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1950's Old Style Chinese Steamed Pork (Hom Yu)

homyufan,
"I think that the ingredient that gives it that unique flavor is a chinese wet bean curd called Fu Yu or Fun Yu. Until a few years ago there was one specific brand my mother used, but it can't be found anymore"

Was it the Quon or Quong Hop fuun-yu brand?
I have not seen this in years. Major bummer. I miss it too.

Oh the days of yore.

Jan 30, 2009
Pakkai in Home Cooking

Far Western Tavern in Guadalupe, Any Thoughts?

Just back from the Far Western and it is still a great place. It ain't cheap but it you get your money's worth. My wife and I split a ribeye dinner and it was plenty for the two of us. Really. The Mexican restaurant across the street which I misnamed is Siete Luminarias. Great tasting food at a really low prices. This resto would do well in ELA.

May 02, 2008
Pakkai in California

Where to find Korean spicy chicken and rice cakes ala Kyochon?

Minor disappointment.
I went to the newly opened Kyochon in Rowland Heights and ordered the 4 piece spicy chicken wings, a side of rice and a side of pickled radishes. It was good in the sense like spicy buffalo wings, but their were no grill marks on them as the pictures shows. I asked the gal behind the counter why didn't I get this chicken (pointing to the picture of the grilled wings) and she said, "only on 16 piece order". Huh? As it turns out that the pictures on their menu do show the 16 wings as the only grilled wings. C'mon how hard is it to throw 4 wings on to their grill. I politely asked them if they could do that and they politely smiled at me and said no. Whatever.
I went outside with my meal and finished it all, but I guarantee that the wings would have tasted so much better if they grilled them. By the way, the steamed rice came in a styrofoam container and the top layer of the rice was somewhat hard. Not hard-hard but still hard. I still ate it but it made me think that they pre-pack their rice and then nuke it. The daikon pickles were plentiful and pretty good. Oh yes, free soft serve ice cream : )

Just remember if you go the twice fried chicken with grill marks are only for the 16 pieces. Before I left I mentioned oh so politely that they should offer, as an option, the grilled chicken on all orders and to pass that on to their manager who was not there.

May 02, 2008
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Top Ribs in FLA

Shurshot, you sound like a Q expert, I am not.
However, those were the best boiled short ribs in a greasy gravy that I've ever-ever eaten!
Ummm I don't know the last time you were there but in their parking lot is a big, old, smoking, black oil drum with a smoke stack chugging along. The beef ribs were delishious and the pork ribs were soft, falling off the bone sweetness. You may be correct about the pork ribs as they did come from a tray dripping with gravy. Gosh Damn they were good. I love southern soul food and this was my third experience with this cuisine. If this is hardly Q, please show me the light. I am a Q rookie. Alas I live on the other coast but I will be back to Florida soon. I hope.

Apr 14, 2008
Pakkai in Florida

Cacahuate Japones Variations?

These are the best I've had of the cacahuates japones variety. The texture was fresh and light and crunchy. Not hard.
They're Japanese crackers that have the name
"Kongo Mamefubuki" written under some Japanese writing (3 blue characters). I purchased these at Nijiya Japanese market which is a chain market. I assume they probably sell these at other Japanese markets. They are 60% cacahuates and the rest a variety of crackers. Please try them and tell me what you think. I hope it is a good recommendation.

Feb 21, 2008
Pakkai in General Topics

What to eat with cottage cheese?

Dipping Chile Cheese Fritos with cottage cheese or sour cream. Oh My God!
Their goes the diet.

Nov 30, 2007
Pakkai in General Topics

REVIEW w/ pics: Mexican Outdoor Food Stands in Boyle Heights

wow!
I am so there.
Only in the hood : )

Sep 18, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Top Ribs in FLA

West Coast visitor here. I had great time visiting Orlando, and the Tampa area this past summer. If I may plug a great BBQ restaurant in St. Petersburg called Atwater's Cafeteria. My buddy and I were in town attending a Tampa Bay Devil Ray game (Great facility). However, before the game we just did the tourist thing and drove around site seeing and looking for a place to eat. Lo and behold in a corner parking lot was a big ol' BBQ smoker belching and bellowing and calling our name. Thank God we stopped. Smoky, tasty, fall off the bone ribs. We tried the pork and beef ribs with Mac&Cheese, Collard greens, Yellow rice, and white rice. Oh yeah, two pieces of fried chicken. Washed it all down with some suds.

Sep 10, 2007
Pakkai in Florida

Tip Top Meats

I've never had dry aged beef. Next time I am at TipTops I'll try the dry aged steak regardless of the price.
You may be right. Taste test here we come.

Sep 10, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Tip Top Meats

Wow, thanks excellent tip.
Thanks

Sep 09, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Tip Top Meats

SeanT,
I should have stated that the Porterhouses were labeled prime cuts and the Ribeyes were choice cuts.
The difference in taste and texture was minimal.
Both were excellent -- but 20 dollars a pound versus 6 dollars a pound?
Hellllllooooo COSTCO. I suggest you throw a bbq and conduct a taste test amongst friends and family. It's a can't miss test because there is no down side. Lot's of good steaks. Enjoy

Sep 09, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

Hey San Jose Hound,
I can handle a little ribbing. Please finish the story be it fiction or not.
Remember English101 there is a beginning, middle, and END!
By the way, are you an ex-carney?

Sep 07, 2007
Pakkai in Not About Food

El Tepeyac in Monterey Park

I hope Manuel is doing fine and I hope he still owns this great GREAT brotherhood restaurant. I grew up 2 blocks from there and I still frequent it throughout the year. The taquitos rule and I'll have my OKIE with cheese please. WOW!
Also, I love Ciro's too.

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Tip Top Meats

They were equally tasty and I'm a ribeye guy. The Porterhouse was soft, and well marbled. The ribeyes were soft and cheap.
On the other hand, the Irish whiskey made everything taste oh so good.

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Tip Top Meats

We did purchase two big porter house steaks that were thick cut. Expensive (40 bucks) but worth the money. We took back to the rented beach house and had Costco ribeyes and the Tip Top steaks. Excellent.

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Sad News From Papa Don's - South Pas.

Hey Sarkis,
Deepest regards to the family.
I used to go to Papa Don's back in the 80's and I remember the excellent sandwiches and the beautiful music wafting over the counter.

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Tip Top Meats

My father-in-law and nephew (12) and I had a wonderful breakfast here. My FIL had the sausage and eggs, the sausages were the old fashioned casing like a mini hot dog, excellent. My nephew and I had the bacon and eggs. I had the "Big John" version and it was big; 5 or 6 pieces of smoky, thick bacon. I'm bummed out because I did not know it was all you can eat meat, even though I remember reading the board menu and it did seem to indicate that. I dismissed it as wishful thinking. Next time for sure. Dammit!
The only concern was the cashier, boy oh boy she reminds me of a burned out worker. No smile, no eye contact, no life in her eyes or body language. She was not rude but not kind either. Efficient.

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in San Diego

Are new Tommy's burger locations as good as original?

LET ME HAVE a cheese burger "heavy chili"; chips, and pop. And a handful of yellow chili peppers and one antacid pill : O
The original Tommy's slops on the chili the way I remember it (excuse me I just burped) and the tomatoe slices are always huge. In comparison the Tommy's in Rowland Heights and La Habra do not measure up. Even when I ask for heavy chili they teaspoon it on. What's up with that! The tomatoes are paper thin!
Any oh how -- I take the drive to the original and regret every minute of it : )

Sep 02, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Report On Chop Suey Cafe (old Far East Cafe Location)

DEAR OWNERS:
IT IS NOT TOO LATE.
CLOSE DOWN AND REBUILD YOUR KITCHEN WITH A SIX WOK SET-UP.
FIRE YOUR culinary STAFF AND HIRE THE COOKS/OWNERS FROM THE FORMOSA CAFE IN EAST L.A. AS CONSULTANTS (SHIT, PAY THEM $100,000). Dewey and Betty are the owners of the Formosa Cafe and they are ready to retire. If you have not been to their little cafe then you need to stop by before the joint closes down. SERIOUS! It will bring tears to your eyes as it did to a Nisei man who sat down for some Hom-Yu. He thought he would never taste that taste ever again. True story ask Betty.
I am just another B-Head from the East Side.

Sep 01, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Looking for nice view

Hey rickym13 if it's not too late...
At the Redondo Beach Pier is "Tony's on the pier." Nice oceanview and a the food is quite good, in fact their Crab Louie Salad is the best I've had with lot's of real crab meat and great thousand island dressing. If you order the Mai Tai you get to keep the really cool glass, makes a nice souvenoir. BTW take the staircase to the top level for a great view and if it's cold they have a nice circular fireplace too.

Jun 27, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Some great cheap joints in East L.A.?

Thanks for the tip and I will be checking out Linda's ASAP.
Al & Bea's and a campechana. OOOoooooooooohhhhhh so good!

Jun 14, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Taco Truck Thugs - squashing the little guy by outlawing street food

ML8000/MelanieWong: If John Steinbeck could ...

A letter from John Steinbeck to the Salinas Californian newspaper in response to the suggestion in naming a school after him.

"...So far only my first name has been given to an institution.
Perhaps it is well to inspect honors in the light of reason lest the footprints in the concrete disclose a bunion. Do the proposers of this naming wish to subject my name to the unborn generations of young Salinians? Think of the millions to whom the name Horse Mann is a dirty word.
But the danger of the situation is not only aimed at me. Consider, if you will, the disastrous result if some innocent and talented student should look into my own scholastic record, seeking perhaps for inspiration. Why his whole ambition might crash in flames.
In view of these sober afterthoughts, and being still shaken by the compliment implied, I hope the Board of Trustees will think very carefully before taking this irrevocable step.
If the city of my birth should wish to perpetuate my name clearly but harmlessly, let it name a bowling alley after me or a dog track or even a medium price, low-church brothel
--but a school--!"
In humble appreciation.
John Stenbeck

Peace Pakkai

Jun 13, 2007
Pakkai in Food Media & News

Things that don't necessarily agree with you, but you eat anyway ...?

I love korean kim chee, but the downside is I reek of garlic. I love garlic but I cannot stand the smell of garlic on my person or other people.
My wife always knows when I had my kim chee fix : )

Jun 13, 2007
Pakkai in General Topics

Where can i get a great taco?

Dude/Dudette,
If it ain't all that I'll eat my hat. They have carnitas, carne asada, and way more.
Many things on the menu that were news to me. I refer to my above post.
ENJOY and you will!

Jun 11, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Where can i get a great taco?

Comer_Cactus or Eat_Nopal (BTW I love nopales y huevos).
Me lo siento/My bad. No taco de ranas.
What I should have said is the "Iguana Ranas" with 2 tacos de jalapeno. The Iguana Ranas is the most delicious Consomme/Caldo in the known world. It is a "soup" that is combined with carne de res (melt in your mouth beef), a dollop melted cheese, frijoles de olla, lime, cilantro, and tortillas. $2.95! Oh yeah, 2 tacos de jalapenos on the side. ENJOY!

Jun 11, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Far Western Tavern in Guadalupe, Any Thoughts?

My friends prefer the food and ambience at the Far Western Tavern over the more famous Jockos. FWIW across the street is a family run mexican restaurant called Tres Luz (i think) and it hits the spot when you have that Mexican food craving, especially when you're on vacation.

Jun 11, 2007
Pakkai in California

Wing Hing Deli

I will.
Won Tin is on my agenda, as I'm the official family guinea pig.
I am a fan of the Sam Woo chain and have tried many of them, including the one in Las Vegas. Excellent.
Thanks Again!

Jun 04, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

Wake up Boomers this thread is not dead!
In the East Los Angeles area we also had our Milk and OJ being delivered to the house in glass bottles in the early 60's. The fuller brushman. The Helms truck with the jelly donuts and bestest cream puffs in the world. The japanese fishman in a UPS kinda truck would sell fresh fish/produce and other exotic food items. My fav was "fish sticks".

We called the fridge the "ice box". Getting our first television. PF Flyers and Pro-Keds tennies. Swanson's frozen fried chicken (the best). Hot dogs with real casings from the butcher. Whewwwwwww! I'm gonna take a nap now.

May 30, 2007
Pakkai in Not About Food

Wing Hing Deli

Thank you Sleepyquan!
That was my wifes' favorite FAVORITE chinese restaurant. We wish that family nothing but good health as they were such nice folks. Do you have any restaurant recommendations that have food similar to Wing Hing? We have tried many many restaurants in the SGV and many are very good but not like Wing Hing.

May 30, 2007
Pakkai in Los Angeles Area

Freezing Limes

Here's a family tip that may work for whole limes.
During Strawberry season we freeze whole strawberries in a ice chest using dry ice. Place strawberries on old pie plates. The dry ice freezes things quickly and at a much colder temperature than your typical freezer. Total time more or less is 30 minutes. Than we pop them into the freezer using gallon baggies. To use-- thaw at room temperature and you get "not mushy" but good as new fruit.

May 29, 2007
Pakkai in General Topics