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Magic Wok Filipino Restaurant in Artesia - Perceptor's Report

Perceptor Sep 10, 2008 01:30 PM

even though i'm not filipino myself, filipino food is comfort food to me because i basically grew up eating filipino food from friend's houses.. the big names in filipino cuisine in LA are Max's, Goldilock's, Salo salo grill, etc. my filipino friend took us to one of his fav place in Artesia/Cerritos area called Magic Wok... they have a huge menu with dishes from $5-$8.. really cheap stuff.. the standard order at any filipino restaurant would be lechon (roast pork), crispy pata (deep fried pig's foot), lumpia (egg rolls), sinigang (tamarind soup), etc... all were excellent home cooked versions... filipino cuisine is definitely not a meal you want to eat before a body check-up but man how i love this stuff...

Here is my meal: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=9...

The Magic Wok
11869 Artesia Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 865-7340

- Perceptor

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  1. elmomonster RE: Perceptor Sep 10, 2008 04:44 PM

    Finally! Magic Wok gets the Perceptor treatment! So cool!

    Since we're sharing, here's one of my many, many Magic Wok posts:

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

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      Perceptor RE: elmomonster Sep 10, 2008 04:55 PM

      o wow!! thats way back when it remodeled... man i love this place...

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        AGENT FOODIE RE: Perceptor Sep 11, 2008 01:58 AM

        is it really that good? im not filipino either but have been to some places that were not very good....salo salo is always safe just the wait and service sometimes is very spotty.

        1. re: AGENT FOODIE
          Perceptor RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 11, 2008 09:14 AM

          Agent foodie,
          to me, yes it is pretty darn good here... very home cook feel.. salo salo is definitely good but it is a much bigger production..

          1. re: AGENT FOODIE
            elmomonster RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 11, 2008 09:43 AM

            Agent foodie,

            Magic Wok isn't just my favorite Filipino restaurant, it's one of my favorite restaurants.

            I've tried Salo-Salo (Cerritos) a few times, and maybe it's just me, but compared to Magic Wok, the flavor is just not all there. Plus it's more expensive.

            And that big grilled seafood platter that Salo Salo is known for is kind of anticlimactic, if you ask me.

            It's the same with Goldilocks (Cerritos). They make good cakes, but there's something cafeteria-like in the food. Doesn't have the home-made flavor that Magic Wok does so effortlessly.

            I like the Goldilocks in Vegas better than the one in Cerritos though. They make good okoy and silogs.

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