Cuisine Scene: Chinese

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, takes place January 22 (Happy Year of the Rabbit!) and there are all kinds of ways you can celebrate. You can head to Fourth Friday on Fourth Street, aka Retro Row, on Jan. 27 for its Lunar New Year-themed event. Or you can dine at one of the many great Chinese and Chinese-inspired restaurants around Long Beach. Fortunately, you can do this anytime and in so many places. Here’s a handful of local spots that bring their own unique take to one of the world’s foundational cuisines.


This place is a bit of a throwback; a sitdown restaurant with requisite comfortable lighting and traditional Chinese decor. Because of this, as well as its contemporary interpretation of classic dishes and an insistence on high quality, fresh ingredients, Chen’s (2131 E. Broadway) has long been a destination for those looking to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or other big events with large parties. Popular dishes include Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp as well as Chicken, Mongolian Beef and BBQ Pork Ribs.



One of the newest, most distinctive additions to Long Beach’s Chinese cuisine scene, Morning Nights is located in The Hangar (4150 McGovern St.) – located at the Long Beach Exchange– and features a contemporary, curated menu of vegan dim sum such as Salt & Pepper Oyster Mushrooms, plant-based Walnut Shrimp, Scallion Pancake Rolls, Sticky Rice Lotus Leaf Wrap (with OmniPork strips), and Taro Egg Rolls. They also offer a fun, wide-ranging cocktail menu that includes the 5 Spice Whiskey Sour, Passionfruit Hennessy Margarita and Garden of Zen with Butterfly Pea Infused Gin and Elderflower Liqueur.



The original Yang Chow opened in Chinatown nearly 50 years ago. Long Beach’s Yang Chow 2.0 (2930 Clark Ave.) has a slightly smaller menu, but of course serves the restaurant’s signature Slippery Shrimp dish. The dish, which features shrimp fried briefly then tossed in a variably spicy, garlic sweet and sour sauce, basically put Yang Chow on the map. Yang Chow 2.0 also has other “Slippery” dishes, including chicken and tofu, as well as such beloved items as Kung Pao Chicken, Schezuan Beef, and Sweet and Sour Pork.

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