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Little Jewel

Yeah, ever since they raised the meter rates in Chinatown, it's been much easier to find street parking to run in and grab a sandwich. On Sunday, though, forget it.

Nov 20, 2014
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A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

I had a very different experience when I visited them a couple months ago.

At the time, their regular chicken biryani consisted a couple lumps of marinated chicken perched atop a gigantic plate of unflavored steamed basmati rice. But it was only $5 or $6, iirc, so I couldn't complain too much, but I wasn't planning on going back.

I'm glad to hear they've upped their game, I'll stop by this evening.

Nov 19, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

There's nothing wrong with farmed oysters and catfish, but I'm glad to hear you're skipping the asian sweatshop shrimp. The food costs what it costs; I won't be eating it every day.

Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

I would like to split an order of nam prik as an appetizer amongst about eight people. That's about the right portion size for me.

Aug 18, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

"On Mondays we will have red beans and rice, as is the tradition in the Crescent City."

I love this.
Eating RB&R on Mondays for the sole reason that that's the day that one eats RB&R, is especially exciting.

I know you've got your hands full and supply issues are daunting, but I'd be willing to pay a little more if you can get your crawfish from the US rather than China.

Aug 18, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

I asked for sticky rice with the nam prik, so I can't really say what would have happened had I not. But you should go ahead and ask; it lets him know that you know what you're getting yourself into. You might as well ask for the pork rinds too.

As to spice level, the nam prik is spicy and I'm not sure how much it can be toned down: it is made largely of mashed chilis, after all. All the other dishes I've tried have been fairly mild. I'm not sure if there's some whiting going on, or that's just the way he feels the dishes should be served.

Best dishes so far: khao soy, fried sour pork ribs, larb mu tod

Dishes that were good but not spectacular: spicy squid, frog legs

Misses: kaeng pa with fish balls - the fish balls were good, but the curry was fairly bland. Some chilis would have helped this dish.

Aug 18, 2014
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Dim sum at China Red: A Pictorial Essay

The food looks fantastic. When do they serve dim sum? Is it Sunday morning only?

Aug 03, 2014
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Mango & Raspberry sorbet....help!

TJ's also currently has mango sorbet by the quart -- which isn't "bulk" but at least it's bigger than pints. I think it was around $4 or $5.

Aug 03, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

Oh, no, I gave the wrong impression. Dinner was quite good, I'll definitely go back. We all enjoyed getting something out of the ordinary. And $45 for 3 is pretty cheap considering everything we got.

The reserved tables were all for one big group. It's entirely possible that reservations are only accepted for Thai-speaking parties of 15 or more.

He did offer pork rinds with the nam prik. But he called them "chicharrones" and I wasn't sure which dish they were meant to be eaten with and my brain didn't make the language switch in time to respond with anything other than a very confused look.

I really enjoy going to a new place with a pre-set menu in mind. I don't really care what I eat as long as it's something the place does well, and there's a good variety of dishes. So thanks very much for your menu.

Jun 27, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

Dinner report:
We arrived at 7:30. The entire western half of the restaurant -- everything except the three booths -- had been reserved. We waited half an hour for a table, at which point all three booths freed up and for a while we were the only people in the place.

We stuck pretty closely to TonyC's menu. The nam prik tasted pretty much like I remember it tasting at Spicy BBQ. Supposedly it can be eaten without making a huge mess, but I haven't mastered that trick yet. Fried larb was sour, crunchy, and rich. Khao klup kapi was pretty mild compared to our other dishes (I forgot to ask for extra shrimp paste) but I'd order it again. The soop nor mai tasted somewhat of the pickling juice they can the bamboo in, but came through with some delicious earthy flavors after a few seconds in the mouth.

When I tried to order kaeng leung he looked confused, then explained that it is a southern dish, and very spicy, and suggested stir-fried clams in a thin curry sauce instead. So we got the clams, which were tasty though I could have done with fewer little bits of broken shell.

Dinner would have flowed a little better if the appetizers had come out first, then the other three dishes later. But I suppose we could have eaten them in any order we chose, so that's kind of on us. Portion sizes were unremarkable; about the same as other Thai places. The guy running the place was very friendly.

$45 for 3 people, before tip, no alcohol.

Jun 26, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

"unsure the word "reservation" is understood there."

Oops. I paid attention to the Yelp page. My bad.

Jun 26, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

Fantastic, Tony, that's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

Are reservations necessary for a Thursday night at 7:30?

Jun 26, 2014
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Suggested menu for Pailin tonight?

3 of us are going to Pailin tonight. Can anybody suggest a complete meal (4-6 dishes) that will complement each other (and be delicious)? I'm happy to order a couple extra dishes and take home leftovers.

No dietary restrictions. Spicy is A-OK. A little bit of funk is good too.

Jun 26, 2014
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Jasmine Market: Burmese/ Myanmar (and Indian) Food

Can you confirm that Jasmine nows serve their Burmese menu (Mohingar, khao soi, tofu salad, noodle salad) after 5pm on weekdays? It used to be weekends only.

Tofu salad and lamb biryani are my two go-to dishes at Jasmine. I wish they'd switch away from styrofoam plates, though.

Jun 25, 2014
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Where Are the Joints? aka smaller, individually run neighborhood places?

What? And miss all the fun of going to Rahel instead?

(Just kidding. Genet is good. Worth going. But Rahel is fantastic.)

Pommes Frites, mar vista farmer''s market, sundays.

I won't buy them again (at least not on a regular basis) because they're too expensive for potatoes that you gobble down while perched on a bus stop bench. If somebody else is picking up the tab, I'll happily indulge.

Other offerings within walking distance for about the same or less money:
* Santouka ramen or Hannosuke ten don: $10 gets you a full meal, plus a place to sit, and they're both delicious
* Pepe's
* Grand View Market (sandwiches, $8, a little overpriced but not too bad, the toasted roast beef and swiss with sauerkraut is pretty good, they have a dining area and some reasonably decent beers on tap)
* Siam Chan Thai ($5.50 lunch special until 3pm, nothing to write home about but it's cheap and satisfying)

Jun 02, 2014
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Pommes Frites, mar vista farmer''s market, sundays.

The fries are quite good.

But they cost $5 for a small and $7 for a large, plus $1-2 for sauces. That's too much for street food.

I tried them, and I'm glad I tried them, but I won't be buying them again.

Jun 02, 2014
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Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

Were I to pick out a local beer as a gift, my goal wouldn't be to find that person their perfect beer; rather, I would try to get them something that is (a) local and (b) that they will enjoy drinking.

That said, since you don't know what the giftee likes, I'd pick out something traditional, fancy, and without too much hops. (Reasoning: newfangled styles can be very hit-or-miss, but the traditional ones have stood the test of time. And while hopheads can enjoy a good malty beer, many of the West-coast super-hoppy beers are nearly undrinkable to those who prefer hops in moderation.)

Try finding a bock/doppelbock, belgian ale, porter or stout. For something a little lighter, try a hefeweizen. Skip anything called a "pale ale", "IPA", anything with a name that's a pun on "hops", and anything with bizarre ingredients like chili peppers or grape nuts.

May 06, 2014
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Plug for GOOD EGGS

How awkward that they price their items by "package", "wedge", "jar" etc. instead of using standardized measures of weight and volume.

Apr 29, 2014
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Goodbye to Northridge

I don't know if it still counts as Northridge, but Pho So 1 on Reseda has pho on par with SGV or Garden Grove. And La Baguette next door has pretty good banh mi (considering the location), as does the place around the corner on Sherman Way.

Also, while it may not be terribly exotic, Mandarin Deli on Reseda near Nordhoff beats the hell out of driving to Alhambra for your noodle&dumpling fix. Try the potstickers, "spicy beef noodle soup with hand make noodle", and the beef roll. Be sure you get the hand-made noodles.

Apr 02, 2014
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Where to have lunch with my four-month old on the Westside?

Santouka for ramen or Hannosuke for the tempura bowl, both inside Mitsuwa market at Venice & Centinela. Food-court dining, but the food is great.

Jasmine Market (on Sepulveda near Tito's) on Fri-Sat-Sun for the tofu salad, or either of the weekend-only soups. They're a mom&pop place, kid-friendly, no atmosphere. The weekday fare isn't bad either.

I wish Lawrence of India were still around.

Mar 17, 2014
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raised or cake ????? Which kind of gal or guy are you ????

The key is it has to come straight out of the fryer. A fresh hot glazed should melt in your mouth as you bite into it. Cold donuts just aren't the same thing at all.

I get my fix at California Donut on 4th & New Hampshire, hot between midnight and 3am. But it doesn't really matter so much where you go, as long as you get them fresh.

Jan 27, 2014
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homemade noodles

If you're in Northridge, stop by Mandarin Deli for spicy beef noodle soup with hand-made noodles. Make sure you pay the extra buck for the hand-made noodles. Get some potstickers and a beef roll while you're there.

Jan 20, 2014
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Need a Hachi substitute for birthday dinner

$45pp wouldn't be out of the question; I was just giving a ballpark figure. But "raucous" rules it out.

Jan 11, 2014
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Need a Hachi substitute for birthday dinner

Looks like fun. Thanks! I may scout it out beforehand. :)

Jan 11, 2014
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Need a Hachi substitute for birthday dinner

Mom used to really love going to Hachi for her birthday, but it moved to Torrance and that's too far away on a Friday night. Does anybody have any suggestions for something similar in Santa Monica/WLA?

There will be 6-8 of us, possibly plus an infant, budget around $30pp for food. Not much drinking. Mom likes lots of little tastes of different things that she can share around the table. Dinner around 6ish. Not super-packed, not too loud.

I've already suggested Musha, but she seemed less than enthused. Any other suggestions?

Jan 10, 2014
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Where to find these and other (obscure/Northern/Isaan) Thai dishes in LA?

I'll follow up the Spicy BBQ post to say that while the lady who runs it is very sweet, they use nondairy creamer in their khao soy, and the nam prik is oddly expensive -- around $9 iirc.

I like the khao soy at Sri Siam in NoHo. It has a more fermented/pickley flavor than I've had elsewhere.

Jan 07, 2014
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Source for take-away tamales?

Mama's Tamales, in Macarthur Park. $2.50 each, and worth every penny.

Dec 13, 2013
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Rehearsal Dinner - Westside

Shamshiri grill is big enough, and reasonably priced.

Dec 06, 2013
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Food that will satisfy Indian vegetarians and American meat-eaters?

It's hard to find stellar vegetarian and meat at the same restaurant on the Westside (Indian excluded). Often regular restaurants will have just a few veg options, and you never really know if there's animal fat in the veg dishes.

Is it crucial that your side of the family gets meat? I can think of a couple of vegetarian restaurants that I, as an omnivore, enjoy very much. (Rahel probably tops the list. Thai Vegan is good too, for take-out.) Or, if you're ordering take-out, you could order from both an excellent veg place, and an excellent meat place.

Nov 11, 2013
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