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Best authentic Ethnic food thats a good deal?

Well, unincorporated LA county is different. But still, it's not quite that straightforward:

http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.ph...

Mr Taster

about 2 hours ago
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

5 seconds of critical analysis goes a long way here.

The headline says "US Beer Is Filthy Water". The Czech president did not say that.

What he is quoted as saying is, "Czech beer is the best in the world. No American company that offers filthy water instead of beer can compete with us."

He's not saying "All US beer is filthy water", which is what the hack editor who wrote that headline is leading readers to believe.

He is saying, "Of those American companies that brew filthy water beer (e.g. Budweiser), that beer cannot compete with Czech beer."

There's a big distinction to be made there.

Mr Taster

about 2 hours ago
Mr Taster in Beer

Best authentic Ethnic food thats a good deal?

Actually, City of Los Angeles signs are the ones you're probably referring to. All of the signs below are located in LA County, and they're all quite different.

Mr Taster

about 3 hours ago
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Yup. Definitely cabbage, though there may be some sprouts mixed in. But it should be primarily cabbage.

The best rolls I've eaten in LA were ones I made myself, with the help of a David Rosengarten recipe (using charsiu from Sam Woo.)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/348271

Mr Taster

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

>> It annoys me along with "no problem" & "is everything ok?"

Which usually happens right when you're in the middle of an enjoyable conversation with your dining companions.

I've also noticed an overuse of the word "Absolutely!". As in, "could you please refill my water?" Way too much bluster and bravado to acknowledge a simple request.

Mr Taster

Nov 21, 2014
Mr Taster in Not About Food

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

>> too dense and chewy...are both signs of a true New York style bagel

Actually, dense and chewy are both signs of a good New York bagel.

TOO dense and chewy is the sign of a bad bagel, no matter where it's made. And BBB's bagels are that.

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

So allay any additional confusion, here's one more set of pics of the quintessential NY/NJ egg roll. Picks from the venerable King Yum in Fresh Meadows, Queens.

I'm not seeing any bean sprouts. Also, notice the nice bits of charsiu and shrimp. It's not just veg, and it's most certainly not (to quite auntie fee) that punk-ass deep fried meatball I got at Canton Kitchen in West LA.

From:
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/44403...

Auntie Fee's punk-ass cinnamon rolls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VXQl...

Mr Taster

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

And incidentally, I'm not so sure bean sprouts belong in there. If they're present, the sprouts absolutely should not be be overwhelming the shredded cabbage, which they appear to be doing in your linked photo.

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Awkwardly long and skinny, but the color and blistering appear to be correct.

Mr Taster

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Interesting. Those look promising.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/empero...

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Not good, either. Inoffensive. (and expensive).

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Best Egg Rolls in LA area

Those photos illustrate an approximation of the NY eggroll, but they're not correct. The shape is wrong (too fat/oblong), and the color of the wrapper is too pale. The exterior appears too greasy and soft (exterior layer should be shatteringly crisp, while the interior layer remains chewy), and the interior looks gloppy and saucy, whereas it should be mostly dry and crunchy shredded cabbage, with bits of soft charsiu and/or little shrimp for textural contrast.

This is right, with the crispy, blistered, dark brown wrapper:
http://www.foodspotting.com/reviews/2...

And the stuffins:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3498...

My 2007 egg roll search:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/349884

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

But do they sell belly lox by the pound like BG did? That's the real question.

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

You could go to Philippe's, buy a coffee, and sneak out the back door :) (Or, ask the parking attendant nicely-- I once asked him if he minded that we take a walk before picking up the car, and he was fine with it.)

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Belly Lox

Dry dock, that's the one.

I emailed the place a few years back, and *I think* the owner told me they sold the salty, unsmoked belly. But my memory is hazy at this point, and I wouldn't swear to it. Worth asking the question again, though.

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Barney Greengrass is gone. Replaced by Fred's, which is not a deli/appetizing shop, but maintains ein bischen of semiticism..

http://www.latimes.com/travel/fashion...

Mr Taster

Nov 20, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Just to update this, I think TJ's has reformulated their cream cheese. I no longer taste off flavors from their cream cheese, though perhaps it's just my taste buds aging with the rest of me.

Mr Taster

Nov 19, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Belly Lox

Nov 19, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Belly Lox

What we have is what everyone else has, which is cold smoked Nova (which is colloquially but often inaccurately referred to as "lox"), not true belly lox made in the NY/Ashkenazi Jewish tradition, which is wet-brined and unsmoked.

Wexler's does not have it, nor does Brent's-- they both have Nova. Our last great hope was Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills, but they recently closed; BG imported it in from a NYC supplier.

I wish we could get the real thing here, but for the time being it simply doesn't exist.

This is truly your best bet to enjoy quality belly lox in Los Angeles:
http://shop.russanddaughters.com/stor...

Most recent discussion:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9145...

Mr Taster

N.B. I'm going to edit this to state that there is a fish vendor in OC, I believe, which purportedly sells belly-- I haven't checked it out yet so cannot personally confirm the legitimacy of the stuff.

Also, Fairfax Fishery (on Fairfax) makes their own lox, which is tasty enough, but not what you're looking for if you're looking for true belly.

site forgetting "read" posts

Still happening.

Engineering, any progress on the fix for this?

Mr Taster

Nov 19, 2014
Mr Taster in Site Talk
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where to find Rendered leaf lard in LA area?

According to Nathan at McCall's, they no longer sell rendered leaf lard. However, they do sell un-rendered lard from Cook Pigs Ranch for $7.99/lb.

Mr Taster

Nov 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Leaf Lard. I found it!!

According to Nathan at McCall's, they no longer sell rendered leaf lard. However, they do sell un-rendered lard from Cook Pigs Ranch for $7.99/lb.

Mr Taster

Nov 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Golden Lake Eatery--Cambodian in L.A. Chinatown

Interesting. Thanks, as always for the heads up.

For what it's worth, unfortunately my 3 weeks eating around Cambodia was among the low-lights of our 6 months in Asia. Particularly for being wedged between two countries with justifiably strong food reputations, the dichotomy was stark. For that reason, I've never had a desire to seek it out in Los Angeles. Even the famously lauded amok fish always seemed to be like a treacly version of haw moak-- I'd much rather just order that at a good Thai restaurant. However, I'm certainly open to the idea of inferior food in the motherland due to inferior quality ingredients. However, I did notice a Khmer penchant for dumping absurd amounts of table sugar on top of their curries and such. (Sugar was a standard table condiment over there.)

Mr Taster

Nov 16, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Thought I'd mention that Tatsu Ramen on Melrose is rolling noodles in house

It's in my neighborhood. And hell, if it stinks, the meatball parm sandwich from All About the Bread is right next door.

Mr Taster

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

ZING!

The Chinese Don Rickles.

Tip your waitresses.

Mr Taster

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

HALLELUJAH! Someone picked up!

If you provide them with a turkey, they charge $35 to smoke it. Birds can be dropped off as early as Nov 23rd.

If they provide the turkey, the cost is $75, and reservations need to be made in advance.

Pickup on Thanksgiving Day, in either case, is $100 total.

Mr Taster

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area
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Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

You're muddling/conflating my experience with the two Bludso's.

For clarity, I *love* Bludso's Compton. It's BFWP™ that I've had serious problems with:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9153...

I haven't been to Bludso's Compton in about a year, so if they've exploded in popularity (moreso than they already have) then this is the first I'm hearing of it. I had no problem calling in my order a year ago.

The bottom line is that I'm a very loyal consumer. When I find something that works, I stick with it until it proves out otherwise. The moment I'm burned, I start looking elsewhere. BFWP™ burned me in a BIG way, whereas Bludso's Compton has never failed me.

I've read testimony that BFWP™ has improved, but I'm not risking Thanksgiving on a business that has already failed me spectacularly. For what it's worth, Big Mista burned me too, with dry grey slabs of brisket (though they made up for it-- though even their properly cooked brisket still didn't rise to the greatness of Bludso's.) I've not felt the need to go back.

Likewise, I'm reluctant to take a shot on other unknown quantities-- Google and Yelp are of limited value here. The Thanksgiving table is simply not the time for this kind experimentation- there's too much on the line. That said, I'm open to specific suggestions from reliable 'hounds who have actually eaten smoked turkey from the places they're suggesting.

Having said this, insights as to the current status of Bludso's Compton are most welcome here. Suggestions for other turkeys, including BFWP™'s $95 FUBird™, are off topic for this thread and can be posted on my other turkey thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/995219

Mr Taster/Tater

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

If anyone else wants to try their luck, the number is:

(310) 637-1342

If you get through, please report back the turkey size, cost, and procedure for ordering, and when we can pick it up.

Mr Taster

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

It's like I'm looking in a mirror.

Mr Tater

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

Thank you, TOWINO! Looks like I may just need to get down there to arrange the transaction.

Mr Taster

Nov 14, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area