One last foray into Chinese eating before we move on to all the other cuisines of America! How exciting! As fun as eating Chinese food is, after giant lunch/dinners start numbering into the double digits, you start to get exhausted. Especially since it’s the same shebang every single time - a huge number of relatives gather around the table, there’s a flurry of ordering (you have to have more than you can possibly eat, otherwise you’re a BAD host. BAD!), everyone older than you tries to put more on your plate, everyone comments on how delicious everything is and then as the meal winds down there is a flurry of people trying to grab at the bill. Someone pays, everyone else profusely thanks them. Group picture and go.
This particular meal was at a new shopping complex called Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park, one of the hearts of Los Asian-gles. Metropolitan Area (snicker). Unlike the run-down Ranch 99-ified plazeas I remember from my summers, this one was decked out in tasteful adobo and desert-colored marble. It even had lights on the floor and a fountain! Monterey Park is movin’ on up y’all. Enough about the area though.
Green Island markets itself as “fusion” Chinese – though most of the dishes had a Hong Kong-Taiwanese bend. They had a killer deal on their food, giving you a free extra dish whenever you hit a certain order dollar amount: $30 got you half a chicken, $50 got you sizzling fried rice, $80 got you both. Since we were a group of 20-some people, we got both.
With the extra service of a waiter making it right at our table and dividing it into several bowls for us to share…
Other dishes included Beef & Gailan (Chinese broccoli)
Slightly Poached Bok Choy
Chinese-style Fried Calamari
Rou jiang dou miao (Minced meat on pea shoots)
Kung Pao Shrimp
Sweet & Sour Braised Eggplant
Pork Rib Bites with Vegetables
Hong Shao Pork Shoulder
Spring Onion Omelet
And a Tofu-Broccoli Hot Pot!
A lot of food, right? Well, how else would you show everyone that you’re a good host?
Green Island Restaurant // 500 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754 // Off Exit 23A on the San Bernardino Freeway (US-10)