I don't think I've ever been to a "mystery meat" Chinese place before... there's always something I can find that's palatable! Personally, my favorite Chinese restaurants are:http://www.yelp.com/biz/newport-tan-can ... -gabriel-2
(This is probably my favorite restaurant in LA in general, along with Cafe Beaujoulais in Eagle Rock. It is actually Vietnamese/Chinese. Get the french-style beef steak, sauteed pea sprouts, and fried tofu. SO DELICIOUS. Also, the lobster is mouthwatering! Be prepared to go there early to get a seat or else you'll have to wait 1hr+. We got there at 4pm for dinner once and still had to wait 30 min. The place is GOOD.)http://www.yelp.com/biz/sam-woo-barbecu ... 0woo%20bbq
(This one is good for authentic Chinese bbq and roast duck, and for a cheap lunch! Soooo tasty! Get the bbq pork, it is delicious.)
There are SO MANY awesome Chinese places on Valley Blvd in Alhambra -- another good one is Lu's Garden:http://www.yelp.com/biz/lus-garden-san-gabriel
Get their eggplant, tofu strips, fish, and ground meat side dishes. This is a porridge place, so you get in line and order a bunch of small plates. They bring it to your table with porridge that has big chunks of sweet potato in it yum~ great in winter and it's open late.
There is also the infamous Boiling Crab, which I haven't tried yet but all my friends just love:http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-boiling-crab-alhambra
It is actually Cajun style cooking, I hear.
Needless to say, if you want Chinese/Vietnamese food, Valley Blvd is the place to go. I live very close to there and we still have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer.