MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
After a 30 year hiatus, Hwa Yuan has reopened to give locals what is quite literally a taste of history. The famed cold noodle recipe dates back to 1968 and is as delicious as ever. Owned and operated by the same family since day one, today the restaurant is striving to regain its status as the neighborhood’s focal point. The tri-level space evokes Chinatown’s heyday, with gracious service and polished surroundings befit for a glamorous evening out. If Shorty himself is around, ask about the good old days and he might even break out the old photographs. Stick to the menu's familiar Sichuan dishes for a successful meal. Highlights include the "must-try" dry sautéed tangy beef and crispy chicken, served as a half chicken with crispy, golden-lacquered skin.