List your favorite Chiu Chow (Chaozhou) restaurants ...
Do you have a list of a your favorite Chiu Chow (or for us Mandarin speakers, Chaozhou) restaurants? And, what do you get there?
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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
Mien Nghia - Rosemead
7755 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA, 91770
Mien Nghia - San Gabriel
406 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA, 91776
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
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).
8450 Garvey Ave # 103
Rosemead, CA 91770
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.