Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Mar 26, 2008 06:11 PM

Gardena Bowl Cafe

So I went down to the Gardena Bowl today with visions of hand made Portuguese sausage dancing in my head. Had the bacon fried rice with 2 eggs and a side of said sausage. Well the rice was good, could have used a bit more bacon in it, but it was good, eggs where perfectly cooked. The sausage was good, but it did not have the strong portuguese flavor I am used to at 26 Beach, Rutt's or Shaka's. So take it for what it is worth.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Portuguese sausage can be a personal taste kind of item. I know any other place I expect and like it spicy.
    Your visions of hand made sausage was probably shattered when you found they were hand formed sausage patties. A secret recipe, but I think its American sausage, ground pork and some chili flakes sprinkled in....but I go there for it because sometimes I like that type. They're known for it.

    1 Reply
    1. re: monku

      I knew it was a patty not a link type, just the flavor I was expecting was very different to the link types. I would still go back when in the area, just not get that sausage.

    2. If you like the non-casing, handmade patty variety, you can make your own pretty easy. Most asian markets sell NOH portuguese sausage mix... Add your own ground pork and maybe more chili pepper flakes and you're set.

      12 Replies
      1. re: macnut

        Do you know if Mitsuwa caries a mix like that?

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Most Asian markets in LA will carry Noh's packgage mixes. Marukai, 99 Ranch Markets, and some American markets will carry them in their oriental sections. I was even amazed that Noh's has 3 pound bulk packages at Marukai last week when I was there.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            I bought the mix once and looked at the ingredients....besides stuff you can't spell or pronounce, its basically chili flakes. I'm 99% sure that at Gardena Bowl its American sausage, ground pork and chili flakes-I say ground pork because the flavor has a hint of American sausage. I got the NOH mix from Marukai.

            1. re: monku

              Am I nuts, or is the flavor of the portuguese link sausage at Rutt's, 26 Beach and Shakas very very different than the patties at Gardena Bowl? The flavor has a lot more going on that sausage, pork & chili flakes.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                The basic ingredients for patty-type Portuguese sausage is ground pork, vinegar, garlic, black pepper, chili pepper, salt, soy sauce, sugar, liquid smoke, allspice, and powdered milk. I used to make it for special events in Gardena many years ago where people stood in line for what reason, I don't know?

                1. re: Clinton

                  Does anyone know the measurements for this recipe?

                2. re: Burger Boy

                  Of course the flavor of those other links is different than the patties at Gardena Bowl. I sense your dissapointment with Gardena Bowl patties is the lack of flavor. Thats their recipe and despite what you feel, its popular with a lot of people who go there. Its not appealing to you.

                  There are dozens of companies that make Hawaiian Portuguese sausage with different tastes, texture and style (mild or spicy). Its like hot dogs, there's no one recipe thats the correct one....its what you like. I remember being at the Costco in Honolulu and amazed a whole case dedicated to different brands of Portuguese sausage. Even at Marukai they carry 6 different brands.

                  Go up to the central coast of California and you'll find Linguiça (Portuguese sausage) that in my opinion is different than Hawaiian style Portuguese sausage in taste and texture.

                  1. re: monku

                    I guess I was expecting what I consider a more traditional flavor. Theirs was not bad. I expected flavor like Shakas, L&L, Rutt's, Aloha Food Factory, 26 Beach. I understand their are different flaovrs, but if you buy an Andouille sausage, they are all very similar, this was just very differnt. I had built myself up for these spicey, hot patty's similar to the flavor I had been used to. It was different, that's all. I think if anyone else goes expecting that, they should be aware. Damn, I drove from Glendale with my buddy. Have you seen the price of gas?
                    I still have Big Love for the Gardena Bowl.

                    1. re: monku

                      Taste is purely subjective. Not all people like the same things. Can't please everybody. For me, the Portuguese patties at Gardena Bowl are kind of bland but tolerable. It does kind of taste like country sausage with a hint of garlic and chili peppers. But also, some other restaurants offer Portuguese sausage that taste like Polish sausages or fat hot dogs.

                      My favorite is still the Gouveia brand from Hawaii. To me, it's old school stuff. The Silva brand linguica which they make up in northern Cal has a different taste. To each his own.

                      1. re: Clinton

                        Is there anywhere in the LA County area to get Gouveia Brand? I guess I need to find out what brand Shakas, 26 beach and Rutt's uses.

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          Haven't seen the Gouveia brand in LA ever since Marukai stop carrying them. I buy them in Hawaii and handcarry them back since I can't find them here. The Aloha and Ono brands at Marukai comes pretty close to Gouveia? The other brands they carry taste like Polish sausages if you ask me...

                          1. re: Clinton

                            Here in the Central Coast, we can get sausage products from Ray's Own Brand (Ray Cattaneo). He makes a very good linguisa but an outstanding, bold linguisa called, Salchicha Caballero. The latter is not heavily infused with allspice that some makers like to use like the Cattaneo Brothers brand. It is a little lighter in the paprika that the Azores Portuguese in Hawaii like, but the flavor is different and packs a punch. One of these days, I will bring one down to your home.

            2. Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop Deal -- $20 of Food/Drink for $10. Vouchers available for purchase through Sunday, January 8, 2012 and promotional value of vouchers expire April 1, 2012.