Saucey and Flavorful
Posted on 01 / 23 / 2012
I had read about this place on happycow, and have dined here many times over the years. Here's my Happy Family in Rowland Heights review.
Was last here in late January 2012 for dinner. For Chinese vegetarian food, this place is fair, some dishes are better than others. The menu and the food taste is not unlike the other veggie Chinese restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area. In fact, I think this Happy Family is one of the first ones (that's still in business as a handful have come and gone) that others have since copied.
Whenever I come here, I always diners occupying tables, so the restaurant definitely has a consistent clientele. The menu is extensive with dishes featuring all sorts of vegetable dishes as well as a wide range of mock meats (mock chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, etc...), plus some Taiwanese style snack foods.
I like the sweet and tangy "pork" that's made from taro root coated in a sweet batter, deep fried, and drenced in a sweet and savory sauce. It's decadent. I also like the simple buddha's feast, stir fry medley of veggies with mushroom. The tofu and eggplant claypot is also a staple for my family when we come here.
My husband likes the spicy bean sauce fish and the bean paste long green beans.
Overall, the food is decent, some dishes I like better than others. Salty and saucey, like most Chinese restaurant food. I would prefer less salt, but that's okay cuz I don't eat this food often.
The service is prompt and food comes out super fast. It gets very busy on the weekends, so you'll likely have to wait for a table. Worth checking out when in the area.
many choices, cheap lunch specials, prompt service
salty, possible MSG in pre-made sauces