King Hua, Alhambra

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

King Hua

2000 W Main St

Alhambra, CA 91801

626-282-8833

King Hua Website

King Hua Alhambra Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Per the guru: King Hua is one of the top 3 Cantonese Chinese restaurants in the SGV aka San Gabriel Valley. The other two are Sea Harbour and Elite. (Lunasia does not belong in the top 3) We have been to the other 2, so it was time to try the last one. Sea Harbour has been our favorite to date.

Just another 3.5 star Chinese restaurant on Yelp located near a Target.. Difficult to tell this is a top ranked place. King Hua was opened by a dim sum chef who left Sea Harbour. Hence the menu and decor looks very similar. They do have some dishes circulating, but most items are ordered on the menu and then cooked.

King Hua Alhambra Interior Decor

Insider Tip – Come during the weekday to avoid the crowds

Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – Alhambra, CA
Opened – 2008

Service – King Hua had classic drop and go Chinese restaurant service. Had to hollar to get them to come back.
Verdict – King Hua serves up very good Dim Sum. Definitely a spot to hit when in LA if you are into this type of food.
Next time we are in LA, we will come back and try more of the menu.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

King Hua Signature Dishes – Shrimp & pork Dumplings, Steamed Shrimp & Pea Tips Dumplings, Baked Chicken Salad Bun, Fried Rice & dried scallops & egg white

King Hua’s Menu looks just like Sea Harbors. Straightforward classic dim sum with some modern twists.

Website King Hua Menu

King Hua Food Picks:

King Hua Alhambra Shrimp and Pea Tips Dumplings

Steamed Shrimp & Pea Tips Dumplings ($6.25 SP) is a signature dish and looked very nice, albeit sloppily plated. Far better than the har gow. Pea tips slanted the flavor profile.

Deep Fried Pork Dumplings ($3.08) were simply fantastic. Freshly fried, not greasy, and just enough meat. As good as it gets.

King Hua Alhambra Deep Fried Sesame Balls pork dumplings

Deep Fried Sesame Balls ($3.08) also hit the mark. Fresh, hot out of the fryer, not too sweet.

King Hua Alhambra BBQ pork buns

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns ($4.08 M) had 3 good sized one. Solid meat in the center, but lots of bun.

King Hua Alhambra Pork and Shrimp Dumplings

Pork & Shrimp Dumpling in Broth ($6.25 SP) was also great. Robust hot broth and a huge dumpling. Well done.

Plain Porridge ($3.08) was about what we expected.

King Hua Alhambra Wolf Berry Jello

Wolf Berry Jello ($4.08) was filled with berries and osmanthus. Pre-cut and not too sweet. A nice refreshing dessert on a summer day.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Shrimp Dumplings ($5.08) are a reference dish at any dim sum joint. Surprisingly they were pretty average! Small shrimp, bland.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

King Hua Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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