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Sushiso Masa

30,000 per person without drinks? So it's more than Sawada? I'm just curious--I thought it was closer to 20,000 pp. Thanks.

Jan 29, 2011
tchad in Japan

Kam Hong Garden -- Shanxi Hand Cut Noodle --OMG!!!!!!!!

I thought the actual Shanxi noodle was good, definitely better than JTYH's attempt, but the stir fry was leaning to the bland and a little too homey for me--sloppy pork butchering notwithstanding. Has anybody had better luck with a different topping/flavor than the pork? Incidentally, they listen to KUSC, which is a welcome change from the usual cloying pap SGV places play.

Nov 07, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Breed Street Vendors update

Any idea about where the fresh churros guy(s) went? I'm thinking of the one that set up at the northernmost tip of the parking lot.

Nov 07, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best Bakeries - canneles, french macarons, asian sweets

Of course nothing compares to the ones in France, but I found the ones at Europane to be dreadfully limp and lacking that delicious lacquered crispness. LAMill occasionally has them and they're much better. Haven't seen them at Huckleberry, but I'm sure they would make them right.

Nov 01, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Specialty Poultry

Superior Poultry in downtown Chinatown has guineas for $18 and pheasants for $13 (they're small and since it's a live poultry market they don't hang it so the flavor is a little undeveloped). It's my go to place for poultry - cheap and reasonably flavorful. They also have partridges, roosters (for authentic coq au vin), and wild duck in season. I think their address is 750 N. Broadway, LA

Nov 01, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Lamb tail for gyros

Lamb tail adds that something extra. You can tell the difference. And yes it does make it very fatty--that's why it's good.

Oct 11, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Lamb tail for gyros

I'm planning on making homemade gyros/doner and I want to go all out. Does anyone know where I can obtain lamb tail? Thanks.

Oct 11, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Capones chilies

Does anyone know where I can obtain capones chilies (special smoked jalapenos) and/or any of the dried chilies used in Oaxacan cooking in the LA area? Thanks

Oct 04, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Natural Chinese Sausage

Does anyone know if there's any place in LA where one can get really good and/or natural chinese sausage (lap cheong)? Does natural chinese sausage even exist? Thanks.

Oct 04, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Indian in "Little India"

Not terribly impressed by Woodlands. Ordered a lot of items off the menu, all different, and nothing was very flavorful--almost water flavored on the curries. The gigantic puffed bread (name?) was amazing to look at, but sunk in the stomach like a greasy rock.

Aug 15, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Pristine fresh fish, where art thou?

Does anyone know where I can obtain some ultra fresh fish loaded with flavor? I don't expect Urasawa quality, but it'd be nice to have something better than the bland and/or rotten smelling stuff. Fish King in Glendale, despite the convenience, is often less than pristine and more damning, insipid tasting no matter the type of fish, Santa Monica Seafood is no better than Fish King albeit more expensive and a long drive for me, LA fish co had absolutely horrible fish, and the other place down past skid row (Pacific?) wouldn't sell to me because they're no longer retail. The fish stands/trucks at Pasadena and Hollywood Farmer's markets always smell raunchy and are seldom shielded against the sun, not to mention that the cut flesh of the fish is swimming in water, not sitting on ice, which negates any possible goodness they might actually offer. And don't get me started on Whole Foods or the asian markets like Ranch 99/Hawaii. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Jul 31, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best banh mi

Here's my rundown of Banh Mi's in SGV:

-Banh Mi Che Cali - good deal but lacking in filling on the standard sandwiches; poor meat
-Banh Mi My Tho - they pile the stuff on and it's all of a relatively decent quality-but veggies weren't pickled enough and the bread is a bit too sweet; my fav so far
-Lo Banh Mi Hue Thai - another packed sandwich; slightly lower quality ingredients but still good; I really like their iced coffee
-Ba Le - I ordered extra meat and a couple fried eggs to stuff out the sandwich; decent but poor quality ingredients
-Mr. Baguette - Bad bread, veggies far too sweet, decent meat, gross mayo and expensive!
-Lee's - Comparisons with McDonald's notwithstanding, these are the worst banh mi's I've had. Where's the filling? And taste? And the shakes are horrible.
-Golden Deli - expensive, bread was dry, ingredients were decent, but overall it didn't meld

My realistic side knows it's wrong to nitpick some of the cheapest (and most value-laden) edibles available but my hound side hasn't been able to find a banh mi that's more than half decent in spite of accounting as much as possible for subjective tastes by ordering extra of this or that.

Besides Saigon any other suggestions?

Jun 14, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a good Churro.

Two recs:

1) La Casita Mexican in Bell has really tasty dulce de leche filled churros

2) My current favorite: At the very northern end of the N Breed/Cesar Chavez food fair there's a vendor with a small cart who pulls and frys the churros fresh. $1 for 4. They're always a little late, usually starting after 8 on Fri, Sat and Sun. Make sure to ask for them straight out of the oil. And if the fryman neglects his duties, they're bien tostado and even better.

Don't even bother with the churro truck near Silverlake/Echo park--their churros are old and greasy.

Jun 14, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best lamb purveyor?

Is there anything special about the lamb? Aged? Prime? I like Alexander's steaks, though of course they could use 2-4 more weeks of aging. Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.

May 03, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best lamb purveyor?

Hasn't Niman Ranch been bought out because their business model of high-quality meat, expense be damned, wasn't tenable? I've heard their stuff has suffered since then.

May 03, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best lamb purveyor?

Does anyone know who sells high quality lamb in LA? Whole Foods' lamb is rubbery and expensive for what you get, and Marconda's, while aged, is ridiculous at $60+ for a bone-in leg of lamb and even more for boneless! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

May 03, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

TOP "essential" New York Restaurants $ to $$$$

I agree about the counter service, but Langer's lacks something that Katz's has--substance--that palpable generosity of a dozen slices of thick meat (to be fair, you pay for them). Langer's seems wispy and fussy in comparison. As for the taste, I prefer Langer's. Both are juicy and fresh, but Katz's has a slightly harsh salt taste reminiscent of Morton's seasoning. As for the location, give me Katz's any day--I can't believe so many suited white people brave MacArthur Park.

Apr 18, 2009
tchad in Manhattan

Lardo and Caul fat

Haven't made it out to Cube yet this week, but I was able to find decent caul fat in the freezer section at Bristol Farms in South Pasadena--they've got tons of it.

Salumi's overrated but I'll withhold judgment until I try their lardo.

Thanks.

Apr 17, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Lardo and Caul fat

Does anyone know where to get either of these delectable items? Thanks.

Apr 16, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Best banh mi

I've tried multiple locations of Banh Mi Che Cali and have not been terribly impressed. Any recs for better banh mi? I live near SGV but will travel. Thanks.

Apr 16, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Ramen cookbooks?

I'm tired of eating middling ramen, even here in LA. Does anyone know if any ramen cookbooks (or cookbooks with ramen recipes) exist in English? Especially of the serious type which talk about boiling bones for 8 hours and making noodles from scratch, not about canned chicken broth and store-bought noodles? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Apr 02, 2009
tchad in Home Cooking

Does Peter Reinhart's Bakery still exist?

I've looked everywhere online for Peter Reinhart's bakery, Brother Juniper's, to no avail. It seems it was first in Forestville, then in Santa Rosa on Sebastopol Ave. I know he moved to the East Coast, but I didn't know if his bakery moved with him. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Mar 24, 2009
tchad in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy Bincho charcoal in LA

Thanks for the tip. They had it, at a price of course--$12.95 for a kilo.

Mar 19, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Bincho charcoal in LA

Does anyone know where Bincho (Bincho-tan) charcoal can be purchased in LA? I'm willing to drive pretty much anywhere. Mitsuwa doesn't have it and the online retailer Murayoshi doesn't have a working email so I'm at a wall. Thanks.

Mar 18, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

New Fish Taco Stand in Silver Lake

Went there last night (Friday, 03/13/09). I checked twice, at 8:30 and 9:45 and he wasn't there. I even searched around that area and nothing. Vanished?

Mar 14, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles coffee - I'm calling you out (many boos, and one hooray)

Sorry to digress, but I'm curious to know if you would divulge some or all of the essential places you take out-of-towners? I like your attitude towards (and taste for) coffee. Ergo, you probably have good taste.

Mar 05, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

Have any Chowhound Faves Broken Your Heart

Where are these mind-altering dumplings, pray tell?

Mar 04, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

NYC Folks looking for cheap eats in Seattle

First, I'd recommend the following places:

1) Paseo in Fremont. It's something a little different--caribbean sandwiches; they're usually well-made, and I like the #1--the #2-midnight cuban is just pulled pork. Two caveats: the line at lunch is atrocious and they only accept cash. Everything around 7 or 8 bucks.

2) Salumi in Pioneer Square. The line is terrible, they're only open from 11-4 Tues-Fri and they only accept cash but for the most part it meets with the hype if you go with the right expectations. Most of the salumi is very good--the original is a little greasy to me. The porchetta is overhyped. The sandwiches are huge and mostly under $10. The pasta specials are usually very good but it depends on the day.

3) Uli's in the Pike Place Market - They make sausages everyday, at least they claim they do, and you can pick one out for them to grill and slap on a bun. I like the merguez with mayo and mustard but all of them are more or less good. Around 5 or 6 bucks.

4) Mr. Gyros in Greenwood - These guys make a really good straightforward gyro, especially for Seattle, and they're really friendly to boot. Order it with hummus and harissa.

Last, I'd recommend against Skillet. It's overhyped and is expensive for what it is--the kobe beef isn't even that good and it's small. You have much better burgers in NYC. And the mexican food in Seattle, especially at the taco trucks, is horrendous.

Make sure to get some coffee, too. Espresso Vivace serves up a mean espresso-you have to drink it right away-and good mixed coffees (caramel is homemade), and Stumptown for a straight up latte.

Mar 04, 2009
tchad in Greater Seattle

SFV alert-Regional Mexican in No.Hollywood

Thanks for the info. I'll try it this Sunday. And a big thanks for recommending Don Huarache. That chicarron prensado is fantastic stuff and the tamarindo is excellent. Also, the flan has a very good texture, which in my opinion is rare, but lacks a deep caramel and enough sugar in the custard.

Mar 03, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area

SFV alert-Regional Mexican in No.Hollywood

Making the taco truck rounds this past Friday night, I remembered I had yet to try Nina's sopes so I drove to Breed St north of Chavez and didn't see anything resembling what I'd imagined her operation to look like--only a large group of people in the parking lot on the right and a mariscos truck. It looked pretty sketchy, too. Is this the spot? Is she only out on certain days? Any info would be great. Thanks.

Mar 03, 2009
tchad in Los Angeles Area