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Shakas, Bacon Fried Rice & Real Shave Ice. Comfort to da Max.

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First, thanks to the perseverance of ipse dixit posting at least twice over the years in search of real shave ice, and responses from nirque, npron, and foodiebnp1, over the last year, which lead me to going to Shakas three times in the last two weeks fo dat shave ice. But wen I go I keep look'n at da menu, and...

Today I finally go down Alhambra town to try dat Bacon Fried Rice. I wen fo da breakfest. I first notice dat dis place, it must be on island time. Breakfast start at 11:00 am. So Hang Loose Bhah. Dat Bacon Fried Rice is so good and it is served all day / night. Maybe better den my favorite place at da Gazabo on Maui. Pan Fried rice wit lots of bacon, Portuguese sausage, green onion, kamaboko and egg – Moist and Yum Yum!. Da whole pan of dat rice is served upside-down on your plate and it make it look good wit dat green onion on top. No need to add anything. Dat taste, it make me close my eyes and grinz. The combined flavors of Bacon, Portuguese sausage, Onion, Fried rice with Soy sauce make dat island feeling of “What we do’n next, huh? Drive to da North Shore fo some shave ice or wat? come to mind. But when I opened my eyes, crap, I was still in Alhambra. Good news is a real shave ice machine jus like da ones on da islands sits right on dat counter wit all da flavors. I got da small one. Real shave ice – not a Mainland sho-cone.

Shaka Brah.

Shakas
101 W. Main St. #C (Enter from First Street behind Starbucks Coffee)
Alhambra, CA
(626) 293-5520

Shakas
2300 Garfield Ave.
Monterey Park CA
(323) 888-2695

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  1. Nice! What flavor shave ice did you get? Do they have li hing mui or adzuki beans?

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I had a Mango, Pineapple & coconut flovor shave ice over ice cream. They have no adzuki beans - I asked. I did not notice li hing mui on the flavor list but I was only looking for my flavors. The small is $2.75 and it is pretty big. The large is $3,25. The first time I went I got a cherry, Pineapple & coconut and the cherry was very sweet. Little Jeet got watermelon and lime with ice cream on the side. My wife got orange and Pineapple with condensed milk. She liked it but said she will pass on the condensed milk next time because it was sweet. It did look pretty on top.

      1. re: JeetJet

        That's strange. They've always had azuki beans whenever I have gone, and I've gone a lot along with the condensed milk. I'm pretty sure they have li hing mui syrup.

        Just stay away from the chili rice. All rice and hardly any chili (and it tastes like it from a can).

        The 442 combo is great when you're really hungry. The kalbi ribs are also very good.

        Ono Grindz!

        1. re: Vegasbuff

          HO, I asked bout azuki beans and den she said, "No." I thought they never hav um. I guess they was jus sold out dat time. What meats do you get with that 442 combo? Also, I tink i try day Loco Moco next time. Wat you tink? Dat good or wat? Latez Bhah

          1. re: JeetJet

            442 Combo - Two of the Following: Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, Chicken Curry, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Sesame Chicken Wings, Honu Pepper Chicken, Char Siu, or Kal Bi, along with the rice and mac salad.

            I haven't the Loco Moco there, but I'm sure its good. Everything I've had is good with the exception the chili rice. The Lau Lau is just okay, but it's hard to find good Lau Lau these days for some reason. Their Kalua Pork is very tender, juicy and smoky with not too much fat. Their mochiko chicken is also very good, just a hint of sweetness with a nice crunchy outside.

          2. re: Vegasbuff

            i do like shakas but i love the ono grill! that is the place for food. as for the shave ice, shakas! good thing they are about 5 blocks apart.

            1. re: foodiebpn1

              man...i do love span katsu musubi at ono grill

              1. re: foodiebpn1

                OK, I went to Ono yesterday and ordered the bacon fried rice. I ate it but was still hungry. I also wanted to compare it to Shakas while I still had the taste of Ono in my mouth -- ya, that's it, that's the ticket. So I drove to Shakas in Monterey Park and learn that they do not offer BFR -- only at the Alhambra location. So I drove to Alhambra --- 10 min. over the hill via Garfield. I ordered the bfr and took a seat. Once I took two mouth fulls it seem to me that Shakas is better, more moist, more food, better flavors (I ate 1/3 and took the rest home). Now, I liked Ono's bfr also, but I would rather have Shakas.

                I liked Ono's island like charm also. I also noticed a number of items I might try some time. The curry plates sounded good. I have a friend who works nearby and we meet for lunch. He likes all things shrimp and I noticed several shrimp plates on the Ono menu.. May I ask what plate you like best at Ono and whether you have ever had the shrimp. My Thanks, Jeet?

                Shakas
                101 W. Main St. #C (Enter from First Street behind Starbucks Coffee)
                Alhambra, CA
                (626) 293-5520

                Shakas
                2300 Garfield Ave.
                Monterey Park CA
                (323) 888-2695

                Ono Grill
                1975 Potrero Grande Dr Ste A
                Monterey Park, CA
                91755-7429
                (626) 573-3803

        2. How funny, I just cooked up some fried rice with portuguese sausage that I am munchin' on as I am reading this. ;P

          What I'm really craving is some loco moco fried rice, like the ones they have at Denny's on Maui. Mmmm....

          1. Oh, man, you've got me craving shave ice BIG TIME. I wish I lived closer to Alhambra. Every time I go home to visit my family on the Big Island, I have one shave ice a day. Mmmm....I will try this place next time I'm on my way to visit my in-laws in West Covina. Thanks!

            1. FYI The Garfield location does not serve the fried rice, I was bummed.

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              1. re: Burger Boy

                Sorry Burger Boy. I noticed you mentioned your trip on the Steak post. I wrote back with an update about Garfield but ... too late. Near that garfield location is Ono Grill. The BFR is pretty good. Smaller and the bacon is not cooked enough for me but still good. Hpoe you still tryt Alhambra and nevertheless I owe you. Jeet?

                Ono Grill
                1975 Potrero Grande Dr Ste A
                Monterey Park, CA
                91755-7429
                (626) 573-3803

                Steak
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40342...

                1. re: JeetJet

                  I also tried to order the BFR yesterday at the Monterey Park location. Shakas must wonder what is going on with all these orders. I got the kalua pork which was very good, the Honu pepper chicken and the Chinese chicken salad. Everything was good but especially liked the macaroni salad. Wonder how they make it. The clincher was the shaved ice. I ordered the cherry/cocnut with condensed milk. It was sooooo good. I'm glad I live within 5 mins of this place. Thanx for the heads up JeetJet. I still plan on going to Alh location for that rice.

              2. got the bacon fried rice last night. yum yum! the portion is huge!
                also got the cherry/coconut/condensed milk like someone suggested...yummmmmy!

                1. Well sorry JeetJet.. your recommendation a while ago about Los Toros Meat Market for chips/salsa y guacamole (while still known as Like Go Eat) was great, but the bacon fried rice at Shakas was disappointing. It was a huge portion but I didn't like the texture/consistency of the rice (I would rather have separate, distinct grains, not short-grain style sticky rice) and thought the kamaboko was kind of weird. I have to say that they do put in a lot of bacon, though! It's just not my style of fried rice. There's nothing wrong with it but I prefer the Chinese style.

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                  1. re: monkuboy

                    Wow, sorry you no lke. Every dish of bacon fried rice I have had is sticky rice made even more sticky with the bacon fat mixed into it (a stick-to-your-ribs meal) That is the way I have had it on da islands and here on da mainland. I agree it is not separate and distinct grains like so many other "Chinese style fried-rice" dishes but island food is more a blend (fusion if you will) of Chinese and "wat is left in da kitchen huh? Den mix it up, k?" Anyway, glad to hear you got plenty bacon in it. The last time I went was on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed with every seat taken (a kids ball team). My bacon fried rice plate had very little bacon in it. I go'n send it back and den they go'n give it back to me da same way. It was like being in a real island place on da islands. When they get low on food the tude is, jus keep sellin and make da money -- den act dumb and give'um stink eyes if they talk story. However, with the hot wether I will go back for a shave ice, and probably the bacon fried rice also, but only during the weekdays when there is not a full house. Dis place is island-like fo-real.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Well they didn't skimp on anything, that's for sure. It's just a matter of style preference. Also, I just want to say I always enjoy reading your posts and I have a lot of faith in your recommendations so please keep them coming!

                      1. re: monkuboy

                        man i havent been to shakas for a long time. sounds like its time to go again. i like the bacon fried rice at the loft in torrance. island style fried rice is usually sticky from the sauce used. chinese style fried rice which is also good usualyl doesnt have a lot of sauce but a lot of oil. kamaboko is nasty, yuck.

                  2. Sounds TDF, but I'm wondering about vegan choices. Jeet?

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                    1. re: Gohantabeyoka

                      You can look at the menu online but this place is chicken, fish, pork, beef and spam. Maybe you can get a salad without the chciken and then get a big shave ice for dessert. IMO The shave ice alone is worth the trip.

                      Shakas
                      http://www.shakas.com/

                      1. re: JeetJet

                        Jeet, do they have a variety of shaved ice, or only one kind? Please give your recommendations. I have been craving shaved ice lately. Does this place make shaved ice to go, or is it a fancier place?

                        I just took a look at the menu, and that answered some of my questions. Their dessert menu looks really good and has some things on it that I've never had before. I don't know much about Hawaiian food.

                        1. re: katkoupai

                          I haven't been to the Shakas in Alhambra, but the one in Monterey Park has about 15-20 different flavors of syrup, ice cream, azuki beans and condensed milk. And yes, you can get it to go. And the portions are huge.

                          1. re: Vegasbuff

                            Thanks. I don't think I've tried azuki beans before. I'll look them up online to see what they are. :)

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              It's a sweet red bean. The ones at Shaka's are semi mashed and have a smooth texture opposed to some places where the beans are whole and have a little crunch to them.

                              1. re: Vegasbuff

                                Thank you. Do you recommended the shaved ice with condensed milk or ice cream? What the best combo?

                                1. re: katkoupai

                                  When I do get shave ice I usually get the whole package, ice cream, azuki beans and condensed milk, although almost every place will put the ice cream at the bottom so you get a whole lot of ice cream at the end. As you make your way through the shave ice you can mix the ice cream into the rest of the shave ice.

                                  Some places will also put the azuki beans above the ice cream but under the shave ice. Some places will put the beans on top. The last couple of times I've been to Shakas they have put the beans both above the ice cream and top of the shave ice.

                                  I say the best combo is to try it with everything on it, taste the different flavors combinations and then you'll know what you like best. Like many things food related, there is no correct way to have it.

                                  1. re: Vegasbuff

                                    Great! :) Thanks.

                          2. re: katkoupai

                            Shakas uses syrups from Hawaiian Sweet Islands, http://www.hawaiian-sweet-islands.com/ . You can find them at Marukai (the one on Artesia) or order from them online. They sell a decent ice shaver too.

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              I like banana, coconut and pineapple flavors. I also ask for ice cream at the bottom. The ice sitting on top of the ice cream keeps it very frozen until you finally reach it near the bottom in a bath of mixed flavors – yum yum. I tend to not order the beans or condensed milk because, IMO, the syrups are sweet enough without that extra sweetness. However, I think most people max it out / go-for-it, and have it all. Shave ice in L.A. is not easy to find and most places do not have a true shave ice machine with the correct blade that shaves the block into tiny flaks of snow. Most places have a ice crusher that makes snow cone style crushed ice. True shave ice is so tiny that it absorbs the syrup and that makes for a great ice / flavor / texture sensation that snow cone ice cannot do. If you go to Shakas take a good look at the machine when they are shaving the block. If you do not see that kind of machine at other places the product will not be shave ice. Most places that claim to have shave ice use a short machine that almost looks like a large home coffee maker and it only crushrs small ice cubes into smaller ice cubes wich do not absorb the syrups.

                              1. re: JeetJet

                                Wow, your post reminded me of the ice shaver that we used to have when I was little. We would freeze the water in a round metal container that had a spike in the middle; the ice would be taken out and the hole where the spike was fit over the spindle on the shave ice machine. Then we'd turn the handle and make the circular block of ice go round and round into the blade making the shave ice. We'd pour on the Hawaiian fruit syrups and mmm, was it good! Thanks for bringing back those memories. Yeah, true shave ice is not crushed ice.

                        2. Finally got to Shakas after all the talk on these boards. Went mainly for shave ice, but ended up ordering the 442nd special with their char siu and honu pepper chicken. Really enjoyed the honu; Really unique and delicious plate lunch offerings. This has got to be the best Hawaiian style plate lunch place in LA. and the best shave ice around to top it off. Looking forward to going back.

                          I'll have to make it for breakfast one day for BFR or something.