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ipsedixit Jun 8, 2007 02:18 PM

Do you have a list of a your favorite Chiu Chow (or for us Mandarin speakers, Chaozhou) restaurants? And, what do you get there?

Here's mine:

1. SEAFOOD VILLAGE [9669 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City 626-286-2299]
House special fish and the house special crab.

2. CHAU'S KITCHEN [107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, (626) 307-5195]
Sour chicken noodle soup and the shrimp balls

3. KIM KY NOODLE HOUSE [1108 S. San Gabriel Blvd., (626) 286-8839]
Rice noodle soup and stir-fired rice cakes

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    slacker Jun 8, 2007 02:34 PM

    Seafood Village. We had a bunch of different dishes there and they were all good except that special fish with lemon, that was terrible, and expensive on top of that.

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      ipsedixit Jun 8, 2007 02:42 PM

      The house special fish I am referring to is a broth (or soup) and comes with its own chafing dish.

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        slacker Jun 8, 2007 02:45 PM

        Don't know which fish you were referring to, their special fish with preserved lemon also comes with a chafing dish, but I don't recall it being very soupy. They proudly advertise it on their wall, along with other specials. Could be a different fish.

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      WHills Jun 8, 2007 02:49 PM

      1) Seafood Village in Monterey Park
      Shrimp balls, the oyster porridge

      Is Kim Ky Chiu Chow or Vietnamese? My mom is from Chui Chow, so she tells me most of the Kim places are actually Vietnamese places with a Chiu Chow twist, but they aren't really authentic Chiu Chow.

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        ipsedixit Jun 8, 2007 02:55 PM

        Not to disagree with your mom (as I am really not an expert on the issue), but from what I understand alot of the Chiu Chow folks came to the States via a stop in Vietnam (and Hong Kong) and hence there is alot of Vietnamese influence in Chiu Chow cooking, esp. here in the States.

        But I defer to your mom ...

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          revets2 Jun 14, 2007 01:41 PM

          whills is correct.

          chiu chow is chinese, cantonese, actually, also known as teochow from the chaozhou in the eastern guangdong, PRC.

          many immigrated from this area to southeast asia, especially singapore. that's why you'll see the southeast asian "twist" on the food. but it's not the real thing.

          authentic teochow or chiu chow is very clean in its flavors with an emphasis on the quality of ingredients. the cuisine is famous for its excellent broths and rice soup among other things.

          for very authentic teochow, refer to my post below.

      2. raytamsgv Jun 8, 2007 02:49 PM

        My list is very similar:
        1. Seafood Village: House special crab
        2. Chau's Kitchen: no special preferences
        3. Kim Ky: thick rice noodle soup with satay sauce or ribs

        Kim Ky also has a location in Rosemead, although I've never actually been to that branch:

        Kim Ky Noodle House
        9014 E. Garvey Ave., #H
        Rosemead 626-569-9511

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          Hailyn Jun 8, 2007 02:50 PM

          For Chiu Chow noodles (with seafood and fishcake) I like Mien Nghia, either in Chinatown or in San Gabriel (there's also one in Rosemead).

          Mien Nghia - Chinatown
          304 Ord St
          Los Angeles, CA, 90012
          (213) 680-2411

          Mien Nghia - Rosemead
          7755 Garvey Ave
          Rosemead, CA, 91770
          (626) 288-0177

          Mien Nghia - San Gabriel
          406 W Valley Blvd
          San Gabriel, CA, 91776
          (626) 570-1668

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            eatdrinknbmerry Jun 8, 2007 03:01 PM

            hailyn, I wonder if we've seen each other. i was there 3 times this week for breakfast at the Chinatown location. it's sad, they know me. i love their satay bbq sauce. i heard they sell it at the Rosemead and SG locations for $3 (small) or $5 (large).

            ipsedixit, funny that you post this. i was just thinking yesterday... i wonder how many ppl on CH love Chiu Chow food.

            (1) Trieu Chau Restaurant
            4401 W 1st , SAnta Ana 92703
            714-775-1536

            usually lines out the door. best flavored soup IMO. beef balls with rice noodle is my favorite. don't be surprised to share tables with people. only open till 5 or 6 pm everyday.

            (2) Mien Nghia - #36 Chicken and Fish Slice Mixed Noodles. Add some satay bbq sauce and a pour of red vinegar and you're good to go. There's a review on my noodlewhore blog.

            Chau's Kitchen has a nice sour chicken soup which is good. But I wish they have more of the familiar 'hu tieu' style dishes. There's more vietnamese influence there than Chiu Chow.

            Kim Ky - my god this place is always packed. I've eaten there before and it's not bad. I haven't found a day where I'm ready to endure the wait again though.

            There's also a bunch of other Chiu Chow noodle houses in LA/SGV and like RaytamSGV said, most start with Kim. There's Kim Tar (M. Park), Kim Chuy (Alhambra), Kim Fung (M.Park), Kim Chuy (Ctown), Chiu Heng (Ctown).

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              condiment Jun 9, 2007 08:08 PM

              Do any of the Chiu Chow noodle places garnish the soups with little crispy cubes of lard, the way Chiu Chow places do in SE Asia? I've only encountered that once here, at a long-deceased Alhambra Vietnamese place.

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                ipsedixit Jun 9, 2007 08:26 PM

                I believe I've seen that done at Mien Nghia in chinatown.

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                  eatdrinknbmerry Jun 13, 2007 09:49 AM

                  crispy cubes of lard? whoa. the only crispy things i've seen in my chiu chow soups is fried shallots.

            2. Chandavkl Jun 9, 2007 07:03 PM

              1. Seafood Village; 2. Lucky City in Monterey Park. #3 would be Chow Chow across the street from Seafood Village in Monterey Park but it closed down a few weeks ago.

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                WHills Jun 9, 2007 08:43 PM

                Yes, I really liked that place across from Seafood Village. I loved their chieve cakes! Too bad...another casualty!

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                yum4fun Jun 10, 2007 12:01 PM

                Kim Chuy in Chinatown

                Fish balls with "hou fun" noodles in a savory broth .... yum-o....

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                  fishybear10 Jun 13, 2007 12:10 PM

                  Wow....I'm surprise no one has been to Noodle Cafe on Garvey near Macau Street. in MPK. I think they have the best Chiu Chow noodles soup, it beats all of those Kim etc.. places....

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                    eatdrinknbmerry Jun 13, 2007 12:13 PM

                    i'll have to try that soon. i see it all the time.

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                    revets2 Jun 14, 2007 03:20 AM

                    CHEUNG HING. hands down the most authentic in socal.

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                      WHills Jun 14, 2007 07:27 PM

                      Where is this place located?

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                        revets2 Jun 14, 2007 07:43 PM

                        8450 Garvey Ave # 103
                        Rosemead, CA 91770
                        (626) 288-2206

                        best teochow chef in l.a. only one girl speaks english. ordering off the menu is best, but expensive (abalone with chesnut, short ribs in a special broth, oyster stew). appreciates good wine. can bring your own. decor is definitely hole in the wall. located behind another restaurant. no sign. B rating.

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                          Das Ubergeek Jun 14, 2007 08:15 PM

                          Expensive like $15 a plate expensive, or expensive like $50 a plate expensive? I have a meeting in Rosemead next week...

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                            revets2 Jun 15, 2007 01:38 AM

                            $15 off the menu, $30-$50 and market prices off the menu for things like abalone and high-grade shark's fin. take lots o' people. there are almost no tables. park and enter through the rear.

                    2. modernist Jun 14, 2007 03:28 PM

                      wan chai hong kong. the one with the chinese liberace looking waiter.

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                        jackt Jun 14, 2007 10:58 PM

                        kamala in chinatown! excellent! my mom goes there every chance she gets (and she would know)!

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