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Best Cumin Lamb?

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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  1. 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

      It's in Anaheim.

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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. 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. 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

              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

                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

                  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

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

                  2. re: Mr Taster

                    mutton kebabs are AWESOME.

                    Go home immediately after to brush teeth though

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      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!

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        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.

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

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                          1. re: JAB

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

                            China Islamic Restaurant
                            7727 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

                      1. 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

                          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?

                          1. re: hpsquared

                            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

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

                              1. 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. 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. 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