My mom would always say, “I’d never have to cook again if Kang Kang were in LA.” Kang Kang Food Court was introduced by Chinese USC students to my sister, then to my mom, and then to the rest of the family. Up to now, there’s never a week that we don’t go to Alhambra, a city that is as Chinese as a wonton noodle soup, with all the eating establishments thriving around. For us, it has become opiate to go there. Well, Ericke and I brought a friend there last night. No counting calories.
Monstrous Taiwanese slush (kinda like halo-halo but with condensed milk) is my fave food at the food court that is not really a food court but more like a cafeteria. The Kang Kang cuisine is a selection of the best of the regions in China like they have a lamb and sour vegetable casserole dish and a meat pie to represent the north, etc. Besides the food display at the counter, the rest of the menu is on the walls.
I read a piece from David Chang (yes, of Momofuku fame), “We were supposed to go to at least four or five other places afterwards, but I ruined the trip—I ordered way too much. I couldn’t delay my gratification. I ended up spending an impossible amount of money, like over $100. And it’s so cheap there. Whenever I go to LA, I should probably try to get a weekend apartment in San Gabriel Valley just to eat Chinese food. That would be my weekend home. White people can get a beach house. I would get a Chinese-eating house (read complete post here).”
The Jing Dong meat pie (in photo above) is my second fave. My third is the oyster cake. I also love the mouthwatering fried pork bao (in photo below) that’s like the water siopao at the No Name siopao stand on Benavidez we featured in FoodPrints on the Lifestyle Network.
Prepare to be stuffed at this place. They also have a selection of frozen food to bring home.
Kang Kang Food Court 7 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, California Phone: (626) 308-3898 Open 7am-11pm
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