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Please help! I'm looking for egg foo young in salty (not sweet!) gravy in the LA area, can anyone suggest a Chinese restaurant?

Back home in Chicago, I went to a place that made great egg foo young (by my standards).

The patties came in a thick, salty brown gravy.

The only egg foo young I have found in LA has come in a sweet brown sauce.

I know my version is not really a Californian's idea of a great meal, but I miss it! Can anyone help?

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  1. Give this place a try. I love the food here. Not an egg foo fan but, they may have what you're looking for.

    GO CHINA
    (626) 793-3888
    136 N Lake Ave
    Lake and Union
    Park in the Ralphs center.
    :) KQ

    1. I live near Chinatown, but I have yet to find anything like what I am looking for there.

      I did a board search already but all the restaurants people had suggested are closed or in places I have never heard of. :(

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      1. re: sugarcanejane

        Unfortunately you may be out of luck. Chicago is several steps behind Los Angeles as far as Chinese food sophistication goes, and egg foo young is near the bottom of the sophistication scale. For example to this day there are a good number of Chinese restaurants in Chicago with "chop suey" in their name, while the only restaurant in Los Angeles with "chop suey" in the restaurant name is the newly opened, deliberately retro Chop Suey Cafe in Little Tokyo, and they do not have egg foo young on their menu. I'm not sure if you'll find egg foo young anywhere in Chinatown, since all the Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles Chinatown are at least to some degree authentic. If there is any place near your location that has what you're looking for it would be have to be a non-fast food Chinese restaurant in South Central or East Los Angeles--and there aren't too many of those left these days.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Someone in the Canoga Park thread mentioned the "to-die-for" egg foo young at a place in Mission Hills, but didn't specify where it was -- you may want to do some research.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            The seafood restaurant I was referring to is IONG Kee Seafood, 15423 Chatsworth in Mission Hills. (Its just west of the 405). The egg foo yung is outstandin IMO with a nice salty brown gravy (as I remember it from two visits).
            The Farmers Market dish was also a staple for my lunch several times a week when I was pregnant with ChowPup (I ran out of friends to go to lunch with because that's the only place I wanted to go to eat that EFY.)

            1. re: ZoeZ

              I tried this one and it was very good but not the type of egg foo young I was looking for. It came in a sauce with vegtables and and some egg foo young, but I wanted something less complex. Still very good though, thank you for the tip!

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              The place you are talking about is right around the corner from me, Just west of Sepulveda on Chatsworth, the name escapes me and I haven't tried the efy but even the fried rice there was dismal...

              1. re: wizardx

                Actually Iong Kee is one of the very few Chinese restaurants in the Valley capable of producing authentic Hong Kong style fare.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Talk about taking one for the team......The possibility of discovering another treasure so close to my house had me excited to check out Iong Kee (one more time) right here in Mission Hills, especially the promise of some really good Egg Foo Young. Well I am sad to say from the BBQ spareribs (very tough) to the shell on shrimp with special salt (are you sure that was shrimp?) and even the EFY was absent of flavor, well that's a lie, it did have some bad sour taste to it. I was so disappointed I really wanted to like this place... I also tried the classic Chinese West Lake Beef soup and the only reason that it was even tolerable was, it had lots of ginger and I love ginger.

                  I have to get out to Mei Long Village soon to wipe away the memory of this very forgettable meal.

            3. re: Chandavkl

              I wish I could help you. I think there's a place - china chef wang on Lankershim in North Hollywood that might have what you want
              芙蓉 (mand furong, cant. fu-yong) is chinese for hibiscus. Hibiscus flower egg, or in mand. furong jidan or egg fu yong when it's done properly is a great light dish, but probably not what you're looking for. It's often used before say crab meat, as say hibiscus crab, but it will be be bits of crab mixed into a light meringue with some minced vegetables and then sauteed into a light light pancake-like thing. You can copy the two characters and print them out and take them to any good hong-kong style seafood place, as authentic as NBC or MPV seafood and ask them if they can make a furong dish for you. And they probably can - but it probably won't be what you remember. But you might like it.

              I also think the china kitchen in the Farmers market (3rd and Fairfax) sells Egg fuyong. There are two places there and one may very likely have it.

              If you find it, please post back, someone else might like to try it. Velvet chicken is actually a furong dish, and it's delicious.

              1. re: Jerome

                Sadly, China Chef Wang is no more.

                1. re: maxzook

                  When did that happen? I used to love their soft shell crab

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    I'd say they closed at least five years ago. (The post you replied to is almost three years old.)

          2. There is a place in Grand Central Market that you might try - China Cafe. It's an old "chop suey" counter with waitresses serving diner style Chinese food - chow mein, won ton soup, fried rice, egg foo young... and beer. Not sure about the gravy issue....

            China Cafe @ GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
            317 S. Broadway
            Los Angeles, CA 90013
            (213) 628-8481
            http://grandcentralsquare.com/

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            1. re: weebie

              Thank you. It looks like they are open until 6 every day, so I will try to go this coming weekend.

              1. re: sugarcanejane

                Report from the China Cafe:

                The egg foo young was exactly the type of comfort food I was looking for. The patties were thin and crispy, the gravy was thick and savory. They added the chicken and green onions last on top of everything before boxing it up, which I had never seen before. The waitress had a bit of attitude, but I really enjoyed the food!

                I look forward to trying the place in Mission Hills next!

                1. re: sugarcanejane

                  Good to hear you enjoyed China Cafe. Will have to try out that egg foo young soon... I'll give the waitress your regards!

              2. re: weebie

                I guess the poster and I have different tastes. I grew up in Chicago and frequented Hi Howie in Edgebrook as a kid. It's the kind of place that would have "Chop Suey" on a neon sign outside although Hi Howie didn't. Parents used to get EFY all the time. I hadn't thought about it until I was back in the Chicago area last month and I visited a friend in Glenview who ordered Chinese takeout EFY from the local place. I didn't pick it up so I don't know if the restaurant had a neon sign saying "Chop Suey" or not, but it did in spirit.

                It was exactly how I remembered it. A tender hamburger-sized patty with smooth brown gravy. True comfort food in the Americanized "Chop Suey" way. I know you aren't going to find this in the San Gabriel Valley anywhere, but that's not the point. It's like saying that thick crust pizza is bad because they don't have it in Italy, or a Chiago dog is inferior because there's no wurst like that in Germany. Chop Suey, EFY, hot dogs, etc. are American comfort foods.

                I've had a craving for EFY ever since last month. I went up to GCM shortly thereafter and went to China Cafe and was so excited to see EFY on the menu so I ordered the chicken version. Yuck. No resemblence the the EFY I'm accustomed to at all. It was greasy and chewy, not tender. The gravy was thick, pale, and tasteless not the deep brown silky gravy of classic EFY. It's too bad because I really wanted to like it. I love their sign though, a true neon masterpiece.

                I still have a hankering for EFY but there's a snowballs chance in hell I'll have it anytime soon seeing as I live in SOC and don't have any time in the foreseeable future to hunt it down.

              3. I'm going to preface this post with the following disclaimer, "I haven't been to this place in awhile....but". The Egg foo young at Canton Chinese in Simi is the best I've ever, EVER had. Used to prepare a wonderful pancake in a dark, rich, savory gravy which was mushroom based. Just absolutely delicious.

                Canton Chinese Restaurant
                3885 Cochran St Ste B
                Simi Valley, CA 93063-2367
                (805) 581-1231

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                1. re: davinagr

                  My coworker lives about a mile from there. I mentioned it to her and she was very excited. She is from Maryland and also misses the chop suey and egg foo young she got back home. We are going to try to go together this week!

                  1. re: sugarcanejane

                    Cool Jane...report back and let me know how it is, it might be a stop for me when I go visit my parents next time, they're just around the corner. FWIW they also used to have a killer lunch buffet deal that they served the egg foo young on as well. You might call ahead and see if they still do it, everything was really tasty and fresh.

                  2. re: davinagr

                    There is another Canton Chinese Restaurant at Canton at 665 East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Did it move or maybe are both places owned by the same people?

                  3. This is probably no help, but at the ABC Chinese fast food joint in the northwest corner of Lassen and De Soto in Chatsworth has tasty egg fu yung. It's sorta half-cooked when you get there and they fry it up when you order it and the sauce was more salty than sweet. It sort of reminds me of okonomiyaki.
                    This place is not fancy; it's a dump for local workers on their lunch break getting a quick two enrees, rice and noodles combo. The (Chinese) employees speak only enough English to take your order and give change. Despite the ambience, the food can be quite good. If you order from menu, the food can be excellent. They make a spicy tofu with veggies that is delightful to me.

                    Actually, never mind, it's kind of a place only a local could love. The chow can be great, but the typical chowhounder would never get out of his/her car in this mini-strip mall. That's my problem; I love the chow at places that look like hell and have minimal service, like the Rosie's BBQ on Topanga Canyon; great food but no ambience or service.

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                    1. re: Otius Gojius

                      Don't be so quick to dismiss Chowhounds as needing fancy ambiance and French-style service... there are a LOT of dump divers around here.

                      Myself included. And I *would* totally drive to Chatsworth just to eat at a Chinese dump.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Some dumps have the best food; a true Hound is a dump diver for sure.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          You're not alone. Some of the best food comes from a hole-in-the-wall joint. To me, Mom's bbq is a prime example

                        2. re: Otius Gojius

                          I wonder if you've been to most of the places recommended on this board. stripmalls are bread and butter to this site.

                          this isn't particularly a "foodie" board (doesn't that word make you cringe). It's not about French Laundry - well, not JUST about French Laundry.

                          1. re: Otius Gojius

                            I should revise or retract my qualified recommendation of ABC Fast Chinese food in Chatsworth, You probably would not like it. The egg foo young is really more like a vegetable flavored hush puppy. Not bad, just not real egg foo young. I used to work near there and it wass a great quick lunch, I still like the "sichuan" tofu and vegetables. Today I had the EFY w/ rice & noodles and while not bad to me, it really was two pounds of starch. Your mileage may vary. I can no longer recommend it.