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Empanadas in Northridge

pampas grill. balboa and chatsworth. granada hills. very good empanadas.

Oct 27, 2009
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Eat What Bourdain Just Ate: Sausage, Noodles, Curry and Social Unrest

sri siam i believe models their grilled chicken recipe after the well-regarded chicken place by the boxing stadium in bangkok.

Sri Siam Cafe
12843 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-6262

Sep 10, 2009
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singapore chili crab

craving it. all the recs from past threads had a lot of ifs ands and buts. nothing definitively super good and authentic.

any new recs for singapore style chili crab besides belacan?

Aug 27, 2009
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kaya toast - anywhere in l.a. but street?

i know that street serves it. but is there anyplace malay/singaporean that has it?

Aug 19, 2009
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hainanese pork chop

is it available anywhere in socal? my singaporean friend says it's the bomb but a ch search yielded a big ol bagel.

Aug 19, 2009
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Best Thai food in LA?

i'm thai so these may be better for thais, but here's my list:
krua thai has excellent noodles. (sherman way, north hollywood)
yai restaurant has a number of excellent dishes. (the one at hollywood blvd near the 101 fwy- the new location further east doesn't taste as good)
ord noodles for soup noodles (hollywood blvd in thaitown)
thai/chinese breakfast and hainan chicken rice at siam sunset are awesome. (sunset blvd in thaitown)
hollywood thai restaurant i like a lot (hollywood blvd in thaitown)

Jul 07, 2009
jackt in Los Angeles Area

duk bo sam

you have to stick it in a bowl, add some water, and then nuke it briefly. the steam will soften it up very nicely. i have run into this same situation before and yes, i got the right kind- after steaming it tasted just like the restaurant stuff. just be sure you have the right item first- it should already be kind of moist and spongy ... kind of like a gigantic chow fun noodle- but yes, it may be slightly brittle when you first open the package.

Jul 03, 2009
jackt in Los Angeles Area

San Gabriel Square

when we have out of town visitors and plan a day in sgv, we usually do:
- dim sum for lunch at elite or triumphal palace (triumphal palace has a new name and owner now though i believe)
- afternoon at the huntington (norton simon also a good idea)
- dinner at din tai fung in arcadia for xlb. dtf has likers and haters on chowhound, but all of our friends who visit from out of town like it a lot and always insist on going there. it's high quality.

if you want chinese seafood or some other type of chinese cuisine for dinner, you can do either dim sum or dtf for lunch, then hit one of the places in san gabriel for dinner.

May 25, 2009
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Hainan chicken-rice: new fave

try siam sunset. it's the best i've had for chicken rice.

Jan 30, 2009
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Dino's Main (#1) vs. Dino's Pico (#2)

i think the pico one and the one on arrow hwy are related, but the main st one is under different ownership. if you search the forums i'm pretty sure it's been discussed in the past- that's what i remember reading.

Oct 30, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

dino's-like chicken in sfv?

i love dino's chicken & fries w/ the spicy sauce. is there anything similar to be found in the san fernando valley?

Oct 16, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

KRUA THAI

i really like the fried noodles at krua thai. they're really good. but what i really can't stand at that place is the attitude of the waitstaff. they're so grumpy and give dirty looks to their patrons all the time. it's funny too that i've recently found out that a lot of our family friends feel the same way- everyone likes the fried noodles and other stuff, but the grumpy service just makes you want to go elsewhere. now mind you we are not high maintenance customers- we mainly eat at the various thai eateries in noho and hwood- we don't expect super attentive service. we just don't a dirty look when we ask for a water refill.

Jun 19, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Songkran (Thai New Year) 4/13 in Thai Town

my cousin is one of the vendors and she said she reserved a spot at wat thai, and commented that the wat thai event is the same weekend as the thai town event this year (last year they did them a week apart i think). but i don't have any more details than that.

Apr 06, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Songkran (Thai New Year) 4/13 in Thai Town

fyi my understanding is that the wat thai festival will also be going on the same weekend.

Apr 05, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai Street Food Vendors

are you sure the outdoor grilled meat was sate? last time i saw it, it was marinated grilled meat similar to wat thai's grilled meat, which is in a marinade but is *not* sate (both are skewered, but different marinade recipe)

Mar 30, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai Street Food Vendors

i've seen some vendors in front of lax-c selling food (grilled meat on a stick, i think there was also a kanom krok vendor as well, etc). but it's not extensive like at wat thai or anything, and is not really a gathering place. people probably just buy to go. also i don't know what days they are there.

Mar 26, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum - Large Party

much thanks for the advice everyone.

we wound up booking at capital seafood on atlantic and garvey. the nicer more gourmet places that don't serve by cart i don't think would've been super happy with us since it's on a sunday and their spaces are smaller, so taking up 4-5 tables for too long may have displeased them. also i was worried about how the smaller places would get all the tables emptied and lined up for us at the appointed time since they have large crowds clamoring to eat on sundays.

also turns out that a few of my cousins each know one or two of the owners at capital, so that made it easier to arrange it there. they are not putting up dividing walls to give us a private room though- they said it's cart service on the weekends so they need to leave the room open. but confirmed that the 4-5 tables will all be right next to each other. hopefully the tables will be ready at around the time we specified without too much wait.

it's in a few weeks and will report back if anything eventful (good or bad) occurred.

Feb 04, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum - Large Party

does that atrium really hold 4 large tables? it seemed so narrow....

Jan 23, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum - Large Party

Daughter's turning 1 next month. Need to invite the relatives to lunch. Dim Sum for 30-40 people (3 tables). Shooting for someplace nice in San Gabriel Valley.

Any suggestions?

Kitchen, Elite, Sea Harbor seem to be everyone's choice for higher end dim sum places. Is one of them better than the others for larger parties?

Any other places to consider?

I've only been to Elite and that place that's gilded on the inside on Garvey and Atlantic (New Capital I think?), but not the others.

All advice greatly appreciated.

Jan 23, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Wat is the latest on Wat Thai?

they've had it for at least one major thai festival/holiday (i forget which) since the weekly thing shut down. i would imagine they'll have it a few times a year. some of the vendor's are also selling in the king seafood (i think that's the name) on the north side of sherman way just west of the 170 fwy. not really the same but good if you wanted to pick up some of the desserts or som tum etc to take home.

Jan 14, 2008
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai Market (SFV Area - Chatsworth)

our family is thai and we cook lots of thai food. my mom basically doesn't shop at galleria except to get the chocolate croissants out front b/c they don't really stock much that she can use for her recipes. the market is definitely primarily korean and it's much different than thai spices and ingredients.

for groceries for thai cooking:
- 99 ranch on sepulveda
- bangluck market on sherman way west of the 170
- there is another bangluck on reseda near sherman way (west side of reseda blvd) but it's not run by thais, so don't know if they carry all the relevant ingredients (99 ranch is not run by thais but it's a big place and they seem to have everything as my mom never complains when she shops there for groceries)

Dec 23, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

KOREAN BBQ IN SF VALLEY?

another vote for shik do rak. we've been going regularly now. i'd give it a B+ overall- pros: love the duk bo sam, the service seems quite attentive. cons: the meat is good but not spectacular from my experience, the grill part has no slits so no flames touch the meat even for the marinated meats that are usually cooked on an open grill, and once we got a table that had problems w the burner and it took 3 rounds of complaining before they finally realized we weren't making it up and moved us to a different table halfway through our meal. they did though try to make it up to us by being extra attentive. but overall we keep going back because they seem to care about their customers and the duk bo sam is awesome.

a new place opened up on tampa near nordhoff, right in front of the costco parking lot across the street from marie callendar's. it's nextdoor to pinkberry (to be opened) and the new in-n-out burger. it's called "maroo" i think. they've been open a little over a month now. the owner seems very nice and went around greeting all the customers and the staff was quite attentive. the place is quite fancy on the inside- think chosun kalbi in ktown (granite tables, fancy looking grills, modern looking decor, etc). have only been there for lunch, so have only had the lunchboxes (comes w/ meat, tempura, rolls, etc.). but they do have grills at each table and some of the tables were grilling the 2 times i've been there and it looked pretty good. i do say though the last time i was there the bulgoki i had for lunch was marinated quite sweet. they are open on christmas eve also fyi (owner made it a point to tell me!)

Dec 23, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai Bakery in North Hollywood??

if you ask them to make a batch for you before their scheduled time, i wonder if they'd do it for a somewhat large order.

also i've seen kanom krok being sold in front of silom market (inside the indoor parking lot at the entrance to the market) on hollywood blvd.

Nov 22, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

BBQ Unlimited -- What's Good?

i've only been to the noho one (just 2 days ago actually). they don't have dim sum there per se- just siu mai, char siu bao and a chicken and mushroom bao. the bao are pretty good. the siu mai is just ok but we still get it.

their chinese dishes i think are pretty decent, i.e. almost as good as sam woo (i like sam woo). last time i got the beef w/ oyster sauce (good), steamed fish fillet (pretty fresh), seafood hot and sour soup (not so good), yang chow fried rice (decent).

Aug 24, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai in the Valley

yes had lum ka naad a few times. their pad kee mow was decent. tried a fish dish and it was awful. just not fresh. also tried 1-2 other things and was underwhelmed. if you are getting plain staple dishes and it's close by i would think it's pretty good. i wouldn't get anything super complicated or fancy though. further south on reseda blvd is top thai, which has a lot of unique northern thai dishes.

Aug 24, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Wat Thai Temple- foodcourt closing?

i heard from people who are a part of the vendor community there that it's closing as well:
- apparently the car situation has been unbearable for the neighbors- wat thai patrons blocking people's private driveways, etc.
- and it's hard to justify the weekend food stalls as being a religious function b/c only about 10% of the weekend visitors go there to worship.

frankly -at least to me- much of the food there seems to have gone downhill a while ago. a lot of the vendors serve portions that are too small to enjoy (i remember being really angry once or twice at the portion sizes), and also the "grilled" food stands basically just fry the meat nowadays to cook it fast enough to serve the throngs of people waiting in line. o well. i will miss the dessert stands though- was definitely a good place to go for mango and sticky rice, thai custard, fried bananas, and all those coconut soup desserts. but i guess there are places that serve almost all of those things throughout l.a. so i'll manage somehow! :)

Aug 05, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Thai in the Valley... Bangkok dreaming

there's also a sanamluang in claremont actually! (on indian hill). good place to stop on the way back from vegas.

Jul 12, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

Shik Do Rak - Northridge - Review + Pics

we tried this place a week ago and it was not bad for this area. i liked it better than hanwoori down the street.

Jul 12, 2007
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best thai in LA

it's on hollywood blvd across the street from sanamluang next to the thai dessert shop. try the lard na with crispy noodles- pretty good. last time i went there our waiter was a cross dressing dude! :)

Jul 01, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area

List your favorite Chiu Chow (Chaozhou) restaurants ...

kamala in chinatown! excellent! my mom goes there every chance she gets (and she would know)!

Jun 14, 2007
jackt in Los Angeles Area