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attention pho aficionados....good pho in the south bay...anyone?

i have never been to saigon dish...from the oustide it did not look like a place that would have good pho...will try it....

i have been to pho so 1 though and... i did not like it...the price was right (ok) and the broth was good not as good as pho 79 but good...but the meat was tough and rubbery....i usually got the everything #1 or flank/brisket.....i went four times....i really wanted to like it but the meat toughness...just could not get to accept it....havent been for over a year now.

there is a pho hana in rolling hills estates that has good pho but the price is close to $8 ! ....stopped going for more than a year now.....at that price i'm thinking i might as well drive to pho79 in gg/westminster and get the pho i really like.

Jan 02, 2012
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

attention pho aficionados....good pho in the south bay...anyone?

i am getting tired of driving to gardengrove/westminster to get my pho fix...especially with the price of gas nowadays.... my go to place in gg and westminster is pho79....does anyone come close or better it in the south bay?

Jan 02, 2012
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Best vs. Worst cuts for Braising? Anyone have a list?

http://www.edinformatics.com/math_sci...

for what it's worth, this link is an article i found that might say it more completely than i have......there is a lot of variation on the subject out there.

a year ago, i oven braised a 5 lb brisket at 325 once , wrapped in foil and sprinkled with one packet of lipton onion and half a cup of water for 3 hours .....i could not believe that it came out super tender and super moist........ since then, i have done 6 additional briskets and have never duplicated that first one.

Oct 05, 2010
jaymor in Home Cooking

Best vs. Worst cuts for Braising? Anyone have a list?

not an expert on this....but this is what i have learned.....collagen is a protein present in all parts of the body in it's connective tissue....it is is the part that has the function of holding the structure whatever it may be.....thus the name connective tissue?....it will melt at 185 farenheit degrees .....so when the meat, any meat, reaches 185 the meat will begin to fall apart....no more holding power......the trick then seems to be to get the meat, all of it, to reach that temperature without burning it.....
so if i am correct, any meat will become tender as long as you heat it up to 185......how slow or fast you get there is another topic....the fat content of the meat i dont think has any effect on tenderizing.....it just makes the meat more 'juicy'......

incidentally time will also break down {melt) collagen.....that seems to be the reason why rib eyes, porterhouses, new york etc are made even more tender by aging.......and why they are more expensive cuts

i would appreciate if someone corrects me on anything i have said to be erroneous......hope this helps

Oct 04, 2010
jaymor in Home Cooking

Sandwiches in San Pedro

sorry, but i meant my post down below to go here.

Oct 02, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Sandwiches in San Pedro

have you ever had the meatball sandwich at busy bee?.....they have one and i have been meaning to try it.......if you or anyone else have please comment.

Oct 02, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Pann's friday bouilliabaise

i just saw their menu and they have it every friday....to anyone who has tried it,i would like your comments on the whole experience......it had shrimp, scallops, fish and clams for around $12.

how was it?.....also compared to the one in normandie casino.

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Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Jun 15, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Pork Hoagies?

a pork french dip sandwich from philippes without being dipped might work although i prefer it dipped....also portos has a sandwich called media noche lechon or something like that.....that is similar but you have to remove the garlic from it.

Jun 14, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Best Bread in Los angles: discuss

how about in the south bay area preferably in the torrance/vicinity area....san pedro to el segundo would be ok too.......any suggestions highly welcomed....hoagie rolls, french bread (not french baguette), kaiser rolls....etc.

Mar 16, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know who supplies Magees with corned beef? (3d St. Farmers)

..have you tried the corned beef of katz in nyc?....i usually specify for a 'not dry' cut plain with noting else on it and that makes it the best corned beef sandwich for my taste........if you have, i would be interested to know how you compare it to magees......i have never tried magees and will now.....usually go to lnagers, nate, labels table, johnny's and many others but cant seem to match that cut from katz.

Jan 02, 2010
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Chinese in Torrance

to be more precise, i believe the name is... 'nice china cafe'.......they also make good roast duck but you have to order it one day ahead of time minimum.

Dec 24, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Chinese in Torrance

try 'nice' restaurant....small but authentic cantonese....it's in rolling hills plaza in a stretch between trader joes and herman's party supplies facing pacific coast highway.

Dec 21, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Brooklyn Hound in LA for 2 weeks

actually, i much prefer the pastrami at katz above the rest although i am more of corned beef eater....... hand cut is the bottom line......have also heard good comments re pastrami queen........just curious how your preference was......

Dec 08, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese restaurants on the Westside?

it's getting cold and for me that spells 'pho'.....so i am reviving this post to get new comments on it.......

based on this thread so far, i am thinking of going to saigon dish to see if i can get better pho compared to where i go to currently .....namely pho hana in palos verdes and bamboo song in both their pv and lomita location and lastly pho hong long by el camino college which is getting too far for me.....anyone care to comment / compare on my intent will be appreciated.

Dec 06, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Brooklyn Hound in LA for 2 weeks

downey's huh?....i have to try that one.....that's a pretty wide selection you got there

Dec 02, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Brooklyn Hound in LA for 2 weeks

if you are interested to compare, go to langers for their pastrami and/or corned beef .,,,,,i would be interested to know how you find it compared to katz or carnegie deli....also .pavich in san pedro for pizza as compared to grimaldi's or harlem patsy's....

Dec 02, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Sakae Sushi - great "comfort" sushi in Gardena

i believe their considered strong suit is their sushi rice......as the OP said, it's a tad sweeter/vinegary than most others i have tasted making it more to my liking ......

an acquaintance (formerly from gardena) once told mein passing that their sushi ricemaker's sole job was coming in the morning to prepare the sushi rice for the day and leave shortly after. i also find that their consistency to be very dependable..

Dec 01, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Sakae Sushi - great "comfort" sushi in Gardena

yes, this place is one of a kind.....i am not a real bona fide sushi eater.....just the basic ones and no exotics for me.....so they fit me just fine and once a week (usually tuesday, they are closed mondays), i usually order seven pieces by phone, i pick it up, go to marukai market food court across the street, order a pork based noodle soup from shinsengumi (hakata ramen) and i indulge on two very unique quality japanese foods that is hard to beat.....why seven pieces?....because seven is the minimum before they place it in a box....less, you get it wrapped in a plate-like container ....weird combo but i like it.....also excellent as a party appetizer.....dont forget you cant eat there.

Dec 01, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Best Chicken Pot Pie in LA?

where is the daily grill and is it availabel on certain days only?

Nov 01, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

If you moved to the Palos Verdes area, where would you end up eating?

additionally, i believe santouka is located in mitsuwa market....unless they have opened one near nijiya market in rolling hills mall.....alos a decent mention for el burrito jr on pch and ocean ave. ...tomisushi for old school but good sushi.......i am told that aristo at the bottom of the hill on or about hawthorne blvd. at the u-haul corner is good greek but i havent been......would appreciate anybody commenting on that one

Oct 21, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

NY Style Chinese food in LA?

try fu shing restaurant in gardena at 182nd and western ave.......

Sep 06, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Best Gyros in L.A.

it's been a while but i finally went to king's kabob.....i had a nice long friendly conversation with a man who i think is the owner.....the gyro was of the typical brown meat on a spit .....it was nice of him to cut a hearty slice from it....heated it up on a grill and let me have it to try......i thanked him for the sampler but it was not what i was looking for, so i left.

Aug 17, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Aliki's near LAX: for Greek-- finally --

sorrry to ask but this is confusing me.....are these pictures from petit cafe in el segundo or from aliki...... and is the lamb sandwich you refer to as well?

thank you

Aug 17, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Best Fried Rice in LA!!!

shinsengumi has a booth at the gardena marukai market on redondo beach blvd (not the one on western/artesia)....they have a japanese fried rice that i drive all the way there just to have it...sometimes the cashier does not know that it can be ordered by itself so persevere it's quite filling if part of a combo order......their hakata ramen restaurant has it too but does not taste as good.... at least in my opinion......

i will try DTF fried rice

Aug 07, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Terranea - Pick/Delivery Food Options

i agree , but if you must , then go to the palos verdes peninsula center ...(6 miles away....terranea is in the palos verdes peninsula).....ask the concierge for directions....... this is a village square type center not like a food court in a shopping mall .....there is a taco bell and a burger king....no mcdonald's or jack in the box but................for mexican, try the red onion........ an italian deli ' the appetizer' , next to the library good pizza and cold cut sandwiches, hot italian meals................'pho hana', a uniquely funky decor (you'll know what i mean) pho/vietnamese food but the good news is the food is good if you like vietnamese!.....there is a mexican restaurant next door but i cant remember the name....lastly fu yuan low an old school chinese restaurant........all these places will accomodate the kids....... there are other places but you might start with these and decide on the others as you see fit.

enjoy.

Jul 23, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Mexican Coke in/near West LA

pepsi came out with the 'throwback' special which recently ended.....was that a marketing test ......does anybody know if pepsi plans to bring it back on a permanent basis.....

i have never had mexican coke....is the resulting difference similar to that of pepsi to pepsi throwback?

Jul 22, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Looking for food-grade diatomaceous earth

serious pet stores that sell aquarium fish might carry it.....although i dont know whether it would be food grade for your purposes.....

Jul 19, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

TORRANCE: Best Ethnic Food Within 15 Minutes?

i have been thinking of this place and have been wanting to try them out.....i dont drink wine......what are they known for.....do you have anything to recommend?

Jul 17, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

Palos Verdes B-day meal Question

i am a local....admiral risty is a good safe bet for dinner....i like their cioppinos, steamed clams and flank steak beautiful sunset view except it is june gloom time....if you like vetnamese there is a place called pho hana in the peninsula center who has decent/good pho.....the red onion is in there as well for mexcian with good ambience.....there is a steak house that specialies in wagyu beef in fact the name is 'steak house' on rolling hills rd in the ralph's grocery mall.....
hope this helps....also old school chinese is fu yuan low in pen center

Jun 23, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area

What do you like at Bristol Farms?

french baguette and their regular deli bacon is cut thick, occasionally chilean sea bass .....i go to the one in palos verdes, so am not certain if other stores have the same source/stuff.

Jun 18, 2009
jaymor in Los Angeles Area