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Who's got the best Ma Po Tofu?

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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. Chung King
    206 S. Garfield Ave.
    Monterey Park
    626-280-7430

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    1. re: Servorg

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

    2. 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. 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
        626-442-6689

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                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.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  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.