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Ethnic Breakfasts in Los Angeles

Paliman Jan 4, 2007 09:32 PM

A friend of mine and I have breakfast several times each week. Our new adventure is to try different ethic breakfast. Being Angelenos born and breed, we do not consider Mexican and dim sum to be ethnic, but part of what we have had all of our lives.

Santa Monica to the SGV are perfect. The SFV is a bit far.

That being said, how about some great ideas?

  1. elmomonster Jan 4, 2007 10:07 PM

    Have you tried Filipino Breakfasts? Garlic fried rice, a fried egg and your choice of:

    Longanisa (Filipino Sausage)
    Fried Bangus (Milkfish)
    Tocino (Marinated Pork)

    and others.

    I think someone mentioned Manila Good-Ha offers it.

    I've enjoyed this breakfast (also served all day) at Chowking in Cerritos:

    And my favorite place for Filipino food, Magic Wok, serves it all day!


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    1. re: elmomonster
      Das Ubergeek Jan 4, 2007 11:31 PM

      Definitely. There's a Good-Ha in K-Town (7th?) but the one I always go to is in Panorama City -- it's no further than the SGV on a weekend!

      1. re: elmomonster
        pleasurepalate Jan 5, 2007 03:13 AM

        Has Magic Wok re-opened after that fire last year?

        1. re: pleasurepalate
          elmomonster Jan 5, 2007 12:46 PM

          Yep, it's open! I put a post up a few days ago with links to pictures.


        2. re: elmomonster
          SauceSupreme Jan 5, 2007 04:37 AM

          Funny. I went home to my parents for the holidays and had pretty much exactly that!

        3. raytamsgv Jan 4, 2007 10:12 PM

          Here are a couple of ideas:

          1. Hong Kong-style breakfast: macaroni soup or pork with preserved egg porridge.
          Regent Cafe
          1411 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra

          2. Northern Chinese-style breakfast: Baked Sesame Pancake w/ Beef, dough stick, steamed buns.
          Noodle House
          46 W. Las Tunas Dr., Arcadia

          3. Breakfast pastries at any number of Hong Kong or Taiwanese-style bakeries.

          4. Chiu-chow-style noodles:
          Kim Ky Noodle House
          1108 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel

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          1. re: raytamsgv
            notmartha Jan 4, 2007 10:18 PM

            The best item at the Noodle House is the bao. You also have to get soy milk to go with it (bring your own splenda if you don't do a lot of sugar). A traditional breakfast is steamed sticky rice wrapped around the fried dough stick, either sweetened with sugar or with the pork sung.

            A German style breakfast can be had at Jaegarhaus at Anaheim off Ball Rd.

            1. re: notmartha
              Cinnamon Jan 5, 2007 02:47 PM

              What does a German-style breakfast consist of?

              1. re: Cinnamon
                JBC Jan 5, 2007 06:50 PM

                See for yourself:

                P.S. - This isn't in the OP's requested geographic corridor.

                1. re: JBC
                  notmartha Jan 5, 2007 07:58 PM

                  True - but a german one is pretty different. Maybe there are others closer to the SM to SGV area?

                  I will recommend the Schwaben Omelette, or German Omelette. The pancakes are not like american style pancakes. They seemed to be baked in a pan and more like funnel cake than fluffy pancakes.

                  1. re: JBC
                    HPLsauce Jan 6, 2007 01:26 AM

                    A German breakfast is actually hard bread with butter or cheese (often Quark) and cold cuts--or at least it was in the early 80's when I was in Germany.

                    I have yet to find a German restaurant in town that seves an authentic breakfast (not that I'm looking very hard...).

                    1. re: HPLsauce
                      notmartha Jan 7, 2007 03:20 AM

                      Haven't been to Germany, but that won't surprise me. Most other European countries I went to the breakfast consist of a roll or croissant and coffee/tea.

                      Authentic or not, I like the sauerkraut filled omelette, and I don't know where they base their pancakes on. It's definitely not of the normal IHOP like variety.

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              pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Jan 4, 2007 10:56 PM

              Try Sham on Santa monica and 7th in Santa Monica. They advertise a Lebanese breakfast on weekends.

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              1. re: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo
                Cinnamon Jan 5, 2007 02:48 PM

                Sorry to be repetitive but, what is a Lebanese breakfast, basically... would drive for this. (Also, any such thing as a Persian breakfast in L.A.? And what's that?)

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                WHills Jan 4, 2007 11:00 PM

                Yung Ho Tofu on Valley at either New Ave or just after Walnut Grove for soy bean milk and great fried dough

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                1. re: WHills
                  wilafur Jan 4, 2007 11:31 PM

                  its called yung ho tou jiang =)

                  1. re: wilafur
                    Pei Jan 6, 2007 01:00 AM

                    In that area I would try Yi Mei (in the same plaza as Foo Foo Tei and New Capital) before going to Yung Ho.

                    Last time I went to Yung Ho, the noodle soup dishes were better than the standard breakfast dishes. Ironic, and strange. The sao bing (rectangular pastry filled with pork) was dry, cold, and chewy, and the meat inside was discolored and tough. The whole "sandwich" looked like it had sat out overnight. The savory soy milk was fine but not great. The deep fried cruller (you tiao) at the table next to us looked greasy and hard, and when I looked over at the kitchen area there were over fifty crullers just sitting in the corner, not being kept heated or being made fresh. The accents of the staff made me feel that perhaps they're phasing out the Taiwanese breakfast aspect of their business and bringing in more northern/noodle dishes. That's purely conjecture, but based on this trip I would say Yung Ho is far from the breakfast joint it used to be.

                    Yi Mei is much better, but the best IMO is currently Four Seas in Hacienda Heights.

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                  LycheeNut Jan 5, 2007 06:41 PM

                  I have always wanted to try the Ethiopian breakfast at one of the places on Fairfax between Olympic and Pico (i.e. Little Ethiopia) which have special breakfast meals.

                  Also, Japanese breakfast is fun - I've had it at the New Otani in a dining room overlooking the Japanese garden. It's rather elegant and very tranquil. Typical breakfast is fish and rice and a lot of pickles and other small items.

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                  1. re: LycheeNut
                    Tony Miller Jan 7, 2007 08:32 AM

                    I second the recommendation for Japanese breakfast, but in the US I've only ever found it in Japanese hotels.

                    Kinda like a bento lunch, with soup, vegies, fish and rice. Sometimes a raw egg, which is a strange experience. My favorite detail is sheets of nori, which are used with your chopsticks to pick up a clump of rice, then dipped in soy. Dexterity challenge, but tastes nice.

                    An option is sometimes a porridge-consistency rice, which is a little like eating cream of wheat.

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                    hpcat Jan 6, 2007 01:15 AM

                    Salvadorean breakfast at La Paz in Echo Park. Maybe not too exotic, but served with goat cheese, platanos, and freshly made salvadorean tortillas (thick).

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                      highforpie Jan 6, 2007 05:03 AM

                      Magic Carpet Restaurant on Pico near La Cienaga (West LA) serves a reallly good Yemenite breakfast of melawach and shakshuka. Melawach is kind of like a doughier, greasier, much yummier pancake, but it's really in a category of its own. Shakshuka is a spicy egg dish. I think it opens at 11AM.

                      Here is the info:
                      Magic Carpet
                      8566 W Pico Blvd (Cross Street: S La Cienega Boulevard)
                      Los Angeles, CA 90035-2410View Map
                      (310) 652-8507

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                        lizmarks Jan 6, 2007 05:05 AM

                        Best mexican breakfast in LA is at Gilbert's El Indio on Pico and 32 in Santa Monica. Check it out and you won't be let down. They only accept cash!!!

                        1. cant talk...eating Jan 6, 2007 04:11 PM

                          I went to Kum Da Rae noodle shop in Koreatown for lunch the other day, and had a really good dumpling and rice cake soup (sorry, I don't remember the Korean name for this dish). There was a banner hanging out front that said "breakfast" and the waitress told me they open at 6 am and do indeed serve a typical Korean breakfast.

                          This is a casual and comfortable place (reminds me of the ramen shops along Sawtelle) and the folks here are really friendly and do speak some English, so it might be a good introduction for you guys to try.

                          Kum Da Rae Noodle Restaurant
                          3831 W. 6th St. #2 (at Serrano)
                          (213) 386-6554
                          (metered parking along 6th)

                          1. Pei Jan 7, 2007 06:20 PM

                            This thread reminds me to ask: does anyone know of a good porridge house in LA? A Chinese place that offers a variety of different rice porridges: seafood, pork with thousand year egg, etc.

                            I know Hop Woo, of all places (Olympic/Sepulveda) has about 10 porridge choices on the menu, but I only recently found this out and have yet to try it.

                            A place in Diamond Plaza in Rowland Heights offers plain porridge with the usual breakfast side dishes, but that's not quite the same. Anyone know any names? TIA

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                            1. re: Pei
                              notmartha Jan 8, 2007 02:12 AM

                              You mean for breakfast?

                              Sam Woo BBQ in Rowland Heights (off Gale & Colima) has about 10 different types of porridges, but I don't think they open for breakfast.

                              May check out the Hong Kong style cafes. I think Garden cafe opens for breakfast and they do have porridge on the menu. I've never been though for breakfast.

                              1. re: Pei
                                Das Ubergeek Jan 8, 2007 04:46 PM

                                I asked this after I returned from Hong Kong: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                BBQ Unlimited (both branches, Melrose and Sherman Way) serve it but they don't open until 10 AM. I like the juk with salty egg, preserved egg and pork, though it's not the stringy pork that it should be but slices of pork instead.

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