Gong's Chinese Food
6815 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA
Open 6 days a week (closed Mondays)
By Chris MacDonald
Smiling Sinh Vinh has been a cook, waiter and manager at Gong's Chinese Food in Huntington Beach for more than 37 years. "His friendliness is contagious, just like the owner, Gong Wong," said Brian Cizek, who has eaten there since it first opened in 1978.
"Sinh and all the longtime cooks, waiters and food preparers I've seen are smiling, hospitable and customer-focused. They deliver a quality product in a very quick time. It's just a joy eating there—authentic and consistently good," said the former surgery nurse turned inventor of products, including the internationally-acclaimed Aqua Clip Bottle Beverage Holder.
"When my dad used to bring our family there, they'd always slip a little something extra into our order, such as an egg roll. 'Repeat customers' is the name-of-the-game and that's one reason Gong's is still flourishing after 40 years!"
Cizek, who also helps manage the Surf City Store on HB Pier, said his favorite dishes are Chicken Chop Suey and Mooshoo Pork (shredded pork, sautéed with eggs, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and Chinese vegetables—all rolled in a Chinese noodle).
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize presented Gong's with a Special Proclamation for contributing to HB as a business for 40 years. "That's a real milestone! I used to work as a Realtor for a company right nearby and loved eating there regularly," said the current City Councilwoman and Re Max Select One Realtor. The restaurant's anniversary also was honored by State Senator Janet Nguyen and others.
Retired McDonnell Douglas Engineer Norman Sands recently celebrated his 93rd Birthday with family and friends at Gong's. "We had a great time and the food was delicious," said the bridge player and square dancer, who works out regularly at Crunch Gym.
Jesus Arvizu, a technician with Irvine-based Pacific Pest Control, said he looks forward to eating at Gong's "whenever I'm in the area. The Kung Pao Chicken with shrimp is fabulous and the staff is so polite and shows customers much respect," Arvizu said.
A lot of Gong's business is Take-Out as Marsha Ma attests. "I love the vegetables in the dishes, especially their green beans, pea pods and mushrooms," said the Fountain Valley resident. "I take the veggies home to eat. Many of their items are as authentic as I've found."
They have dozens of dishes, including Broccoli Beef, Orange Chicken and Cantonese Spareribs (bite size spareribs sautéed and cooked with Green Peppers in a Garlic Bean Sauce).
Gong's has a Special Lunch Menu, served from 11-3, that's reasonably priced. Guests have a choice of one entrée ranging from Lo Mein or Chop Suey, Kung Pao Shrimp, Mongolian Beef, Mushroom Steak, Meatballs, Scallops and much more. Entrees are served with Fried Wonton and Fried Rice.