Xinjiang Food in LA
I just moved to LA from Beijing, and I am trying to find a restaurant serving Xinjiang food. Xinjiang Province is an autonomous region that is mostly populated by Uighur people, who are muslim. I've been to Tung Lai Shun in the San Gabriel Mall, and they feature good yang rou chuan'r (lamb kabobs) and other muslim fare. However, their menu is missing my favorite dish da pan ji (literally, "big plate of chicken"). Anyone know where I can find this dish.
Try China Islamic. If it's not on the menu, the chef can probably accommodate your request.
China Islamic Restaurant, 7727 E. Garvey Ave., Rosemead, (626) 288-4246, open daily except Wed until 9:30 pm.
I found this place last year, Surprise Chinese Restaurant in Temple City, which seemed to have Xinjiang items on the menu. Last time I drove by it was still there.
Also, the Deerfield Garden branch in Industry at 167 S. Hacienda Bl., (but it's really on Valley Bl. in the shopping center on the NE corner of Valley and Hacienda) also lists Xinjiang items, too.
xinjiang food is my most coveted chinese food, and its the first thing i eat stepping off the plane in china. awesome yang rou chaur can be found in flushing new york, street style.
i have not found anything great in LA yet. but will do so the moment i do. the moment a uyghur restaurant opens up in LA, they will clean house.
is da pan ji, the huge bowl of noodles with chicken chunks and chilis? they have that dish at malan noodles which is now only in rowland heights, used to be in monterey park too. the day i went and saw the closed sign, i wept.
heres a picture of my uyghur noodles in chengdu china taken by a xinjiang girl with leopard skin pants. so awesome...
For the big breads, try china islamic. for the big chicken with the noodles, check out the version at MaLan - they claim more gansu than xinjiang.
As strange as it may seem, LA isn't the hugest draw in the world for a turkic group that every 50 years or so draws up the banners of True Islam and launches into armed revolt. That being said, you will find some similar dishes at Uzbekistan, at one of the often opening and closing Afghan places. And for the mother of central asia - we have tons of excellent iranian (read persian) places. Javan, Darband, my fave Shahrzad - for polos, chelos etc. Iran is where the former Dzungaria aka chinese turkestsan aka xinjiang looked for cultural leadership for quite a while (yes yes khwarazm and khorasan before the 11th c a bit more so, but they're iran adjacent).
Give them a try. And look forward to hanging around ganjiakou when you get to visit beijing again or even going out to Urumqi or Turpan or Kashgar if you ever get the chance.
dodging flying beer bottle caps, eating awesome lamb skewers and offers of hashish... those were the days
sigh... i've actually been to xinjiang and i still dream about their food. i'm quite the globe-trotter but i must say that uygher food is by far, my favorite. i've tried xinjiang food in bejing but i wasn't impressed. i went to china islamic and was pretty disappointed. the food was good, but it wasn't xinjiang food.
i'm so sad right now. when will i ever go back? sigh.