Wing Hop Fung

★★★★☆
  • 121 W Ann St

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  • 323-940-8888

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The service is really good but the food could be better at the price they charge. I wouldn't recommend people to come to this place unless you really want to try for yourself.

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The service is really good but the food could be better at the price they charge. I wouldn't recommend people to come to this place unless you really want to try for yourself.

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Wing Hop Fung has two stores, the Chinatown store at 727 N. Broadway Ave. in Los Angeles, and the Monterey Park store at 725 W. Garvey Ave.

Let's talk about Monterey Park. This store is fully customized, modern in every sense of design and customer service and on the cutting edge of the Asian market for Western red and white wines. I drive 25 minutes from Long Beach to do all my wine and tea shopping at Wing Hop Fung. Why? Well, put it this way: the wine store near my home sells Silver Oak 2001 Alexander Valley Cabernet for about $75. The guy that runs my local place told me he was putting it on sale for $56. At Wing Hop, this hard-to-find wine has been $58.88 (lucky Chinese numbers) for as long as I can remember! Everything is super-low priced at Wing Hop. This is because its still a secret place with a cult following. While the Chinatown store, which carries some wines, has been around for 26 years, the Monterey Park store has been around since only 2005. The store is about 20,000 square feet and is gorgeously appointed.

The selection of loose teas cannot be beat. You simple point to the tea you want to try and the friendly "tea lady" makes you a sample. You can sample many of the things for sale here, from herbal remedies for sprains and pains to their selection of honeys, deserts, snacks and treats. I like the Detox tea for about $2.99 a box and the Royal 1&One tea, which is about 5 bucks for a big box. You can fill your loose teas to order, I usually get about 4 ounces, which lasts quite a while. If you're into herbal remedies, the Monterey Park store has an herbalist on site and does $15 consultations. Then you go over to the apothecary and get your "prescription" filled. You take the herbs and brew them into a tea. Many of the herbs do the job they are supposed to do, but remember, if you have serious medical concerns go to a hospital instead.

What I like most about this store is that it's appeal to the sensibilities of a Westerner like me. It's clean and doesn't smell weird. The sales staff are mostly Cantonese speakers, friendly and engaging and they do their best to speak English. I've never had language difficulties here.

What I also like about this store is the wine tastings it offers on a daily basis for a super cheap price, usually just a nominal amount of a few dollars. The wines for tasting seem chosen totally at random. Some days you walk in and you can try a Karl Lawrence cabernet or Donnhoff Riesling, or an expensive German ice wine. Other days there's a decent $15 bottle of Napa cab to try. The owner of the store is really into wine and customers get to taste whatever he is tryining himself. The owner is pretty laid back and if you ask for discounts on cases of wine he's willing to talk. As I said, his markups aren't all that high to begin with. If you are a lover of pinot, then this is your store. His pinots apparently don't go over too wildly with his Chinese customers, leaving more for us non-Chinese. He has Paul Hobbs, Flowers, Clos Pepe, Amon-Ra and other top pinots sitting on the shelves, not secreted away in a back room. The Wing Hop wine cage is pretty well stocked with things like Lafite, Petrus, Mouton Rothschild, Dalla Valle, Peter Michaels, Cakebread, Caymus, Opus One, and more. Wing Hop is also the owner of the complete MacCallan Scotch Whiskey catalog going back to 1926!

As of this writing in 2006, the Monterey Park store is beefing up its collection of German wines in the belief that Riesling is the perfect wine for Asian cuisine. (Hey, the Japanese are on to something!) There's a good selection, ranging from Donnhoff - the top producer in terms of quality - to Dr. Loosen, which gets pretty fair ratings from the critics and sells between $10 and $30. You can also get Chinese wines here. Info about sales, etc. is at the Wing Hop Fung web site: www.winghopfung.com.

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★★★★★

Wing Hop Fung has two stores, the Chinatown store at 727 N. Broadway Ave. in Los Angeles, and the Monterey Park store at 725 W. Garvey Ave.

Let's talk about Monterey Park. This store is fully customized, modern in every sense of design and customer service and on the cutting edge of the Asian market for Western red and white wines. I drive 25 minutes from Long Beach to do all my wine and tea shopping at Wing Hop Fung. Why? Well, put it this way: the wine store near my home sells Silver Oak 2001 Alexander Valley Cabernet for about $75. The guy that runs my local place told me he was putting it on sale for $56. At Wing Hop, this hard-to-find wine has been $58.88 (lucky Chinese numbers) for as long as I can remember! Everything is super-low priced at Wing Hop. This is because its still a secret place with a cult following. While the Chinatown store, which carries some wines, has been around for 26 years, the Monterey Park store has been around since only 2005. The store is about 20,000 square feet and is gorgeously appointed.

The selection of loose teas cannot be beat. You simple point to the tea you want to try and the friendly "tea lady" makes you a sample. You can sample many of the things for sale here, from herbal remedies for sprains and pains to their selection of honeys, deserts, snacks and treats. I like the Detox tea for about $2.99 a box and the Royal 1&One tea, which is about 5 bucks for a big box. You can fill your loose teas to order, I usually get about 4 ounces, which lasts quite a while. If you're into herbal remedies, the Monterey Park store has an herbalist on site and does $15 consultations. Then you go over to the apothecary and get your "prescription" filled. You take the herbs and brew them into a tea. Many of the herbs do the job they are supposed to do, but remember, if you have serious medical concerns go to a hospital instead.

What I like most about this store is that it's appeal to the sensibilities of a Westerner like me. It's clean and doesn't smell weird. The sales staff are mostly Cantonese speakers, friendly and engaging and they do their best to speak English. I've never had language difficulties here.

What I also like about this store is the wine tastings it offers on a daily basis for a super cheap price, usually just a nominal amount of a few dollars. The wines for tasting seem chosen totally at random. Some days you walk in and you can try a Karl Lawrence cabernet or Donnhoff Riesling, or an expensive German ice wine. Other days there's a decent $15 bottle of Napa cab to try. The owner of the store is really into wine and customers get to taste whatever he is tryining himself. The owner is pretty laid back and if you ask for discounts on cases of wine he's willing to talk. As I said, his markups aren't all that high to begin with. If you are a lover of pinot, then this is your store. His pinots apparently don't go over too wildly with his Chinese customers, leaving more for us non-Chinese. He has Paul Hobbs, Flowers, Clos Pepe, Amon-Ra and other top pinots sitting on the shelves, not secreted away in a back room. The Wing Hop wine cage is pretty well stocked with things like Lafite, Petrus, Mouton Rothschild, Dalla Valle, Peter Michaels, Cakebread, Caymus, Opus One, and more. Wing Hop is also the owner of the complete MacCallan Scotch Whiskey catalog going back to 1926!

As of this writing in 2006, the Monterey Park store is beefing up its collection of German wines in the belief that Riesling is the perfect wine for Asian cuisine. (Hey, the Japanese are on to something!) There's a good selection, ranging from Donnhoff - the top producer in terms of quality - to Dr. Loosen, which gets pretty fair ratings from the critics and sells between $10 and $30. You can also get Chinese wines here. Info about sales, etc. is at the Wing Hop Fung web site: www.winghopfung.com.

Pros: Good selection, clean, modern and friendly. Low prices.

Cons: Parking can be sticky on weekends.

 

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