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Jan 17, 2007 09:03 PM

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 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.'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.