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Places only open during weekday lunch?

Hi! I've got the day off tomorrow, wondering if there are any great places to get lunch that are only open during the weekdays? Want to check out good food that I wouldn't normally be able to. Located in Mid-City but willing to drive. Thanks!

Oct 20, 2011
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Where to find good chutneys?

Wow, this is great info. And I will definitely look next time I go to WF. Thanks so much!

Aug 09, 2011
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Where to find good chutneys?

Hi guys. Wondering which places have the best chutneys that I can order in containers to go. and/or is there a great brand of bottled chutney, and where can I find it? I'm obsessed with chutneys!! Thanks!

Aug 08, 2011
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Where to find dry Sichuan chicken with peppers?

Good to know! Have put Lucky Noodle King and the OTHER Chung King (didn't realize we hadn't gone to the "main" one!) on my list of places to check out. Good thing this dish is addictively spicy.

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Chung King Restaurant
1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Lucky Noodle King
534 E Valley Blvd #10, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Apr 29, 2011
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Best Mandoo in K-Town?

Thanks for the rec guys. I don't know if I ordered the wrong thing but I went to WDN one time before and wasn't blown away...

I ended up going to Myungdong Kyoja at Wilshire and Harvard. It was very good. Nice filling of pork and chives. The banchan were just two kimchis - red and white cabbage. It was delicious going down, but had to deal with the effects of all the MSG for the rest of the day, so probably won't be going back.

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Myung Dong Kyoja Restaurant
3630 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Apr 26, 2011
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Where to find dry Sichuan chicken with peppers?

Hi all. Thanks so much for all the feedback!

Yesterday a friend and I ended up going to Chung King - it's the only thing we ordered (I think it was the #9) - and it was FANTASTIC! The fried chicken chunks were really crunchy and moist. Best of all, the heat was on point. After a few bites, I got that wonderful numbing of the lips and more heat from eating the peppers themselves. Loved the chili oil-soaked green onion bits. YUM!

Sorry for the bad photo, was too excited to start eating. Thanks again for the rec! Highly recommend for this one dish.

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Chung King Restaurant
206 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Apr 26, 2011
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Best Mandoo in K-Town?

Hi All. It's been a while since the last posting on this so thought I'd start a new thread. Looking for the best mandoo in Koreatown. Steamed, fried, wang (king-sized)--any and all dumpling recs recommended.

Thanks so much!

Apr 24, 2011
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Where to find dry Sichuan chicken with peppers?

I had this dish in SF that I'm trying to find in LA. Fried diced chicken tossed with dried chilis (that you don't really eat). There's no sauce, basically eaten dry. Not sure if there is an official name or region for this dish but I'm really craving it. Any places you can point me, my stomach would be grateful - in West LA but willing to drive to SGV.

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2011
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Aeropress paper filters?

I saw them this weekend at Sur La Table at the Grove.

Apr 06, 2011
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great Fried Chicken, southern or american style...

I second this! Their fried chicken is AWESOME. Very moist chicken, crispy flavorful coating. Delish biscuits and sides. Totally worth tracking down.

Mar 17, 2011
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Where to buy rice wine?

Having a very hard time finding rice wine (not vinegar) which is frequently listed ingredient in Chinese cooking. Checked Whole Foods, Galleria, different liquor places. Anyone have any ideas for places? Ideally West LA/Grove/K-town area. Thanks!

Feb 25, 2011
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Perfect Chocolate cake... Where are you?

The chocolate cake at Urth Cafe is my favorite thing there and my favorite chocolate cake in LA. It's moist and chocolately but not overly sweet. Addictive.

Oct 14, 2010
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Best store-bought kim chi and where to find it in LA

Kim chee can last a loooooong time because the fermentation prevents it from actually "rotting" or "spoiling." In fact, if stored properly, it can probably last over a year. Keep the container (preferably glass) tightly sealed. Only use clean utensils to extract kimchi. Try not to disturb kimchi too much when taking out. After taking kimchi out, slightly squish remaining kimchi under liquid so it's covered.

Of course, the cabbage will change and become more sour or "sshyu." Kimchi in this stage is eaten primarily (and much preferred) in jjigae, or kimchi based soups/stews. I prefer kimchi when it's fresher but that's personal preference.

That said, there is a point when kimchi is even too far gone for stews, but that takes a hell of a long time. Hard to describe but the cabbage will start to take on a floppy translucence and there will be an overwhelming carbonation upon first bite.

Oct 08, 2010
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Any good sushi caterers or roving sushi bars - preferably West LA?

Thank you! In case anyone else is interested, I called a couple places yesterday. Fishlips - the minimum order for this kind of "catering" is $800. Also called Sushi Masu which charges $50/pp for about 15 pcs each of "premium" sushi.

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Sushi Masu
1911 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Oct 08, 2010
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Best store-bought kim chi and where to find it in LA

I COMPLETELY AGREE! I am Korean and was completely spoiled by my mom making our own kimchi at home. The kimchi with the oval label is GREAT. It's the only one I will buy bc it's one of the only ones that does not use MSG. Also, it's always on the fresh side, so you can eat it more fresh or leave it to be more fermented. I've bought numerous kinds of this kimchi - cabbage, radish, oyster, etc - and I've never been disappointed. Stacks of empty kimchi jars in my kitchen a testament to this.

Oct 08, 2010
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Any good sushi caterers or roving sushi bars - preferably West LA?

Looking to have family-style or catered sushi lunch at work. Anyone know of a good catering place or of a sushi chef that will come by and make fresh rolls? West LA preferred. Thanks!

Oct 07, 2010
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Where can I buy Guylian chocolates in LA?

Thanks! Galleria was my normal spot but didn't see them last time I was there. Will definitely check Cost Plus.

Sep 28, 2010
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Where can I buy Guylian chocolates in LA?

YES! Thanks so much!!

Sep 28, 2010
sparkyk in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy Guylian chocolates in LA?

Anyone know where I can find Guylian Belgian chocolates in LA? Place where I bought them no longer carries. Thanks!

Sep 27, 2010
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Lunch or dinner in Miracle Mile or Park La Brea

Highly recommend Yuko Kitchen, a small kind of hidden Japanese cafe just South of Wilshire on Dunsmuir (5484 Wilshire Blvd). The owner is adorable and the food is very good. She's got bowls and plates with fresh veggies and different proteins, sushi, delicious desserts, and refreshing infused waters. It's not the *best* Japanese food in LA by far, but it's a great neighborhood place and definitely worth checking out.

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Yuko Kitchen
5484 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sep 24, 2010
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Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies on Westside?

Thanks Servorg! Seems like the consensus is either Bite Bar or Curious Palate, will go with one of those.

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The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

Jul 14, 2010
sparkyk in Los Angeles Area

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies on Westside?

Anyone know of a place on the Westside where I can pick up warm/freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? Trying to surprise a friend for an afternoon treat that's different from the usual cupcake.

Thanks!

Jul 14, 2010
sparkyk in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find green papaya?

Should have figured markets in Thai Town (duh to myself) but have never heard of A-Grocery so may check that out. Thanks for the recs!

Jul 06, 2010
sparkyk in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find green papaya?

Dying to make green papaya salad at home. Would prefer not to drive to SGV. Thanks!

Jul 06, 2010
sparkyk in Los Angeles Area

Looking for good Bajan/Barbados Restaurants in LA?

Wondering if there are any good Bajan/Barbados restaurants anywhere in LA metro area? Have a hankering for roti, fish cakes, macaroni pie, breadfruit, etc. I'm willing to drive for something good. Thanks!

Jun 01, 2010
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Vegan Hotspots

Thanks for these recs! I love Rahel. Have put Shojin on my short list of places to go next. Looks amazing!

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Shojin
333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

May 13, 2010
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Vegan Hotspots

Sorry, Emme. I've ordered from Newsroom a bunch of times and would never go back. I can't put my finger on it, but I never feel happy after eating their food which is not a good thing.

May 13, 2010
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Vegan Hotspots

I love M Cafe too! Particularly the Madras Tempeh Wrap and the Big Macro. YUM! The fries and ketchup are surprisingly not bad either.

May 13, 2010
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Is there some place in LA that will alter my opinion of Red Velvet Cake?

I too have been dubious about red velvet, having tried Sprinkles (yech) and a bunch of other places. This changed when I had the red velvet cupcake at La Maison Du Pain on Pico near Hauser. I've had it multiple times to reconfirm my suspicions that it is possible to have a great red velvet. Moist on the inside, slight crunch on the outside, not scary red, not too sweet, nicely cocoa-y. I think the frosting used to be a little better but it's still a great little package.

Also, Kiss My Bundt has a great red velvet. More dense than La Maison Du Pain but addictive.

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La Maison Du Pain
5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

May 10, 2010
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Vegan Hotspots

Yes! That is on my list as well. I'm not a huge huge fan of mock meats, just think that's weird, but I hear he makes his own which is interesting.

May 07, 2010
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