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Samuel Y. Sim, principal of Chinese Gourmet Express, has been aptly described as a man of yesterday with a vision of a man of tomorrow. Great food at honest prices is the key to Chinese Gourmet Express's success. Mr. Sim's pride is evident in his commitment and dedication to serving the highest quality authentic Chinese food. Attractive surroundings, reasonable prices, and polite assistance are the basic requirements he set for each restaurant. By operating with a hands on approach, Mr. Sim is an inspiration to everyone associated with Chinese Gourmet Express. His pride of ownership motivates and promotes a team effort within the company. His leadership and guidance has largely contributed the companys' expansion and success over the past ten years.

Chinese Gourmet Express started in 1990, Sam and Monica opened their first restaurant at the Sherman Oaks Galleria mall in southern California. To differentiate themselves from other Chinese food chains, they created a wide variety of authentic recipes from provinces throughout China. They also carefully planned the architecture, uniforms and signage to reflect a professional brand image.

It did not take the Chinese food aficionados of southern California to take notice of Chinese Gourmet Express. Sam and Monica created an affordable, fast Chinese restaurant with food so fresh and flavorful that it rivals those in expensive establishments

It also didn't take developers long to learn that Chinese Gourmet Express was something special. Soon after Sam opened in Sherman Oaks, leasing agents from malls across the country were knocking on his door to invite Chinese Gourmet Express into their food courts.

Fifteen years after they opened their first restaurant, Sam and Monica export their unique vision throughout California and the country in the Northwest, Rockies, Texas, Midwest and Northeast.

In 2002, Sam created a second Asian concept called Sansei Japanese Cuisine. The first location debuted in Northridge, California. The new location was such a huge hit that he began opening more stores in diverse markets across the country.

Chinese Gourmet Express is now the preferred Asian restaurant for shopping centers developers. Sansei is also an emerging concept, which is gaining steam on the rest of the Japanese quick-service segment.


Core Values

What sets us apart from our competitors is our passion for food. We only offer our guests the freshest, authentic quality Chinese/Japanese cuisine in the quick-service restaurant industry.

Our Mission

At Chinese Gourmet Express/Sansei, our daily mission is to enrich the lives of our guests, our communities, our business partners and ourselves by providing the freshest, most authentic and highest quality Chinese and Japanese food at everyday affordable prices.

Our Culture

We are an amazing group of diverse and spirited people who are passionate about our mission. It’s the idea of a positive, healthy and enriching contribution to the world thru the means of satisfying our customers.

Our Values

We embody the ancient Chinese concept of “Ying and Yang”, i.e., the spirit of balance to fulfill life and success in business.

Our Vision

We each have a responsibility to uphold these values for ourselves and for our fellow team members. The benefit is that we get to work in an amazing environment surrounded by an extraordinary and diverse team of people.

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