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Who offers the best Fried Pork Chop in the LA & OC vicinity?

I like pork chop. The fried kind. I like the fried drizzled in gravy kind. I like the HK-style rice and pork chop kind. I also like the Taiwanese version. I like the salt/pepper kind. I like my Jamaican friend's Mom's version of jerky pork chop. I like the frozen kind, well, only occasionally. If there's an African-style fried pork chop, I'd probably like it too.

I know they're bad for you. I know they've been stripped of all nutritional values and hardly qualify as protein source. They are a fat source. We all need daily portions of fat to stay alive. What I do not like is to find a lot of inedible fatty fats in my porkchop, I know they've got to be there but let's not distract me.

Speaking of fat, I need to not be that. Pork chops, fried ones especially, helps me to be that. So now I'm trying to only eat the best of the best (of fried pork chop) and leave the junks far far away from my tummy.

Care to share your favorite establishment offering these goodies??

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  1. The tonkatsu at Honda Ya is generally pretty reliable. I usually go to the Tustin store, but the one in Little Tokyo is good too. Can't vouch for their sister store's version in Fountain Valley, but imagine it's on par.

    Honda Ya Izakaya
    333 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Kappo Honda
    18450 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
    556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

    1. i don't know if you're looking for "fried pork" (meaning tonkatsu) like the above poster mentioned, but if you're looking for "pork chop" as i understand it -

      smothered pork chops from aunt kizzie's back porch in marina del rey are deeelicious.

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      1. re: logan

        Hi Logan,

        No, not tonkatsu although I like those too. I've eating something resembling porkchop but it was in fact tonkatsu - the meat was just pounded thin. It was delish.

        Do you recall what kind of gravy serve on the pork chop at aunt kizzie's? thanks!

        1. re: Beignets

          it's a typical southern presentation. first the chop is breaded, then fried, then simmered in a brown gravy. it's not a subtle dish at all, it's clumsy but right on with the flavors. the gravy isn't lumpy, creamy, or overly thick at all - just the right viscosity. highly recommended. also their chicken and dumplings rule all.

      2. Mmm, PORK!!!
        Of all places, I like the little thin sizzly porkchops at GINGERGRASS in Silverlake.
        They are these great pan fried tastey little treats that are sooo good!
        Only that thin little outline of fat around each cute chop...all sizzled up like the perfect porky conidment to compliment the porky little chops...mmm.
        They are kinda sweet kinda savory but sooo good.
        Another great thing about them is that they are served with a bunch of fresh leafy salady green things, rice, and some cabbage slaw to help ya feel better about all the greasy good ness.

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        1. re: tatertotsrock

          I love the fried pork chop at Din Tai Fung.

        2. The pork chop rice at Sinbala

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          1. re: koshie

            I've eaten more than my share of those!

          2. Depending on where you are, many people have raved about the deep fried pork chops at Seaport and also Seafood Town in Torrance on Hawthorne Blvd. Both are owned by the same people but I think Seafood Town is better. The thin pork chops are deep fried in a light rice flour or starch coating and served with seasoned salt and sliced hot green peppers. You can also get the Peking style pork chops which are almost like sweet sour chops in a tangy sauce.

            1. I love pork - chops, cutlets, tenderloin, whatever - but find that most pork is dry and bland and boring unless I make it myself. With one exception - the Pork Chops with Spicy Salt at Sam Woo in Chinatown. Which may not be called Sam Woo anymore - oddly enough, my takeout menu says "Hong Kong Barbecue" in English and "Sam Woo" in Chinese, go figure.

              They are definitely fried, but IMO they are far from "bad for you" - you're right, we do need fat to stay alive, but we also need protein and they are just that - tasty little bits of protein! Even though big agribusiness has managed to breed pork so that much of the fat (and thus, taste) has been removed, they haven't figured out a way to take the protein out of it :)

              Sam Woo Bar-B-Que Restaurant
              803 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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              1. re: garvanza girl

                thanks for the tip!

                care to share your recipe on fried pork chop? i've never made one myself as I just find so many good to great ones out there :)

                1. re: Beignets

                  I actually don't make chops myself - the grocery store versions are just too dry. Mostly I make tenderloin, no particular recipe, just whatever I google that sounds good.

              2. CBS (the restaurant, not the network)
                700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
                Phone: (213) 617-2323
                Located on the corner of Ord and Spring, just behind Philippes parking lot, on the same side of the street. Their fried pork chops are crispy not greasy, garnished with bits of green onion and fresh red pepper, dusted in that spicy salt, and very meaty. You can order in, or queue up at take-out section adjacent to the restaurant. Very busy during the business lunch hour. Parking is free. That corner is remarkable for many reasons---the DASH bus stops there, across the street is a poultry market and a very fine little store, which I love for their selection of teas.

                CBS Seafood
                700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                1. re: la vida dulce

                  I'm sold... I'll have to make a drive there soon. What other item would you recommend from there?

                  1. re: la vida dulce

                    Not Pork chops but you GOTTA try the Roast Pork. Just had some yesterday. Excellent. roasted with salt and chinese 5 spice powder. tender, Crispy skin. Yum

                  2. I am with you on pork chops, prepared any which way. Yes, fried with gravy is hard to beat.

                    My rec is also not fried....but if you want the best grilled pork chop in town, try Musso & Franks. You get two huge, thick chops, grilled beautifully, with lots of au jus. Man, I love those pork chops.

                    1. I love the pork chop rice at Old country cafe. It's also a great deal since you get an egg, mince pork, pickled veggies and rice with it for less than $5.

                      Old Country Cafe
                      2 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                      1. re: elainew

                        I second Old Country. Throw in the pudding milk tea made with real green tea for 2.50 PLUS free refills & I'm gooood!

                        1. re: ms.sunshine

                          third Old Country for TW style fried pork chop. If not in the Western side of SGV, then definitely Plaza Deli in Rowland Heights. One of the finest version east of the 605, better than 302, better than Shau May:

                          18920 Gale Ave
                          Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                          simbala's (either Rowland or Arcadia) merely "OK", not a big chunk of pork, too greasy, not pounded thinly enough.

                          otherwise, per the curry thread, Duck's for any type of katsu... Duck's makes me go "quack quack" for pork.

                        2. re: elainew

                          While I agree Old Country Cafe does a good pork chop rice, I think it's more the combination of things (rice, preserved mustard greens, tea egg and pork chop) that really makes the dish sing. Not sure there's anything really that special about the pork chop itself without its accoutrements. Still good nonetheless.

                          I also like the baked pork chop at Macau Street in Monterey Park.

                          Macau Street Restaurant
                          429 W Garvey Ave
                          Monterey Park
                          (626) 288-3568

                        3. Speaking of fried pork chops, does anybody know of a place in LA that makes fried pork chop sandwiches? Fried pork chop on a bun with mustard, onions & pickes?

                          1. Din Tai Fung has fab fried PC's

                            1. If you're by Del Amo Mall in Torrance, I really like the fried pork chop at Seafood Town. HUGE plate of pork chops (smaller cuts), deep fried perfectly with a hint of kick in the breading. Great stuff and really inexpensive, esp. at lunch time.

                              Seafood Town
                              22922 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                              1. We liked the fried pork chop w/ noodles at Shau May (Rowland Heights branch). Had the Din Tai Fung ones and found them a little too lean.

                                1. The pork chops at Seafood Town in Torrance are unbelievably addictive - eat with both hands and grease all over your chops licking the bits off the bones. That said, the pork chops at Capital Seafood next to the 99 market off the Nogales exit of 60 deserves a place in history for (a) rapid service - you walk in and by the time you sit down, the soup and teapot are already on the table (b) fabulous salted pork chops (c) extremely inexpensive - the place is always packed and (d) gracious service.

                                  1. The garlic pork chop at the Litz in Monterey Park is pan-fried, not much fat, and pretty yummy. They're on Garvey. (They also have the best Singapore rice noodles -- they don't add curry and most people who go there order it.)

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                                    1. re: chowchow12345678

                                      SIngapore rice noodles without curry???? How can that be? Must try!

                                    2. Nice idea for a post - fried pork is good, yes it is! On the westside, I like the tonkatsu at Blue Marlin. It's been great the 5-6 times I've had it.

                                      Not on the westside, the Sichuan peppercorn pork dish at Chung King on San Gabriel Blvd. is pretty much fried choppy things with a coating that will make your mouth tingle and wake up your senses for sure. It's a must.

                                      And I'm all for choosing one's fried adventures carefully so we can continue to fit through a standard doorway. It's a challenge, no doubt.

                                      1. Any mention of “Pork Chop” makes me dream of the smoked and grilled to your order pork chop at the Deluxe Town Dinner in Watertown, MA. – cut it with a fork. I have not found anything that good in L.A. but you asked for a fried pork chop. These places below do it right.
                                        My breakfast group had breakfast today at the Gaffey Street Diner and two of the group had the pork chops w/ eggs. The chops were large and moist but they were battered. One in the group ordered the “Mad Dog omelette” which today was Beef stroganoff – a very large breakfast with lots of beef. The biscuits and gravy are very good.

                                        Flo’s is a must try for chops and eggs – fried just right. Frisco’s is a fun place and the chops and eggs just might be the best breakfast they make.

                                        Flo's Airport Café (Pork Chops and eggs with very good biscuits and gravy, also think of the Chicken Fried Steak)
                                        Chino Airport on Merrill Ave. (located at the Chino airport)
                                        7000 Merrill Ave Ste 8
                                        Chino, CA 91710-9027
                                        (909) 597-3416

                                        Frisco’s (Fried Pork chops and eggs, pancakes, burgers are pretty good also. Skip the tuna sandwich)
                                        18065 Gale Ave.
                                        Industry, CA. 91748

                                        Gaffey Street Diner (Battered & fried Pork chops and eggs, Country Breakfast with large sausage patties on top of a very large biscuit cut in half covered with white sausage gravy, Hash and eggs, Very good biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, Great chorizo, menudo John Wayne Special)
                                        247 N Gaffey St
                                        San Pedro, CA 90731
                                        (310) 548-6964