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Best pizzle in LA?

wherever you go, i hope you have a ball there.

FWIW i've seen it sold at many asian supermarkets if you have reasonable cooking skills, you can probably just make soup with it.

or you could try #179 at jitlada

http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

about 2 hours ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Thread on Reddit Asking Expats Most Authentic Home Country Restaurant in LA

it might as well be; there are enough regional/cultural differences so as to have a perceptible impact on the cuisine.

FWIW. i met someone last night who insisted she wasn't from LA - she was from OC (la habra, to be precise).

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Thread on Reddit Asking Expats Most Authentic Home Country Restaurant in LA

the comments did include some stuff that would probably be classified as inane by plenty of CHers; but some CHers are willing to cut through the chaff if there's a decent chance to find a new place.

1 day ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Why can't LA get real, squeaky, Quebec-style cheese curds?

i'd be making poutine every chance i had.

Mar 01, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Interesting Thread on Reddit Asking Expats Most Authentic Home Country Restaurant in LA

i must confess that i didn't know that an authentic chicken shawarma existed. if i ever get to hollywood i must try this.

Mar 01, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Foreign Food in LA

FWIW, another person posted the same link on CH shortly after you did, and also identified the link in the title.

Feb 28, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

i prefer kushiyaki/yakitori to chinese style skewers. i appreciate the finesse vs. taking lamb and just blasting it with cumin.

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

my understanding is that the northern regional cuisine is supposed to be more subtle & nuanced compared to southern vietnam while central vietnamese is different from both due to the mountainous terrain influencing the available ingredients & spices.

it's such a fine line between subtle, subdued, and bland.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Vietnamese recs in SGV?

you could try the restaurants run by other members of the same family. vietnam house (?) diagonally across the same intersection as GD, and vietnam restaurant west (i think) on las tunas.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

i would add shanghai dumpling house (try the XLB) & shanghai restaurant (chicken w/chestnuts) as places to try.

and kam hong is chow-worthy again IMO.

plus i finally tried noodle house recently where they made/assemble the bao, dumplings & potstickers to order. i especially liked the pork/scallop dumplings.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Planning -- Chinatown/Little Tokyo and Koreatown

i had neglected to factor in the metro in my previous post, but my comment about korean food not being that inexpensive holds. i personally wouldn't recommend something like kang hodong for just one person. ditto for a dive bar like dan sung sa. but that's me.

Feb 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

No. 1 Charcoal BBQ - Monterey Park

and even more authentic because it takes about 6 yuan to make a dollar; 60 yuan would have been about $10 american.

Feb 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

German Food Truck in L.A.

i personally don't see much appeal eating a heavy carbohydrate in hot weather. i don't think i'm alone in that.

i'm not sure what prompted other portions of your response, but FWIW i have an austrian friend with whom i have lunch regualrly, we talk about food a lot, and i've made a point of asking him specifically about austrian food, how it differs from what most non-austrians think it is. i've also asked him when he misses the most. since i don't think there's enough demand for it, i didn't bother to mention an ex-pat point of view.

my feedback is worth what you're paying for it, so there's that. good luck on whatever you decide.

Feb 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

German Food Truck in L.A.

seems to me that authenticity is secondary to demand. as such, i'd go with something like the WURST food truck. i don't see something like spaetzle selling in hot weather. as for schnitzel, which is to me a german version of a cuban bistec empanizado or a taiwanese fried pork chop (if you use pork instead of veal). hard to eat standing up and trying to wield a knife & fork... unless you find a way to make it hand held.

Feb 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

we toisan use GQ to prop up wobbly tables.

Shi Hai Makes GQ's Top 25 Restaurant List

i've read bourdain's essay on richman. bourdain does not deny that richman knows his stuff, rather that richman takes himself WAY too seriously and uses his position in a petty way to make personal attacks against those daring to challenge him in any way. i personally find the argument compelling.

Feb 24, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Pok pok phat thai

i can't speak to your experience, but when it comes to reviews of sucky places, i'm going to use gold's review of shi hai as a baseline. he danced around their sucky-ness by suggesting that one was best off sticking with the simpler stuff there and he left it there. he didn't suggest going back and experimenting with the condiments in order to fine tune one's own palate. as such, i'm less inclined to read gold's review of PPPT (pppht?) as an artful attempt to dance around the apparent blandness of the food they're putting out there. maybe the guy *has* taken minimalism a bit too far; i don't know enough about authentic thai to be able to say.

Feb 24, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

i've eaten raccoon. it was in a soup with all the usual unidentifiable chinese herbs and ingredients, so i can't be sure if my lack of affinity was due to the meat or the recipe.

Feb 23, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Lenten Fish Fry

redondo beach is a lot closer to the west side. or i would have mentioned the one in tujunga.

https://www.facebook.com/TujungaKofCf...

Feb 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Lenten Fish Fry

the knights of columbus in redondo beach

2/27 3/13 3/27

http://www.kofc1990.org/179.html

hope this helps

Feb 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

ISO Lenten Church Fish Fries 2015

thought i had one. never mind. one's in tujunga, the other, redondo beach.

Feb 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

shout a lot?

Feb 17, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area
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Impossible Expectations?

my folks are originally from southern china, and my childhood memories include comments such as:
- i hate chinese food! it's so slimy!
- i love chinese food! especially lemon chicken!
- ew! what's THAT? (during lunch at school)

so embedded in my memory that it might be fair to describe me as driven when i began to explore ethnic cuisines with a goal of understanding what made them authentic. and with my ethnic background it was probably a lot easier for me to get past certain kind of provincialism in regards to my palate. you can see evidences of that kind of provincialism in a lot of yelp reviews of ethnic cuisine.

i've discovered that while i can still appreciate the skill in the preparation, some cuisines are less to my liking than others due to personal preference & history. and that's ok.

assuming that you are referring to a certain place in chinatown, you might find jonathan gold's recent review very helpful; in particular, one of his closing thoughts found in http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-gol...:

"But the most interesting question about ______________ is less about what might be on the slim yellow menu than it is about your own philosophy of dining: What do you, as a presumably non-Thai enthusiast of Thai cooking, really want from a dish?"

Feb 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Pok pok phat thai

jonathan gold reviewed the place this week.

good phat thai is intentionally bland - it's what you make of it when you add your choice of condiments. like hainan chicken rice where everyone has their own take on how much ginger, chili & soy sauce to add.

in this case, your choices are sugar, lime, pepper vinegar, fish sauce, etc. apparently all of necessary, but the exact proportions are a matter of personal taste. gold chooses an analogy of customers marveling over ketchup, mustard & relish in a burger bar in tokyo to help illustrate the point.

he finishes with this last thought: "But the most interesting question about Pok Pok Phat Thai is less about what might be on the slim yellow menu than it is about your own philosophy of dining: What do you, as a presumably non-Thai enthusiast of Thai cooking, really want from a dish?"

Feb 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Ocean Star - just new look or new owners?

i was at ocean star a couple of weeks ago, i didn't think much of it since servers at 888 were using sneeze guards at least a year ago. those are the only cart dim sum places i've patronized in the last 10 years.

Feb 16, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

How are my choices?

i liked the swai (i was extremely impressed by how moist it was) until i found out it was swai (that it was a property of the ingredient which bugs some folks due to the provenance/terroir/geographical source vs. being a result of amazing technique). IIRC they are careful to refer to it as basa instead of swai at HRB.

Feb 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants in Sierra Madre pre-theatre?

if you like mediterranean (greek, actually) you might like corfu. just make sure you let them know you're on a deadline; they do a lot of takeout and for some reason they can prioritize towards a pickup time vs. an order in house.

Feb 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

giang nan (sp?) was replaced by fangs kitchen

Feb 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Tang yuan recommendations?

i saw them at shanghai in focus plaza. not red bean though.

Feb 15, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Planning -- Chinatown/Little Tokyo and Koreatown

you got plenty of decent recs for chinatown on your other post, though i'd point out that half of chinatown is now actually vietnamese. the cheapest lunch is probably a banh mi from buu dien,

FWIW, while saint martha is within the boundaries of K-town, k-town covers an area roughly 1.6 x 1.6 miles. fortunately it's relatively flat, but wandering k-town on foot isn't necessarily all that practical a plan.

also, when it comes to k-town, while there's great diversity to be found in korean cuisine, it's not all that inexpensive, especially if you want to reserve most of your per diem to spend on dinner.

having said that, if you like sushi, you might consider the $8 lunch special of hae dup bap (basically a spicy sashimi salad) at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang which is IIRC just about next door to saint martha.

from there it's a leisurely 2 block walk south to koreatown plaza.

http://www.koreatownplaza.com/plaza/b...

between the stores and the food court it's as close to a destination as you might find in K-town to explore and nosh, especially if you're going to be on foot.

the food court includes:
- awoolim: (korean style sushi rolls at around $5 a crack
- pao jao dumpling: what might be the best spicy shrimp dumplings in LA
- tofu house has soondobu for $6.

you might even get free samples in the supermarket in the basement.

from there you can continue another couple of blocks south down to koreatown galleria at western & olympic.

http://koreatowngalleria.com/page.asp...

haven't been there but i understand that the food court there is even more extensive but i can't personally recommend anything there as being chow worthy while i can personally vouch for awoolim & pao jao.