It’s called Happy Garden and it’s located on New Ave and Valley Blvd.
Happy Garden is arguably the most authentic Taiwanese restaurant in the Los Angeles area. It’s been around since 1995 and has always been operated by Jim Huang, who works the kitchen while his wife works the front end of the house. Though the menu has shifted throughout the years, the decor has remained the same: coral pink tables, Chinese menus on the wall, and a beaded fish curtain on the hallway to the bathroom.
Huang was a chef in Taizhong, a city in the southern part of Taiwan, and his menu reflects a lot of southern Taiwanese specialities. You won’t find regular customers ordering beef noodle soup or even stinky tofu here; Huang’s strong points are offal and seafood.
Unfortunately, the family-owned eatery will be shuttering in the near future. According to Huang, they are too short-staffed and the numbers just aren’t adding up. They’ve already put in an advertisement in the Chinese newspaper to sell the place.
Don’t play it safe when it comes to ordering at Happy Garden: Try the offal. Turn the page for a list of 10 recommended dishes.