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Who's got the best Ma Po Tofu?

Mellu Dec 29, 2007 06:32 AM

I've tried a couple places and it was watery, bland, and used soft, shredded pork.

I'm looking for country style Ma Po, spicy hot, with good, chewy ground pork, in a nice thick sauce.

Wherest thou, Ma Po Tofu? Somewhere in SGV, I imagine, but where to start?

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  1. Servorg RE: Mellu Dec 29, 2007 11:01 AM

    Chung King
    206 S. Garfield Ave.
    Monterey Park

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      RoachCoach RE: Servorg Dec 30, 2007 04:54 AM

      Servorg is money! Also:
      1000 San Gabriel Blvd
      San Gabriel
      Just a few blocks North of the 10.
      This place ROCKS! Order Mapo Doufu and Chongqing chicken.

    2. ladius RE: Mellu Dec 29, 2007 03:21 PM

      Dong Chun Hong
      1143 S Western Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90006
      (323) 732-4884

      This is a Chinese-Korean restaurant but their mapo tofu is excellent, from a Korean viewpoint, that is. Very spicy.

      1. ipsedixit RE: Mellu Dec 29, 2007 08:53 PM

        Ho Ho Kitchen. Not at all oily and just enough heat to make you remember your manners.

        Ho Ho Kitchen
        10053 Valley (a couple of storefronts down from Dumplings 10053)
        El Monte

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          mar52 RE: Mellu Dec 29, 2007 09:28 PM

          Wish I could find it like they used to have at Yokohama Ramen in West Los Angeles.

          They sold, went downhill, closed and with it went the best Mabo Ramen ever.

          1. Das Ubergeek RE: Mellu Dec 30, 2007 03:58 PM

            If you're near Sawtelle, I still get a hankering for Little Hong Kong Cafe's ma po dou fu... shocking that I crave something from a Chinese place on the Westside, but there you have it.

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              Ciao Bob RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 30, 2007 05:51 PM

              Wow, DU...this is hard to believe...I will have to check it out.

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                Das Ubergeek RE: Ciao Bob Dec 31, 2007 02:15 PM

                It's weird, isn't it? I'm no ma po dou fu expert -- I'm actually not a big fan of Sichuanese food or proto-Sichuanese food -- but this always just hits the spot.

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                  longtimehere RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 1, 2008 03:28 PM

                  I agree on that dish- it's almost a guilty pleasure for me. I remember it being garlicky and a little sweet, well-balanced and tangy enough. For some reason wouldn't expect others to like it- has a slightly rich or comfort food feel, but maybe it is better than I thought! Have only tried the beef version.

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              HannahEats RE: Mellu Jan 1, 2008 09:51 PM

              The Dragon
              966 S Vermont Ave.
              Los Angeles, CA 90006
              (213) 387-8833

              I've never had a dish I didn't like at The Dragon. Everything is top notch. My brother is a ma pa tofu FANATIC. It's possibly one of his most favorite dishes, ever. And he loves the one from The Dragon.

              1. ipsedixit RE: Mellu Jun 13, 2010 08:26 PM

                New Chong Qing (NE corner of San Gabriel and Las Tunas), with Shufeng Garden a close second.

                New Chong Qing
                120 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

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                  808girl RE: Mellu Mar 17, 2014 09:51 PM

                  Have you found the perfect place yet??? I too love the yokohama style mabo tofu ramen. ..thick and tasty.

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