Yang Chow

Restaurants, Chinese Chinatown
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Yang Chow
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Trenton T. 

Home to its famous slippery shrimp, Yang Chow Restaurant is a family-run staple in Chinatown, started by a family of five brothers who named the restaurant after their hometown. Once an old-school diner, the restaurant opened their doors in 1977 and now serves a menu of over 100 items from Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine. A Los Angeles Times review in the early 1980s featuring the aforementioned slippery shrimp launched Yang Chow into stardom; since then, customers have come here to try the dish along with other specialties including kung pao squid and General Tseng's chicken. If you can't make it to the Chinatown location, Yang Chow has branches in Canoga Park and Pasadena as well.

By: Jarone Ashkenazi


Venue name: Yang Chow
Address: 819 N Broadway
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-10:30pm
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Yang Chow has the ambiance, the rapid fire service, and pictures of celebrities who have visited on the wall to be confused with a classic NYC chinatown establishment. However, I was mildly disappointed in my quest for the perfect LA Chinese food. I ordered the kung pao chicken, a classic Sichuan dish, but it lacked the hardiness of that deep fried kung pao you envision when dreaming of Chinese food. Mine was wet and was Panda Express level quality. I wouldn't be surprised if this was scooped out of a silver tray and platted in the kitchen.

With that being said, I messed up. Unbeknownst to me the slippery shrimp is their legendary dish, and judging by other people's tables the noodle dishes are popular. The string bean appetizer also looked phenomenal. 

I was expecting a fat deep fried egg roll, with that same oil-y crisp kung pao, but this isn't NYC. This is LA. According to their wall of celebs Jack Black was there. Is he wrong? Magic Johnson was there. Is he wrong? Denzel was there! No way he can be wrong.

I didn't love my first Yang Chow experience, but would I give it a second chance? No doubt.