My fiancé and I dropped in here after doing some shopping in Hollywood a few weeks ago. He had ordered take-out from here before and been pleased with it, but the restaurant had let him know that we technically live outside their delivery area and the might not be willing to deliver again. I asked my fiancé if he'd mind us going there so I could try it, and he said that he wouldn't mind at all, and that he wanted cream cheese wontons.
In we went. The place is not large on the inside, but looks very small on the outside, so it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to see as much seating as we did. The kitchen and service staff are Chinese, but all the other customers were Anglo and Black Americans. That's OK, though; I'm not one of those people who will dismiss an "ethnic cuisine" restaurant out of hand simply because people of another ethnicity enjoy the food there. I actually prefer dining at Chinese restaurants with more Westernized dishes much of the time because there tends to be more that I can eat there, since I'm a vegetarian. However, people in search of "authentic" Chinese food might find that this place doesn't have what they are looking for.
I ordered the orange tofu and was very happy with it. Unlike with orange chicken, the tofu was not breaded, and the sauce was spicy and a bit garlicky rather than unremittingly syrupy sweet. It is served with what the waitress called "Chinese vegetables," which seemed to be peppers, onions, and maybe some chopped bamboo. There were a lot of other dishes with tofu and veggie dishes that sounded very appetizing, but the portion I got was so big that I really couldn't entertain eating anything else. I give the restaurant bonus points for offering the option of steamed brown rice, which is even more filling. I believe that this in $1 extra, but in my opinion, it's completely worth it.
My fiancé did get his cream cheese wontons. I ate a couple and thought they were good in an average way, pretty much what I'd expect cream cheese wontons to be. If that's something you love, these will please your taste buds. He also got kung pao chicken because he liked it so much when he had it before, and said that it was just as delicious the second time. If I'd had more room for desserts or an inclination for sugar, I'd have perhaps ordered the Thai ice tea or the mochi green tea ice cream, but I suppose those are for another future visit to Green Tea House, as I'd definitely go again when I'm in the area. You should give it a try if you find yourself wanting some good Chinese-American food!
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