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Best fried chicken in LA? where is it?

Pioneer Fried Chicken on Olympic cross street San Vicente.

Apr 15, 2013
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very confused foodie need recommendations.

I'd give Tar and Roses a skip. Interesting menu poor execution. Good ambience though. I'd suggest subbing it with Animal.

Apr 15, 2013
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Time for one Chinese dinner and one hole-in-the-wall lunch

Second the motion for Sea Harbour. For lunch, check out Happy Garden, terrific Taiwanese. I love, love their white cut goose, pork fried rice and intestine hot pot.

Apr 15, 2013
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Best Fine Dining in LA

Ink is my favorite :-) Maison Giraud or Michael's are lovely for a change, 4 star food, 4.5 star ambience out of 5.

Apr 15, 2013
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Lee's Garden: Pig's Blood & Intestines & Stinky Tofu, Oh My!

Ooooh thanks for the review. Another interesting place to try. Loved the pictures in your blog. If you find anyplace that has duck blood with glutinous rice. Be sure to post it. So who has better intestine pork blood soup in town? I've tried the one at Happy Garden and did not think anything of it as the soup seemed an all purpose stock with the ingredients added afterward. The milky goodness wasn't there.

Jul 26, 2012
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Fried Chicken on the west side

Number One for me would be Pioneer Fried Chicken at the corner of Olympic and Fairfax. Number Two would be the branch of Kyochon in the Westfield Mall aka Fox Hill Mall. Both use smaller sized chickens. The mild sweetness of Pioneer chicken seems to come from the chicken itself and not the marinade. Pioneer also has deep fried liver and gizzard but these are not tasty.

Jul 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Singapore - Best "Bak Chang" (肉粽) in Town :-)

My niece once said she loves brown rice. Turns out she meant Bak Chang :-) It's called Ma Chang in Manila. I think the Hokkien Chinese in Manila are mostly not from Amoy but from smaller cities on Mainland Hokkien.

Excellent grilled intestines

I'll have to try Haige and Don Dae Gam. Thanks for the recommendations.

Jul 08, 2012
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Excellent grilled intestines

Yes I have :-) I thought it pricey and the taste good but not as good a value as Yangmani.

Jul 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Oyster are $1 each during Happy Hour at Hachi (Wilshire Blvd near Bundy).

Jul 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone serve a deep fried Sui Kow

When Sui Gow is fried the name changes to Guo Tieh. Most Shanghainese, Taiwanese or noodle restaurants would have them. Try Jinjiang restaurant off Valley Rd. west of Del Mar. Be sure to order their fried red bean empanada too.

Jul 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Young green coconuts?

Hacking a coconut isn't easy especially punching a hole thru the really hard inner shell. The big Asian supermarkets tend to have something in the freezer section that tastes as good as the best young coconuts from Mexico, Thailand or the Philippines. They are whole "shelled" coconuts from Thailand or the Philippines. The taste of the coconut water, once defrosted, is mildly sweet just like fresh ones and nothing like canned coconut water. Ideally, the best eating coconuts have meat that are so gel like, they can be slurped. These frozen coconuts tend to have unslurpable thicker meat but coconut gel is added so the texture/consistency of the meat of real young coconuts is present. Costs around $2.00 each.

Jul 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

30 Hour Layover in Hong Kong

Thanks for this terrific list. What is the address for Fung Lum in Tai Wai and Man Man Kee? I absolutely dote on Roast Goose and Roast Pigeon. I thought Yung Kee was just off the day I tried it last April, but as it has gone downhill, I'd appreciate your recommendation of places to go for those two items and for beef brisket. Also if I can't get out of Causeway Bay where I usually stay, what are the best Cantonese restaurants in that area?

From Culver City south Hwy 1

Have pastries at Patisserie Chantilly in Lomita (sesame cream puff esp.), have Charro BBQ chicken at Seal Beach, have a drink at Las Brisas in Laguna (food here is mediocre.) If an Asian food Fan, swing back via 405 take Culver Blvd or Jeffries exit check out the mini-malls, try AJ for lovely Taiwanese food; return to I-405 and take Bolsa exit, check out the food court at the garish Asia Mall for Vietnamese street food or the restaurant behind the 99 Cent store for a really wide assortment of scrumptious Vietnamese dishes; return to I-405 and take the Carson exit away from Ikea check out Red Ribbon bakery or Seafood Grocery for Filipino snack food. Bon Appetit.

Jun 24, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

looking for "chewy" gelato

Or Syrian Bakdash ice cream :-)

Jun 23, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Mexican Corn Cart?

There is a Mercado Mini Mall off Lorena near Whittier Blvd very popular with LA Hispanics. There is a busy elote and other snack food shop on the ground floor facing the parking lot. The owner can probably be talked into filling your need or at least point you in the right direction.

Jun 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Have 24 Hours Free, Who/What/Where Should I Eat?

:::Chuckling:::: yes their stewed intestines! goose, fried rice, cold cut free range chicken, sauteed kidneys. Love, love, love that restaurant :-)

Jun 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Your whole roast pig options in L.A. (fresh and pre-roasted included)

Eva's and Maybe Toto's are Philippine style Lechons and would come with a lovely liver based sauce; anyway different and IMHO better than Cantonese style roast pig because better marinade and juicier. I wouldn't worry about scathing criticisms if they are mostly about long waits to pick up. That is just a cultural thang ie tropical sense of time:-). As for Cantonese style, I haven't tried Kim tar's but have often ordered from Sam Woo (?) downtown for to give away during holidays. Reliable but a bit dry. Ditto King Hua. NBC (Atlantic) IMHO does a better Roast Pig.

Jun 08, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Comments Welcome on My Hong Kong Restaurant Selections

If you do Po Lin Monastery, do not buy the lunch coupon offered by the cable car ticket booth as that would be to restaurants at the Disneyesque part of Po Lin. When you get off the cable car just walk thru the Disneyesque part towards the temple itself. The authentic Po Lin vegan lunch place is just to the side of the temple.

Hong Kong for five days

I'm among those whose first dinner stop in HK is Yung Kee. But the last time I was there (last April) the goose I got was positively skinny and a huge disappointment.

Hong Kong for five days

The last time I was in HK, I went looking for Under the Bridge. I found 3 or 4 restaurants right next to each other and literally under the bridge, all sporting the same "Under the Bridge" moniker. I couldn't figure out which is the authentic one or are they all authentic?

anything in Cebu Philippines

I second the motion for trying whole roast pig while in Cebu. Zubuchon is THE lechon guy in Cebu.

Need recs for one day visit to LA of unique cheap ethnic eats

You may like Boiling Crab (various branches). Really great value, kick ass cajun style seafood and eating can be quite messy (piles of shrimp shells.) A very young vibe. Need to be there by 5:30 or later after 9:00 PM unless you are willing to wait 2 hours for a table.

Jun 06, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Best noodle soups in San Gabriel Valley?

It used to be on Valley Rd. and it had an incredible take out braised duck too. Then it disappeared. I was so happy to find it again after years had passed. Braised duck is no longer on the menu but their spicy beef noodle is, so I make the pilgrimage from the westside to bf Temple City to get my fix. Their side dishes are mediocre but. I willingly shell out the extra shekels and put up with plastic spoons for their beef noodle soup because it seems they must use a ton of bones to make their soup and there are enough pieces of beef shank for to slurp down their huge bowl of noodles. I used to think AJ out in Irvine had the best beef noodle soup but AJ's branch in Temple City was a huge disappointment. The one in Irvine remains quite good.

Jun 06, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

Nongla - Delicious Westside Vietnamese - Hurray!

Sure a better name than PHOOEY :-)

Jun 06, 2012
poggibonzzi in Los Angeles Area

China Recommendations - Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou

IMHO the best restaurant in Guangzhou for Cantonese is Bing Sheng. It is a huge sprawling restaurant that seems always packed with locals. You can't go wrong picking a few things from it's well illustrated 60 odd page menu whether your taste is tame or adventurous. There are two or three branches in Guangzhou. I can also recommend Dong Kang Seafood, which is more touristy-- Fish tanks galore, a huge BBQ counter, outdoor seating option. Several places mentioned by foodie websites turned up to have gone out of business including one supposedly serving the best roast goose in Guangzhou. So be sure to have your concierge call ahead if you are going to places other than Bing Sheng.

Manila Chinese Food

Yes in the Philippines, Chinese means Fukienese, more specifically Amoy (Xiamen) part of Hokkien. Transliteration from Amoy Chinese as you have pointed out and not Mandarin or Cantonese is the way to understand the Chinese roots of many Filipino words :-) Of course it is possible to argue Amoy Chinese is not a Chinese dialect at all but a separate language altogether overlayered with Mandarin Chinese.

Manila Chinese Food

Ma Mon Luk, New Manosa and Savory are the only ones that ring a bell for me. None of my Filipino Chinese friends ever recommend Ma Mon Luk, ostensibly because its quality has greatly declined over the years. They don't recommend New Manosa either, mostly because it's a filthy place not because its food is not delicious. Savory is famous for its juicy roast chicken. In my youth in Manila, it was the best chicken available. I don't know if it retained its greatness over the years. I should try it the next time I'm in Manila :-)

Manila Chinese Food

Ahhh misua brings back such memories. My mom cooks misua with fresh shrimp, shallots and raw carabao's milk. I haven't seen it offered in restaurants anywhere and I mean anywhere. As for Maki, I've asked many people for a recipe. I'm told fish paste added to tenderized meat, sweet potato starch to thicken the soup. I have yet to make it successfully.

Manila Chinese Food

Lumpia sariwa, a Filipino dish is quite different in taste from Hokkien Lumpia although they both use the same wrapper. The former would not have sugar peas and often is dominated by the taste of palm heart. To be sure, Lumpia sariwa simply means fresh lumpia and refers to lumpia that is not fried and the fillings can be a mix of veggies or just palm heart :-)