Good Time Cafe, 2923 Chino Ave., Suite H4, Chino Hills.
Attentive readers will remember the debate in this space about the lack of real Chinese food in the Inland Valley. Since then I’ve written about a find in Chino Hills, the Peking Deli. Well, here’s a second Chino Hills Chinese place that’s just as good.
Good Time Cafe occupies a wide, shallow storefront in the 99 Ranch Market center at Peyton Drive and Chino Avenue, just a bit south of Pomona. As the sign on the door promises, it serves Taiwanese-style cooking. The menu boasts 192 items, including an astonishing 47 appetizers. Granted, some of them are only for the hardy — pig blood rice cake, anyone? — but there’s plenty for the rest of us, and dozens of soups, noodle and rice dishes, seafood and meat entrees, vegetarian items and a category called potage, a kind of porridge.
Oddly, unlike the rest of the menu, names of the menu’s 22 beverages are untranslated from the Chinese. Better ask for help there.
I had Tainan’s Peddler Noodle, dried rather than as soup. It had noodles, ground sausage and a tea-simmered hardboiled egg, a dish made in what I’m told is the style of street food in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. It was delicious and filling. This $4.95 entree came with a free pot of hot tea. Total outlay with tax and tip: $6. You can’t beat that with a chopstick.
Service was friendly, the dining room was immaculate and a flat screen TV broadcast Chinese language news. To sum up, yes, I had a good time at the Good Time Cafe.
And I’m looking forward to my next meal here, even if it’s unlikely to be No. 176, fried kidney with sesame oil.