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Best Cumin Lamb?

echoparkdirt Jan 17, 2007 09:03 PM

I'm obssessed with cumin lamb right now. I've had the one at Chinese Islamic and at Hunan Restaurant on Valley. Chinese Islamic is better, I think. Any other suggestions? And...does anyone know a recipe?

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    oro3030 Jan 17, 2007 09:31 PM

    The best one was atthe now defunct Tung Lai Shen. Apparently, the former owners moved to Orange County and operate a restaurant there called Ma's Islamic.
    I haven't been and don't know if they still serve real Islamic Chinese food.

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    1. re: oro3030
      maxzook Jul 6, 2009 11:59 AM

      It's in Anaheim.

      Ma's Islamic
      601 E Orangethorpe Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

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      jenn Jan 18, 2007 01:00 AM

      the now defunct Homestyle on Valley next to Mei Long Village also had very good cumin lamb. And they did the little cumin lamb skewers too.

      sigh. I really miss Homestyle.

      Try a northern style Chinese cook book for a recipe.

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        teaforbed Jan 18, 2007 04:24 AM

        There is a small place next to Yes Cafe in the Hilton Plaza on Valley that serves the cumin lamb skewers. My family also gets cumin lamb from the restaurant called Shenyang in the HK Supermarket complex on San Gabriel Blvd. in San Gabriel. Both are very tasty, with the one in Hilton as my favorite of the two.

        1. moto Jan 18, 2007 07:37 AM

          hello, we had a delicious version at Lu Din Gee, but haven't tried any of the numerous other places in the SGV. The meat was exceptionally tender and succulent.

          1. echoparkdirt Jul 6, 2009 01:24 AM

            I went to the K-town place that everyone is talking about for the lamb skewers, but i want the cumin lamb dish...you know...on a plate...any new thoughts?

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            1. re: echoparkdirt
              taiwanesesmalleats Jul 6, 2009 09:48 AM

              I had this dish at Hong Yei in San Gabriel. I'm not sure how it compares to whatever standard you have, but I enjoyed it.

              Hong Yei Restaurant
              288 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

              1. re: echoparkdirt
                Mr Taster Jul 6, 2009 12:33 PM

                That would be my discovery... Feng Mao Mutton Kebab :)


                But you've got me curious.... cumin+lamb immediately means lamb sticks to me and many others. Can you describe this dish? Do you know the Chinese name for it?

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  taiwanesesmalleats Jul 6, 2009 12:38 PM

                  The dish I had at Hong Yei was lamb stir-fried and flavored with whole and cracked cumin seeds. Very smoky and earthy. Delicious with a bowl of white rice. The meat is sliced fairly thin (no idea what part of the animal it's from). The Chinese name that I read literally said cumin lamb.

                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats
                    echoparkdirt Jul 6, 2009 09:13 PM

                    yes, a fine description. mmmmm....it's perfect.

                  2. re: Mr Taster
                    ns1 Mar 17, 2010 01:19 PM

                    mutton kebabs are AWESOME.

                    Go home immediately after to brush teeth though

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                      a_and_w Mar 17, 2010 03:17 PM

                      Cumin lamb like what taiwanesesmalleats describes is often on the menu at Sichuan places, though it's not originally a Sichuan dish, if I remember correctly. It's one of my favorite dishes, and I'm very curious to try the kebab version!

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                        bulavinaka Mar 18, 2010 04:51 AM

                        JTYH in Rosemead has the same dish that taiwanesesmalleats describes. Very tasty with all the spices including the cumin seeds, but the small pool of oil my be off-putting to some.

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                    heeeee Mar 17, 2010 11:39 AM

                    Spicy Element has good cumin lamb. It's at Westmoor Plaza (Westmoor at Skyline Blvd.) Had it with the soybeans-and-tofu-noodles and thousand layer cakes, with my kid.

                    1. JAB Mar 17, 2010 01:04 PM

                      I just had this at 101 along with a beef roll and dumplings today for lunch.

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                        SauceSupreme Mar 17, 2010 01:05 PM

                        That's a good sounding lunch.

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                          JAB Mar 17, 2010 01:10 PM

                          No complaint's here! ;>)

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                            ipsedixit Mar 18, 2010 06:59 AM

                            I really dig this dish at Northern Restaurant, followed closely by China Islamic.

                            China Islamic Restaurant
                            7727 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

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                        hpsquared Jun 8, 2010 02:39 PM

                        i was just looking at China Islamic's menu. Does anyone know which dish the Cumin Lamb is? There is no item in English saying Cumin lamb.

                        China Islamic Restaurant
                        7727 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

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                        1. re: hpsquared
                          hpsquared Jun 8, 2010 02:42 PM

                          oh, also, are the hand cut noodles in all of their noodle/lamb dishes? there are at least two lamb noodle soups. One says Homemade?

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                            hpsquared Jun 8, 2010 03:28 PM

                            ok, been comparing the characters in carl chu's first book to the ones on the China Islamic menu. still not sure.

                            China Islamic Restaurant
                            7727 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

                            1. re: hpsquared
                              bulavinaka Jun 8, 2010 04:42 PM

                              My wife read over the menu as well (she's fluent written/spoken) and she got no clue either.

                            2. re: hpsquared
                              ipsedixit Jun 8, 2010 04:51 PM

                              It's the curry lamb.

                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                maxzook Jun 8, 2010 04:59 PM

                                Yes, #117 on page 5:


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                                  hpsquared Jun 9, 2010 10:47 AM

                                  and thank you, too, ipsedixit.

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                                hpsquared Jun 9, 2010 10:46 AM

                                thank you, all. particularly maxzook. :) as it turned out, they were open only for takeout last night. a brother was getting married and they were holding the party there later. we ended up at J & J.

                                J & J Cafe
                                509 N State St, Hemet, CA 92543

                                1. mucho gordo Jun 9, 2010 11:18 AM

                                  I haven't seen cumin lamb on any menu but, you can't go wrong with the basil lamb (made with lots of roasted garlic cloves) served at the Kung Pao China Bistro in Studio City.

                                  Kung Pao Bistro
                                  11402 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                  1. echoparkdirt Dec 27, 2010 11:46 AM

                                    I just went to Xiang Wei Lou for the cumin lamb, and found it just OK. There are better out. there.
                                    Ive also just realized that the Lamb with Zi Ran Pepper at Chung King is actually a cumin lamb dish, ad it is wonderful.

                                    Chung King Restaurant
                                    1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                                    Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
                                    227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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