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Dec 30, 2007 08:47 PM

ISO dobash cake, kal bi jim, and mustard BBQ sauce

Is there any place besides Amy's Pastry in Montebello and King's Hawaiian that serves a good dobash cake?

Is there any place besides Yong Su San that serves a decent kal bi jim?

Is there any place besides Robin's that serves ribs with a mustard-based BBQ sauce?

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  1. If the 'dobash cake' you refer to is the Hungarian torte (aka Dobosh Torta) with the caramel crown. (


    You can find a poor imitation at Alpine Village. B&L Bakery in LA does one that is okay. The best one that is as good as you can get outside of Budapest is at Duna Csarda on Melrose.

    I can't help you if you are looking for the Doberge cake. (


    Alpine Village Market
    833 Torrance Blvd Ste 1A, Torrance, CA 90502

    1. Smokin Mo's BBQ makes a mustard based sauce that I like. The Q itself isn't worth the drive, though. Maybe call them and have them mail you a bottle of sauce? They are a multistore chain based in Central CA.

      Smokin Mo's BBQ
      301 Main St
      Huntington Beach, CA 92648
      (714) 374-3033

      1. I haven't been to Amy's Pastry since it changed owners 15+ years ago. I like the dobash cake at Angel Maid Bakery better than the one at King's.

        4538 S Centinela Ave
        Los Angeles, CA 90066
        Phone: (310) 915-2078

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        1. re: stacey8989

          Stacey, Amy's Pastry has gone downhill some, but the dobash is still pretty good. I miss the original owners and some of the things that they made that were discontinued when the change occurred.

          Professor Salt, if I were to head down to Smokin Mo's to sit and eat, what should I order with the sauce?


          1. re: nomo_fan

            It's been years since I've been to Mo's. Haven't been back because I like my meat with a heavy smoke and there's almost none at Mo's.

            In any event, I thought the pulled pork sandwich was probably the best choice, at that time.

            1. re: Professor Salt

              Have you tried Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach? It's all about the smoke there.

              1. re: justagthing

                Yes, I have tried Beachwood, and I agree, it's quite good.

            2. re: nomo_fan

              nomo- I've heard that Amy's went downhill, that's why I never went back. If you're ever on the westside, you should give Angel Maid a try. I'm a big fan of the fresh strawberry cake as well.

              As for the dobash- it is the light fluffy kind like King's Hawaiian has. You can order it with whipped cream & chocolate shavings on top or you can get the chocolate pudding top. Angel Maid has smaller round cakes & the regular sheet cakes.

          2. This older thread has more discussions of dobash, dobos, and doberge (all different) in LA:


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            1. re: PayOrPlay

              PayorPlay: Thanks for the links to the previous links. I would like to try the other versions. The Hawaiian version is very pudding like with multiple small layers of cake and pudding/cream mixture. I live in Montebello. Amy's is good, but King's is the best, but I don't want to drive all the way over to Torrance/Gardena to get it. Many of my sansei friends miss the old Amy's Pastry and a small chain called Grace Pastry. Actually, I've never been to Angel Maid. Supposedly, Angel Maid has the good "low class" cream puffs as opposed to the good "middle class" Beard Papa cream puffs and the awesome "high class" Chantilly Patisserie cream puffs.

            2. no one replied regarding the kalbi jjim Q..

              try this place?

              356 S. Western Ave #201
              Los Angeles, CA 90020
              (213) 300-2966

              and this as well?
              Dong Il Jang
              3455 W 8th Street
              Los Angeles, CA 90005

              my brother and his girl has been on this kalbi jim hunt for months... i don't get it.

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              1. re: TonyC

                Thanks, TonyC. I will definitely try your suggestions.
                Usually kal bi jim is not served by restaurants because of its preparation time.
                At Yong su san when you order the more expensive meals, the waitresses serve Koreans kal bi jim and the non-Koreans the regular kal bi, so when I go there without my fiance or her parents, I have to make a special request for the kal bi jim.
                But it's the tenderness of the meat that makes kal bi jim so special.

                1. re: nomo_fan

                  actually many restaurants serve galbi jjim. just to name a few: seong buk dong, chil bo myun oak, ondal, ttu rak.

                  1. re: namstermonster

                    chil bo myun oak's galbi jjim is quite good. Huge and a bit tough but tasty.