2960 E. Colorado Blvd
I found myself in the East Pasadena area during lunch so I happenned upon Fu-Shing, a Chinese Szechwan restaurant. I was surprised how packed it was for lunch after 1:30pm and I actually had to wait. At first I was thinking of taking off and trying something else, but I'm glad I stuck around. The waiting area was full of past food reviews and I happened to see that Jonathan Gold actually did a CounterIntelligence article years ago. I was ignorant of the restaurants history so this was interesting. Apparently, this was a good Szechwan restaurant in San Gabriel, which had relocated.
I was by myself, so I just got a lunch special (under $10 meal). I figured I would start off with a standard Kung Pao Chicken dish. The lunch special started off with typical eggroll and hot & sour soup as pictured above. Nothing to write home about.
But the Kung Pao chicken was pretty good. A pile of smoky, peanutty chicken bits that was not drowned in sauce. What was cool was that this place doesn't shy away from the peppers! Check out what was left after I spooned away all the chicken, peanuts and veggies.
I have to agree with Mr. Gold's assessment in his review, you really need to come with 4+ people so you can try a bunch of dishes here. If you're solo, come for a lunch. I'm going to come back with some more folks next time to try other dishes.
Fu-Shing: Chinese Szechwan Cuisine
2960 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-8898