I had a few drinks with my friend Zach at happy hour, something we've been doing for a long time (he's a friend of mine from high school) and our conversation turned towards dinner. Usually we go for barbecue, but we've exhausted all the Pasadena options many times over, so we started talking about Chinese food. Zach is of Chinese ancestry and he knows far more places in the Alhambra/Monterey Park area than I do.
He suggested Hop Woo and I agreed, though I was not familiar with it. We headed down and, in our style, I found that I was the only white person in the restaurant. (I'm not saying this in any kind of ain't-I-hip way, but rather because this has always been a common theme with us. The first time I ever went for dim sum was with Zach when we were 21, a place in Monterey Park, and I was the only white person in the house. They brought Zach chopsticks and me a fork; "It's so you don't have to ask," he commented. Another time years ago his grandmother took a bunch of us out for Chinese New Year's and again this happened.)
After starting with a pot of tea I looked at the menu, though I was prepared to completely defer to Zach. It was also at this point that I realized I'd left my camera at home. So I used my phone. That's why the pictures aren't the best, but hopefully they'll do.
I would be glad to go back to Hop Woo and try some other dishes, but I don't see myself going there again unless Zach wants to. There are far too many Asian restaurants to which I have not been; I would rather experiment with a new place.