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

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!