Ask anyone of the Jewish faith what they're doing for Christmas and they'll tell you, "Chinese food and a movie." But Chinese restaurants are also the refuge of those who can't or don't want to cook on the 25th. It's common knowledge nowadays that they'll be open. Christmas Day is usually their busiest.
When I called China Garden to confirm their hours, the answer I got was "Same time as usual. 10 AM to midnight."
But what made me chuckle was the reaction I got when I rang up King Lobster Palace. The gentleman who answered the phone couldn't have been more shocked that I would even ask if they'll be open on Christmas.
"Of course we're going to be open!" he said, almost offended. They'll be open 10 AM - 10 PM.
In any case, chances are good that you can nosh on kung pao at ANY Chinese restaurants you try today, even if they won't serenade you with:
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias "elmomonster" on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.