Hu's - What Happened?. I love standard Americanized Chinese fare. But this, this was a bastardized bastard. Egg drop soup was fine. The chicken wings appetizer was crispy and flavorful on the outside, but undercooked becaus the wings were oversized. The beef broccoli was tender but had a pasty flavor from the corn starch exterior. Ugh. The orange chicken featured an odd red sauce that looked like catsup. Just strange.
4 Star Sichuan for West LA. If you can't make it to Yun Chuan Garden in Monterey Park, then this will curb your Sichuan craving temporarily, as long as you don't order anything off of the combo menu. The Szechwan Cabbage & Pork Chop soup is the only item off the menu that i've had at an authentic Sichuan restaurant and the Szechwan Wonton ground pork dumpling in chef's special hot sauce is pretty good. The twice cooked pork here doesn't resemble the real dish in the slightest, where the pork is more like lean bacon, but it's good.
Best dumpling appetizer. This hole in the wall Chinese restaurant is the best in Palms! The service is great and the prices are reasonable. The portions are huge and the food is delicious though a bit on the greasy side, but that's almost to be expected. Make sure you try the spicy dumpling appetizer. It's da bomb! Parking is a nightmare. Try finding a spot on Motor or Woodbine or Mentone.
Not better than Panda. I've been hunting for a decent chinese place and decided to try this after it appeared on Citysearch's best eats under $20. We ordered a soup, a shrimp dish, a vegetable and a kung pao, all items highly recommended in other reviews. Very disappointed overall. The soup lacked flavor. The meat was chewy. The sauces were unremarkable, too thick, and without nuance. Sadly, not cheaper or better than Panda Express...
Best Chinese Food Here in WEST LA. Hu's has been my favorite from Day 1. The service is quick and the dishes are very tasty and served in large quantities. Since I'm Asian myself, I can tell when the food is Americanized or truly Authentic. At Hu's its AUTHENTIC! I love the Cashew Nut Shrimp and my Fiance Loves the Orange Chicken. Some may think its oily but I think that's up to each persons' liking. I usually ask for a small amount of oil used in my dishes and sometimes even extra ginger or garlic in my dishes. I wish you the best experience at this restaurant.
The WORST do not go there.. I read the reviews and decided to give this place a try. I have tried it a few times and it is hard to believe this place is highly rated. Its not even close to being a good place to eat compared to any chinese restuarant I have been too. I found that Hu's was greasy and service to be poor. My last visit, Eric, the manager, took my order togo. Eric made a mistake on my order, which I found out at home. I was over-charged. When I called, Eric, he insisted that it was my fault that he made an error. If we wanted the money difference, I would have to go to the restuarant with all the food so that he can correct the mistake and re-make our lunch. Eric said he would re-make the lunch correctly. I went back to the restuarant, Eric took the food gave me correct change. When Eric gave me my order, I thought it was awfully quick, and Eric told me he had them hurry and re-make our lunch, which was a lie. It seems that Eric just re-pack the same food in different containers. Eric replaced the salad with an eggroll, but the problem was he gave us the original main course back without re-making it. Eric has the nerve to lie that he re-made the lunch, even though we pointed that out. We did not see any stream coming from the container. Its clear that I need to find a new chinese restuarant with better business practices, and better food. I would not go here ever again.
Sizzling Szechuan cuisine that puts Palms on the dining map..
Like a down-home coffee shop in Hong Kong, Hu's decor blends traditional Chinese watercolors with chintzy plastic tablecloths. A spectrum of spicy Szechuan tastes are offered, as most entrees come drenched in pyrotechnic sauces. Yu hsiang beef is served blended in garlic, ginger and pepper, while shrimp with Szechuan hot sauce combines wine, garlic and chili-kissed tomato. Subtler, less spicy dishes include Mrs. Hu's salt-and-pepper chicken wings, chilled vinegar cucumbers, and stir-fry string beans.
Best Chinese hole in the wall.. This small local joint doesn?t look like much but the food is awesome. If you?re looking for an alternative to your typical fast Chinese fast food this is it. I prefer to take out, the place needs new decor, it's a hole in the wall, great service though. The egg rolls are amazing and you got to try the kung-pao.
Szechwan Soul Food! Nice Neighborhood. Parking a pain. Car pool and enjoy!. This is NOT an upscale restaurant with a star chef. This is a "joint", the equivalent of soul food joint on the corner in Detroit. Except instead of soulfood and Detroit, substitute Szechwan-style and south-central China. It's heavy, think and so dang good! My favorite is the Orange Peel Chicken and the Szechwan Dumplings. Sometimes the Orange Peel can be too "crispy". Make sure you ask them not to over cook it. The Stir Fried String Beans and Szechwan Shrimp are insane, too! If you want to get down-home, make sure you have some white rice so you can pour some of the dumpling sauce on it. ROCKIN'! You can do this with the Bon Bon Chicken appetizer's sauce as well. The sauce for both dishes are spicy and the bomb and you don't want to waste it, so sop it up with the rice! Now, if you can get there during lunch, they have a soup that is only served at that time. Chinese Chicken Cold Noodle Soup (I think). It's made with the same sauce as the Bon Bon Chicken. You WILL eat the entire bowl. This place is right in between Sony and 20th Century Fox studios and all my peeps from both have made pilgrimages to Hu's. Plus it's cheap and the service is great. The waiters are the kind of guys that will remember your name. So go often and they'll treat you like a star! MY ADVICE: Print this review, go with a bunch of friends and order only the dishes listed here (order it ALL 'cause it's cheap). Don't listen to the food snobs! Those people just don't get it and they never will. Let 'em eat at Chin Chin's. This place is for artists, hippies and the young at heart. This is the soul food from the East. Embrace it! Go to Hu's with the crew, have a great time and get your Szechwan Soul Food Grub on! OUT!
Food fresh all the time. I live in the neighborhood & see them prepairing the fresh vegtables everyday here. I don`t know what that person is talking about that the food like tasted like leftover. 15 yrs is a long time & never a bad meal.
I've grudgingly converted. Utter lack of ambiance, slightly low-rent Palms location, and very limited parking initially turned me away from this establishment. After two visits, however, I'm willing to concede that the food is both high quality and high value. The menu is nothing too ecclectic, but this place is really about standards done right. Service was friendly and reasonably fast on both past visits. Caution on the orange chicken: it's very orange. We're talking actual pieces of orange rind. Bottom line: not a place to impress a date, but if you're in the area and looking for really good basic Chinese grub, try Hu's. If you can find a place to park.
The Kung Pao is Superb!. I use Kung Pao sauce as my Chinese food barometer and their Kung Pao sauce is amazing. Different than any I've had, it's just about perfect. I order it with white meat chicken, since I've never been a big fan of the lower grade chicken customarily used by Chinese restaurants in Kung Pao.
Very disappointed (avoid). After reading a few positive reviews on this website my wife and I decided to give Hu's a chance. Unfortunately, not only was the food sub-par, but the service was downright awful. We waited over an hour and a half for our food, which arrived luke warm and was an absolute dissapointment. If I had to guess I'd say they just reheated old food.
"Best Chinese Food in Los Angeles". Don't be frightened off by the sketchy storefront. My friends and I have started referring to Hu's, with tongue only slightly in cheek as the "Best Chinese Food in Los Angeles". It's one of few Chinese restaurants where each dish isn't a carbon copy of the stereotypical norm. Everything is an original here. The ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the waiters are on top of your every need, there's nothing to complain about price-wise. You absolutely must try the Shrimp with Schechuan Hot Sauce. Hu's is also the only restaurant I know of that doesn't skimp on the meat. If you order a shrimp dish, you're getting a big pile of shrimp...
It's MINE and you can't have it!. My wife discovered this comfortable little hole-in-the-wall. Their food and service beat anything and everything in this price range -- we once accidently left our doggy-bag on the table and our waiter ran out into the rain to give us our leftovers. I challenge you to beat that for service. Get the soup (any soup), and the Eggplant
Woo Hu's should be it's new name!!!. I love this place. Inexpensive and decadently yummy. Parking sucks and the 70's decor is a little less than to be desired...but the food makes up for it. Order the sizzling rice, orange beef or chicken (i like the beef better), shrimp noodle, and some white rice. The food is sooooo damn good! This is a top 5 of chinese restaurants west of Monterey Park.
Why is this so highly rated?. I've been living in my neighborhood for 7 years and my neighbors used to rave about Hu's so often I finally gave in and tried it myself. The food was truly terrible. The wonton soup was so salty I couldn't finish it. Thinking that perhaps it was an off night, I gave it another try about a month later. Nothing improved. There are plenty of good, clean Chinese restaurants on the westside that deserve this place's rating.
User review by mandajacki. Mediocre Chinese food. The base ingredients all seemed of decent quality, but the preparation was poor. In general the sauces are too sweet and not nearly spicy enough for Szechwan cooking, with little depth or distinctiveness of flavor. The orange peel beef was the least mediocre; the Yu Hsiang chicken was tender but otherwise uninspired and again, too sweet. We were so disappointed with the Ma Po Tofu, which was too soupy and utterly bland, and if the ground pork was there we couldn't find it, that we complained to the waiter. To their credit, they took the Ma Po Tofu off the bill. There is always the possibility that you might have better luck if you specify spicy and ask for authentic Chinese, but in general, nothing about the meal justified a return trip.
very disappointed. the beef noodle soup was good but other than that the food wasn't that good. the sweet and sour pork had crust that was a mile thick around a tiny morsel of meat. everything seemed to lack taste. however service was prompt and the portions were big. do not be fooled by the high ratings.
Grossly overrated. I just cannot believe the 9.3 rating and the Best of awards. I understand that it is suppose to be the most bland kind of American-Chinese food without ounce of authenticity and refinement, but please they can't even make the most basic dishes taste good. Sweet and Sour pork was a disaster -- unchewable hard meat, flaky thick crust and the sauce tasteless. The only saving grace was the eggplant dish. I will not recommend this to any people who at least have some decent appreciation for authentic Chinese food. You can get equally cheap but well-made authentic Chinese food from other places. People really, don't fool by the ratings. I shudder to think that people mistaken THIS is what *good* Chinese food is like. Really there's no need to settle for low quality like this.
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