OK Cafe in broad daylight

Unless you’re on a clandestine date or with unsavory company, it’s totally okay to eat at OK Cafe before nightfall or even in broad daylight. We went there after seeing a matinee the other day because it was the fastest restaurant nearby with the largest possible menu. Seriously, it’s like a small phonebook.

My wife got the bitter melon, which was totally bitter and not softened by scrambled eggs or black bean sauce. It’s hardcore Cantonese food that most people hate as kids but grow to crave.

Our friend got a ribs that were as tender as they were savory, and were totally hidden under piles of gravy over rice. Intense!

I have to be honest and say that there aren’t a lot of options for people who don’t eat meat. But the noodles and vegetables were quite springy and tasty–and didn’t feel like side dishes passed off as an entree.

Lunch specials come with a free drink. We got hot milk tea (with condensed milk on the side!) and will probably opt for cold ones when the summer movies come out…

OK Cafe
500 N. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park


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