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Phoenix Inn

208 E. Valley Blvd. (Monterey St.)
Alhambra, CA 91801
Cuisine: Cantonese / Chinese
Home-style Cantonese cooking creates flavorful adaptations of classic recipes.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily
Phoenix Inn, Alhambra, CA

Phoenix Inn Restaurant Review:

The ample portions aren't really the reason to come here; rather, it's the innovative and home-style Cantonese cooking. In other places, the same repertoire of char sui, chow mein and chop suey makes repeat overtures, but you won't find too much of that at Phoenix Inn. The house special is the cold appetizer gem of boneless chicken, basically chopped, boiled chicken tossed in a tangy soy-based dressing. Another specialty is steamed stuffed bean curd, which are cubes of tofu filled with ground pork, all cooked in a fragrant black bean sauce. There is a bevy of protein options, like clams stir-fried with Vietnamese basil, prime rib pieces cooked in honey and black pepper sauce, and deep-fried whole fish with special soy sauce. Phoenix Inn also has a healthy-choice menu featuring a wide range of stir-fried vegetarian dishes that use less salt and oil. This spot is a great option for special occasions or group gatherings, with prix-fixe menus for ten people starting at $218. The dessert shop next door sells tarts, custards and jellos, all with a Chinese twist. That means flavors like jujubes, lotus seeds and sesame are typical. Don't be afraid to try the red-bean congee and coconut milk with tapioca --- they are surprisingly refreshing.

Padma Lakshmi recipe

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