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Hong Kong Plaza:


Rowland Heights's Old-World Asian Mall



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Hong Kong Plaza

Hong Kong Plaza
18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

o be honest, Hong Kong Plaza has become a bit seedy over the past quarter century. Many shops sell tacky stuff that most Asian Americans would never buy. Its restaurants sport mostly "B" ratings from the LA County health department and are a bit faded looking, not the kinds of places you'd take a date to.

     So what makes it so great? The location, for one. It sits smack-dab in the middle of the Asian strip on Colima in Rowland Heights, one of America's most vibrant Asian commercial districts. Across Colima are the SF Plaza and the HK Supermarket Plaza, both of which rival Hong Kong Plaza in size and bustle. Another reason is the immense parking lot right in front of the L-shaped strip mall — you never have to look for spaces. And finally, there's that certain je-ne-sais-quois. Call it nostaligic shabbiness, ramshackle ease or old-world charm. You feel at home here. It also doesn't hurt that the intense competition keeps prices rock-bottom on everything from barbeque buns to music CDs. For all these reasons, the parking lot swarms with more Euro imports than oxidized junkers.






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     There are a dozen or so unpretentious restaurants serving tasty fare like pho, Catonese seafood, sushi, shabu-shabu, Chinese barbeque and even fish balls in the little outdoor snack area. You can also find shops selling top Asian-brand cosmetics, petite-size lingerie, cute stuffed objects, boba and, of course, a complete selection of Asian groceries in the big Hong Kong Supermarket. The crowd tends toward the middle-aged and the foreign-born — which makes it even more of an old-world treat.

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“And finally, there's that certain je-ne-sais-quois. Call it nostaligic shabbiness, ramshackle ease or old-world charm. You feel at home here.”


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