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Jan 4, 2007 09:32 PM

Ethnic Breakfasts in Los Angeles

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?

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  1. 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

      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

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

        1. re: pleasurepalate

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

        2. re: elmomonster

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

        3. 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

            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

              What does a German-style breakfast consist of?

              1. re: Cinnamon

                See for yourself:

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

                1. re: JBC

                  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

                    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

                      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.

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

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              1. re: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo

                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?)

              2. 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

                  its called yung ho tou jiang =)

                  1. re: wilafur

                    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.

                2. 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

                    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.