15 Feb Please The Palate Pick of the Week: A Classic Chinese Culinary Feast at Bistro Na’s in Temple City, CA
The Year of the Rat is here! January 25th marked the 2020 Chinese New Year and the festival lasted through February 8th. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a group of friends and I went out for a classic Chinese culinary feast at Bistro Na’s. Bistro Na’s is located in Temple City in the San Gabriel Valley. It is also the only traditional Chinese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in Southern California and it is the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Walking into Bistro Na’s feels like walking into a scene from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The restaurant looks like a traditional Chinese home. The main dining room looks like an enclosed formal Chinese courtyard. Musical instruments hang above the gold and red room with bamboo trim and high-hanging lights. Past the dining room are private banquet rooms, each elegantly designed with Chinese accents.
Bistro Na’s is unlike most Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. It is not Cantonese or Szechuan or a Dim Sum restaurant. Instead Bistro Na’s serves Chinese Imperial Cuisine, dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This was a cooking style reserved traditionally only for the Emperor and the royal family.
At Bistro Na’s you can order a la carte but they offer six different banquet menus. We selected the menu which included King Crab. We took our seats in our private room and our feast began.
Soon our table with filled with dishes!
Okra in Seasoned Dressing
Hidden Treasure Lotus Root
Chili Tofu Skin Salad
Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs
BBQ Kurobuta Pork
Na’s Drunken Chicken
Chef Su’s Pork Feet Jelly
That was round one! Favorites from round one were the Okra in Seasoned Dressing , Chili Tofu Skin Salad, Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs, and Hidden Treasure Lotus Root. Round two then arrived.
Crispy Shrimp – the shrimp is fried at such a high heat that the shell is super crispy, edible and super yummy.
Diced Black Pepper Honey Angus Beef – The beef was so tender and the sauce was sweet and spicy.
Na’s Braised Pork Belly – Meaty cuts of pork belly in ginger and garlic and served with mushrooms and winter vegetables.