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Looking for good galactobourico ...

ipsedixit Sep 28, 2006 06:32 PM

... any leads?

Had this wonderful dessert while in NYC. Now I'm itching for it here in LA.

I'm sucker for anything with custard, greek or chinese or whatever.

Thanks very much in advance.

  1. David Kahn Sep 28, 2006 06:55 PM

    Have you tried Papa Christos? (http://www.papacristo.com )

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    1. re: David Kahn
      ipsedixit Sep 28, 2006 07:10 PM

      I have.

      Unfortunately, the filo dough there is rather tough and the custard almost jell-o like. Not a good iteration of this dessert IMO.

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      unocal Sep 28, 2006 07:14 PM

      i'm a custard fanatic too, ipse...i'm wondering what and where are some of your favorite desserts w/ this wonderful ingredient? inquiring minds wanna know!

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      1. re: unocal
        ipsedixit Sep 28, 2006 07:42 PM

        I love chinese custard tarts. Best place to get them that I've found is at PHOENIX BAKERY (220 East Valley Blvd., Alhambra, 626-299-1918). If during dim sum, EMPRESS PAVILION in Chinatown makes surprisingly good ones, as does TRIUMPHAL PALACE in Alhambra.

        Also JJ BAKERY (http://www.jjbakeryusa.com/ ) makes a really good tarot root bread filled with egg white custard.

        1. re: unocal
          Noclue Sep 29, 2006 10:37 PM

          I had the key lime pie at The Palms, Downtown a few weeks ago and it was very good. Custard was silky and the key lime was very pronounced.

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          young_chower Sep 28, 2006 07:35 PM

          i've eaten my grandmother's galactobourico a million times and therefore know what the good stuff is. Is anything in LA that good? No (but then again most in Greece aren't that good!), but there are some passible options:

          You might find galactobourico difficult if not impossible to find, but there is something called bougatsa which is quite similar, but a little different.

          My father has a bougasta at Aliki's Greek Taverna in Inglewood. Here's a link:


          He said it's one of the better ones hes had in the US, so I would check it out.

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          1. re: young_chower
            ipsedixit Sep 28, 2006 10:42 PM

            Thanks for the heads up, but aren't the two slightly different?

            Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't galactabourico typically served with syrup while bougasta is not.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              young_chower Sep 29, 2006 04:27 AM

              That is correct. They both have the custurd-like goodness that you are looking for,

            2. re: young_chower
              George Sep 29, 2006 05:04 PM

              Aliki has a stand at some local farmer's markets, very gregarious one at my local in WeHo/Plummer's Park. Maybe you can get them to bring you dessert.

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              unocal Sep 28, 2006 10:36 PM

              chinese custard tarts rule! i live right by c-town, so i'm slowly doing a bakery spree

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                Ernie Sep 28, 2006 11:13 PM

                This weekend's Pasadena Greek Festival would be good place to check for galatoboureko


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                  Jerome Sep 29, 2006 10:13 PM

                  Call Joseph's on Ivar in Hollywood. They might have it.

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