’t bad, it wasn’t very thick. This could be solved with either more whisked eggs into the soup or a cheater method of adding in corn starch. Nearby New Dragon makes a better version.

pea leaves in garlic sauce

pea leaves in garlic sauce

I can’t resist getting pea tendrils every time I see them on the menu. These were slightly older vines but still just as good. Actually, I sometimes prefer the vines over pea sprouts or new tendrils. It’s heartier and Golden City did a good job with keeping the garlic sauce just garlic-y enough but a vampire might be tempted to take a bite because it may be too mild for some.

clams with green onions and ginger

clams with green onions and ginger

Clams with green onions and ginger sounded good to our seafood-loving hearts. The clams were larger than usual but not very fresh so we ended up eating a lot of the green onions hoping to kill the slightly off flavor. I would not say they were bad clams, just not the freshest.

seafood e-fu noodles

seafood e-fu noodles

Most Cantonese restaurants will customize your dish any way you like. We opted to add seafood to our e-fu noodles (aka yee mein). I could have used more seafood but we did have seafood soup, clams and now seafood noodles. Even the most greed seafood grubbers can agree this was good.

I had heard so much about the wonton noodle soup at Golden City and I know we should have gotten it but my friend wasn’t that hungry. That would be the only thing I would return for. Yes, Golden City seems cleaner and nicer than Master Chef and New Dragon but I liked our meals at those two spots more. So far New Dragon is winning the race for my favorite Chinese meal in Chinatown. But there’s still more eating to do!

Golden City Seafood Restaurant

960 N Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 253-2660

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