Chinatown in Los Angeles has a gold nugget of a little restaurant called Qin West which specializes in Guilin style food from China. The best way I can describe it as a mix of spicy and sour in the best way possible that’s incredibly savory and delicious. This restaurant has some fantastic Guilin soups were they use a snail broth that is so incredibly delicious.
The image above is called Guilin Soup. The lily flowers, slices of beef shank, and peanuts make for a incredible mix of flavor and texture.
This is their Liuzhou Soup which is my go to favorite at this place. They use a mix of bone broth and river snails to create a supremely deep flavored broth that is also incredibly refreshing to eat. The pickled lily flowers and tofu skin give it a touch of sour which reminds me of a combo of hot and sour soup with tom yum. Whenever I’m not feeling well I always get this soup.
My friend and I ordered a side of spicy wontons without knowing it came in a soup form. It was indeed very tasty and I would recommend if you are looking for a nice wonton soup but it’s a bit much for an appetizer like we were hoping.
Here’s the Guilin Soup again and above it is their other signature dish Liang Pi noodles. They’re made fresh in-house you can’t beat it. They have a spicy sauce over it with chopped peanuts. If you take bits of the noodle with some of the sliced cucumber it’s super flavorful with a perfect soft noodle texture and cucumber crunch.
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Located on the first floor of the plaza in Ste 11. It’s quite small but look for their white sign and you won’t miss it)