I love this place. Occasionally it can be hit or miss. For instance the last time I was there I ordered the sweet and sour chicken and it was all dark meat which i hate and my husbands chicken dish was all white meat. Needless to say I liked his better so next time I would specify whether I want white or dark meat. Also, they have brought out the wrong rice before. But all that aside I LOVE the orange peel beef and the rib appetizer. They have some tasty drinks too. They also have lunch bowls until 4pm that come with a bowl of soup and are way cheaper than a dinner entree. This place is made for sharing - in fact they give you each a plate and put all the meals in the center of the table, so it's great for a group outing, trying new stuff, or saving $ by ordering fewer meals than people! What I really love about this particular location is the service and the location. Perfect dining spot after nice shopping experience at the Beverly Center mall.
You can't argue with the huge popularity of this place - it's an institution. The good news is that the food portions are VERY generous and pretty darned tasty. It's just not *great* - other Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area can lay claim to that title. But the heck with semantics - you'll enjoy your eating experience, particularly if you get the very sweet slippery shrimp. If you eat at the restaurant, don't order one entree per person, unless you plan on taking a lot of food home. This is meant to be shared. So experiment, grab a few entrees and everyone have a taste. Fun. Be aware that the line to get in is typically very long, due to the popularity of the place. I prefer to order take-out, where I can enjoy Yang Chow food in my home with my friends. Always a fun treat. Our friends from London insist on us ordering Yang Chow food whenever they come to town!
the deep-fried bean curd is unique--thick, golden, crunchy batter that sticks well on above-averaged-sized pieces of bean curd. i give the bean curd on a good day here 5 starts (there are days where they're good, but not great). the other regular entrees i've been getting over the years are the deep-fried chow mein hong kong-sytle, roast duck, walnut mayonnaise shrimp, and sweet & sour pork. i give these 3.5-4.5 stars. over the many years i've been going to won kok, the food quality has been consistent. NOTE: this is a chinese restaurant that cops, filipinos, and hispanics almost exclusively seem to fancy; i rarely see chinese people here, other than any chinese friends with me and the staff.