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  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • Four great vegetarian Chinese restaurants

    Four great vegetarian Chinese restaurants

    Unlike the kale-laced skinny salads of so many vegetarian restaurants across Los Angeles, Chinese vegetarian dishes -- part of a culinary culture that goes back thousands of years -- don’t look all that different from their meaty counterparts. Dishes are heavy on artificial meat and are artistic...

  • Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley

    Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley

    While the San Gabriel Valley isn’t exactly the most ideal place for partying in Los Angeles, you can count on it for some cheap late-night grub when the post-clubbing crowd files in after a long night. Billed as Hong Kong cafes, these late-night diners offer an eclectic mix of Cantonese and westernized...

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