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Best store-bought kim chi and where to find it in LA

Can you be kind enough to give an address for 'doosooni'? I cannot seem to locate it. Thanks.

Oct 08, 2010
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles (蝦子麵)?

The Sau Tao brand is good as mentioned by chemicalkinetics. They have two kinds. One is in box package as shown by the link above and then there is the one that come in a plastic canister. The canister contains 880g or 31 ounces and tastes much better. Usually found in Tak Shing Hong and Wing Hop Fung stores that sell herbs and dried seafood. They have stores in chinatown and san gabriel valley.

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Wing Hop Fung
727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 23, 2010
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles (蝦子麵)?

Are you looking for restaurants that serve noodles with dried shrimp roe like Mak Kee in Hong Kong or are you looking for dried shrimp roe noodles that you cook at home? I don't think dried shrimp roe are allowed through customs officially.

Aug 23, 2010
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Gardena Japanese sweets-mochi

Wow. So you are saying that when one buys a larger quantity, all businesses should/must give a discount to obtain your business. In addition, if a business only takes cash for payment, they probably fudge their numbers to the IRS every year. And I guess charging more and taking cash allow them to sell out of mochis early in the day? This makes my day.

Aug 20, 2010
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Where Can I Find Congee For Breakfast?

Harbor Kitchen and Garden Cafe in Alhambra and U2 Cafe on Valley in San Gabriel all have congee for breakfast which is usually between 7am-10am.

Jul 12, 2010
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Something delicious to bring on the plane with me, but must buy the day before

Banh mi from Mr. Baguette had worked well for me. I find that that their #5 chicken sandwich and their Eggs and Ham sandwich hold up well overnight for the next day. To preserve the bread, put each sandwich in a plastic bag and seal it tight. Make sure the whole sandwich is in the bag. Put in refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature for consumption. The sandwiches will be safe to eat for the entire day. The chicken sandwich will come with some optional veggies.

Oct 15, 2009
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Is Seafood Village worth going to...not crab season

Well, you did mention DTF in your original post so it should be fair game for people to comment on. Personally I think Ipsedixit has been most diplomatic so far.

May 09, 2008
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Orange Chicken for the Homeless

You may want to talk to Zen Mei Bistro at 800 Yale Street, Los Angeles. Good prices generally and generous portions. Fairly close to the Hop Li in Chinatown. Just across the street, in fact. Tell them what you intend to spend and they will tell you what they can do. If you are going for fried rice, i don't think the vegetable version is any healthier than the bbq pork version. Personally, I think the bbq pork version give them more protein. Just my 2 cents.

Apr 19, 2008
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

ISO soup dumplings...in LA or OC

I am wondering if the op is referring to the soup dumpling sometimes served at cantonese dim sum places. In cantonese, it is pronounced, goon tong gao. A largish dumpling fit inside a small rice bowl. Usually filled with pork, mushroom, dried scallops, shark fin etc with plenty of soup. Sometimes slivers of ginger and red vinegar is mixed in to the dumpling to enhance the taste. Yes, this dumpling you can actually use a straw.

Feb 24, 2008
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Pho Saigon in Koreatown hits the spot

I don't know if they cooked your noodle or not. Cooked pho noodle usually do not travel well. Ask the restaurant to have them uncooked and then put them in boiling water at home for about 10 seconds. Assemble everything else and bring the soup to a boil and you have a creation fairly similar to the restaurant version. Enjoy.

Feb 06, 2008
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Personal Chef: Fu Wing Low's Amazing Cantonese Food! (w/ Pics)

The steamed meatloaf cantonese style is usually not in a loaf form but more of a saucer shape like a pizza. The dish is not always offered as it is more of a homestyle cooking as well time consuming. The picky chef will usually chop a combination of lean and fatty pork together to come out with the right texture after steaming. Mixed into the pork can be shitake dry mushrooms, preserved vegetables, fresh water chestnuts, fresh bamboos to impart a sweetness and texture to the mixture. Toppings may be salted duck eggs, chinese anchovies, chineses sausages, ginger, green onions etc. Best served with a large bowl of hot white rice and spoon the juices from the meatloaf and you have a very comforting meal. The steaming process takes some time and some restaurants find it too tedious to do on a regular basis. Enjoy.

Jan 28, 2008
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

best pho in san gabriel valley?

I believe the only day they are closed is thursday. Don't hold me to it.

May 07, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

best pho in san gabriel valley?

dear wildswede, pho hien is worth a try. you will stick out like a sore thumb because i don't remember ever seeing a non asian there and i had been there a few times. i like them because their meats tend to have minimal fat (healthier) although i have many vietnamese friends who prefer their pho greasier. do get there earlier as i found the broth tends to more diluted as they are close to their closing time. if i am correct, they are closed on thursday so beware and enjoy.

May 05, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

best pho in san gabriel valley?

dear wildswede, i believe the restaurant you are looking for is 'pho hien'. the address is 9911 garvey ave in el monte. it is in a stand alone building and does have its own parking lot in the back. their pho are quite tasty and their meat tends to be on the leaner side. less fatty that is. i believe they close by 5pm however. you should give this restaurant a try because i like it.

May 04, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

THAI-ing to find something good in Pasadena

jackt, any names of restaurant your parents care for in the 'khun dom" area? thanks.

Mar 12, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Flabbergasted in Little Saigon! [moved from LA board]

hello, are you sure they didn't charge you for the rice for each person? some restaurant will do that say .60 cents for each person for white rice and if there are ten people in the party, they will charge you $6.00, still a bummer though i am sure.

Mar 08, 2007
curtiskan in Not About Food

Best Indian in Hollywood?

I have tried the lunch buffet versus the dinner menu. Although you get to try the different dishes with the buffet, the dinner or a la carte menu is quite a bit better. In fact, I think it is in another class altogether. Even the naan bread is in another league. Please try their dinner sometime. You will be surprised.

Feb 06, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Sick and want soup to go in the East Valley!

Pho will travel if you ask the restaurant not to cook the rice noodles. Be sure to go home quickly due to the raw meats depending on the version you selected. When at home, boil a pot of water and cook the rice noodle for ten seconds. Be sure to reboil the broth especially if you expect the raw meats to cook. Put everything back together and pour boiling broth over it andd you will have reasonable pho at home. You may also buy extra containers of the beef broth that you can mix with other noodles choices at home. Usually $1.50 to $2.00 for each extra container. Hope you feel better.

Jan 18, 2007
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Dungeness Crab!! Recommendations on where to buy??

Crabs will always try to play dead. Be sure to remember the lessons learned from the Karate Kid movie, i.e. always look eyes. The crab's eyes, that is. I have a thick pair of leather garden glove that I only use in the kitchen to minimize damages. And yes, treat them with respects.

Dec 18, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Dungeness Crab!! Recommendations on where to buy??

You should ask or bring your own ice pack to put on top of the crab inside the bag. Crabs died usually of heat and Southern Cal temperatures do not help. Oxygen is usually not a problem. Without the ice and inside a car, the crab can easily died within half to one hour.

Dec 18, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Where to Buy Insulated or Foam Containers in the Los Angeles Area for Shipping Frozen Food?

Did you check Smart and Final Iris?

Dec 14, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Dim sum to go

The Empress Pavillion take out store can get you anything they serve inside the restaurant. You are not limited to the items on display although they don't particularly care for the walk into the main restaurant. You just have to ask.

Dec 02, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Daikokuya fading?

No, I did not get the stronger broth but I didn't either one to two years ago. My fifteen years old son (chowhound to be) also senses the difference. Maybe I am being spoiled by Santoka? You are right in that their business is as good as ever.

Nov 28, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area

Daikokuya fading?

Hi. I used to be a big fan of the ramen at Daikokuya since I work in downtown. Lately I am finding the drop in quality with Daikokuya's ramen. The broth is watery with little taste. There are minimal taste with the bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and the egg. The noodle was never Daikokuya's strong point. The only merit is that the pork is still tender and flavorful. Are others finding the same thing? I was there three times in the last six months and each time is the same. I have not try other dishes the last three times. What gives?

Nov 28, 2006
curtiskan in Los Angeles Area