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China Islamic still any good?

Have tried Omar's, will try Shaanxi. Thanks.

May 29, 2012
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China Islamic still any good?

It hasn't been in my last two trips there. In fact, it's been very bland and generic, more like a place with Wok or Panda in its name, in Any Mall USA. I'm hoping others have had better luck and the place is still as good as I remember. FYI, our party of four ordered almost every lamb dish on the menu; none stood out.

May 29, 2012
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Turkey Rolls At 101 Noodle Express In Fox Hills Mall

Reading all these report I get the feeling the food maybe made elsewhere - except for the fries - and just warmed up before serving.

Jul 11, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Gjelina?.......

Kudos to the restaurant for sticking to heir policy, celebrity or not, or celebrity by association or not. Besides, she probably didn't understand the concept of no modifications, all the silicone she carries.

Jun 03, 2011
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Naan Nut - Sangak Bread to make you cry

The WMH market is great. Having to be in that neck of the woods every ten days or so - am a westsider too - I make a point of stopping by. Besides the fresh bakery, they have many ready-made dishes in their freezer section, some like ashe-e anar, not easily found at local restaurants. Also, what Asal offers, for breakfast only, is kaleh-pacheh which I haven't tried yet; it's Persian style menudo, though I don't know if it has the same hangover cure rep.

May 23, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Naan Nut - Sangak Bread to make you cry

There's price war in the valley on Sangak; Asal has cut their price to two dollars a sheet to compete with Woodland Hills Market just down the block which also bakes the bread all day long. Both Asal and WHM give you butcher paper to wrap the bread in. Since there's no rice on the menu at Asal, all the kabobs are served on Sangak. The jus and sangak are definitely a heavenly match. The chicken kabob at Asal is excellent and they make a very decent ash-e reshteh. One more thing; Sangak's always whole wheat.

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Woodland Hills Market
19964 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91364

May 23, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Frozen fava beans

Have see them at Super Value - or Best Value - on Venice and Westwood, 1.99 a bag but not skinned.

Apr 18, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite dives and cheap eats WORTH THE DRIVE?

And not just you, or you either! And I live just around the block. Tito's gives Taco Bell a good name!.

Mar 28, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

Ah, so that's how to do it! There are a couple of very endearing Persian ladies in my building that more than fit the bill. In fact, some of the best Persian meals I've had have been their handiwork, some very regional fare one never finds in local restaurants. For instance, who knew that the rice served in the Caspian area is not the fluffy basmati but more like the Japanese sticky rice, and the fish head so prevalent in our own SGV Chinese joints is also a major staple there, sans the peppercorns, of course.

Mar 27, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

But oh, the service that always tempts you to leave before you're finally , belatedly and indifferently served. Every time I go I promise never to do so again but let myself be talked into it every six months or so hoping that things might've changed. But they somehow never seem to. The last time was this past Sunday - Persian New Year or norooz - and the place was half-empty due to the torrential rains we were having; food was great, the service even worse than their usual standard.

Mar 26, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

their chicken seems to be universally disliked, me included.

Mar 13, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

Am stumped! Persian tarragon has a lemony-basil taste and there's shahi, an arugula-sharp herb - most Persian stores carry it - which is wonderful in salads and sandwiches. But what you're describing doesn't sound like either.

Mar 12, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

You may be talking about mast-o-moosir which is a yogurt -shallots and Jerusalem artichokes mix and is a pretty amazing spread on any kind of bread.

Mar 11, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Asal Persian Bakery

It's more the case of some diners who lump all "Middle-Eastern" cuisine together asking for it and restauranteurs giving them what they ask for. Owner of a small kabob place told me Persians never order it and he keeps it on the menu so that those unfamiliar with the cuisine can see something they recognize!

Feb 27, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Asal Persian Bakery

Finally got a chance to try the place recently touted in LAT for lunch. The draw here is the special tanoor (oven) for baking Sangak bread, one of the three most popular breads in Persian cuisine. Sangak means little stone as the bread is baked on a bed of pebbles. Here, stainless steel takes the place of the pebbles and the bread that comes of the behemoth tanoor looks like the real deal but I'm afraid falls way short in the taste department. Now, it's a perfectly OK flat bread on its own, but Sangak it's not. It also had a slightly greasy, oily feel to it that I found rather odd. The two of us ordered the special koubideh and chicken kabob. Both were served on the aforementioned bread - no mounds of Basmati here - and came with a side of salad. I found the koubideh average but the chicken was excellent; very juicy and tender, extremely flavorful. But ashe-eh-reshteh (noodle soup) was definitely the star of the show, very hearty and yummy and just the perfect thing on a rainy day. The bill for the two kabobs, two orders of ash - one to go - soft drinks and tea came to around $32,00 which I thought was very reasonable. The place is open for breakfast which includes kaleh-pacheh (head and foot soup!) which I intend to try next time I'm in that neck of the woods. Another draw here is the fact that Woodland Hills Market is just a couple of doors down where you can pick up things I haven't even seen in all the Persian specialty stores in Tehrangeles. They too make their own Sangak as well as Barbari, the Persian breakfast bread.

Feb 26, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Breakfast Spots

My guess is the pastries are not made in house. The Sangak tanoor is a dedicated tanoor, lined with pebbles and designed only to make Sangak, not even the other two breads in the Persian culinary staple; Barbari for breakfast and Taftoon for lunch and dinner, are made in this floor to ceiling behemoth. But you never know, if this is some hi-tech contraption as described in the article not only capable of turning out not only Sangaks but also very delicate French-style pastries!

Jan 16, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Breakfast Spots

If the Sangak bread is the real deal - what's offered at Healthy Choices in Irvine, although very good, is no Sangak - then get yourself over there pronto. Was in Iran a couple of years ago - Canadian passport, eh! - and absolutely fell in love with the breads. The rest of the suff in the review sound very good too. If you've had and loved tripa and all the different offal scented broths in SGV - and what Chowhound hasb't - then the Kaleh-Pache will also be up your alley. Usually, it's only served for breakfast. I await yours and ipse's report.

Jan 15, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

harissa paste

yeah, that's the one, right across the way from Cafe Brasil. The clientele is multi-national; Mexican, Indian, N. African, you name it. You can find some great bargains there. They have parking in the back and a hookah shop right on the premises not to mention a Turkish restaurant -unaffiliated - upfront.

Jan 08, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

harissa paste

There's a middle-eastern market on Venice Blvd and Westwood (don' t remember the name), that has fresh harissa. The butcher, an Algerian, makes it two, three times a week and it's no more than a couple of bucks. Ask for it at the butcher counter.

Jan 07, 2011
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

pho minh closed?

This morning at 10 AM the doors were shut and according to a neighbor have been so for a couple of weeks. Please, somebody say it ain't so!

Nov 21, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Tito's Tacos

My eight year old's - now sixteen - original assessment of Tito's still stands. At age four he called Louise Trattoria's pizza "cardboardy," and by age ten I had to drive him to Westmister for his favorite "soup," pho. Nothing on the westside would do for him. He has his fast food faves like any other teen, but they tend to be mostly taco trucks rather than burger joints. So when he pronounced Tito's inedible at age eight he knew whereof he spoke even then.

Mar 27, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Tito's Tacos

When I took my eight year old son to Tito's when we first moved into the hood and had seen the crowds at all hours, his reaction after the first bite was, "Dad, I wouldn't give this to my dog!" I reminded him that he didn't have a dog and he said that was the point he was trying to make; if I got him a dog he'd take good care of it and wouldn't let it eat crap like that. A better assessment of Tito's I've yet to see. We still live just blocks away and have never been back. And yes, my son did get his dog.

Mar 26, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Anybody's been to Tasty Noodle House?

Thanx odub . I'll make a copy of your post and take it with me when I go there next week so I know what to order. The place sounds wonderful. Thanx to your uncle too.

Mar 20, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Anybody's been to Tasty Noodle House?

Thanks conor and Pandan. You've given me enough to make a trip this week worthwhile.

Mar 15, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Anybody's been to Tasty Noodle House?

It's J. Gold's new fave and I wanted to get Chowheads' two cents worth since when it comes to regional Chinese cuisine your - you know who you are! - depth and breadth of knowledge is, well, the gold standard. Pun intended.

Mar 13, 2010
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

Everything goes better with garlic as far as I'm concerned. What are the portions and prices like at Liang's?

Aug 06, 2009
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

You're right. Tried it yesterday and it sure hit the spot. The fact the place is so close to me wins it bonus points.

Aug 06, 2009
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

But do you recommend it? I've had their ramen but not their cold noodles. Santouka's very convenient, just blocks from me.

Aug 04, 2009
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Persian in LA

Attari is open for dinner, has been for at least a year. They serve kabob, barg and chicken - without rice but on fresh sangak bread. The chicken isn't boneless and not all that great for the money. But they also serve all their usual sandwiches and soups.

Aug 04, 2009
fkingford in Los Angeles Area

Where for best cold noodle dishes?

Sounds like my kind of place. In my experience, if they do beef noodle soup well chances are other items on the menu will also be well worth a try. thanks

Aug 04, 2009
fkingford in Los Angeles Area