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Dec 17, 2008 07:32 PM

Chicken and Rice - Halal Guys - in Los Angeles?

I just returned from NYC and I was lucky enough to have tried (twice) the Chicken and Rice plate from the Halal Guys cart on 53rd and 6th. Oh My! I am addicted. Where can I find this in Los Angeles? When I search I find things that say Halal, but I am beginning to understand that Halal means kosher. So what is the name of the chicken and rice with the white sauce? And where can I find it? Please, I am desperate!

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  1. You might want to make a note to yourself, Halal does not mean Kosher. Halal is the Muslim dietary law and Kosher is the Jewish dietary law. Similar, but not the same.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      Sorry not to be so specific. I just wrote Kosher so as to be quick....everyone please forgive my laziness. Just tell me where I can get Chicken and Rice like the Halal Guys serve.

    2. 53rd and 6th rocks! unfortunately, i have not had anything similar to it here in LA.

      1. Hainan Chicken Rice is not always halal, but definitely on the menu of many Muslim Malaysians (I just returned from a food excursion in Kuala Lumpur). As for the L.A. area, try the Hainan Chicken Rice at Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra:

        Savoy Kitchen
        138 E Valley Blvd
        Alhambra, CA 91801
        (626) 308-9535

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        1. re: J.L.

          Thanks but Hainan Chicken Rice is not the same as the street food that the Halal Guys serve at 53rd and 6th.

        2. I spent a great deal of time at 49th and 8th, eating from the "halal cart". I haven't found anything like it here... sorry.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Do you happen to know where the dish comes from? Meaning what is the origin of the dish? Is there another name other then chicken and rice? Is it chicken biryani? I would like to learn how to make it myself.

            1. re: yvonnechiffon

              It comes from NYC. There doesn't seem to be a true native version of the food, but it's a mash-up of several south asian cultures, plus NY style fast food. It's Americanized halal food at its best. Think of it like the SF mission style burrito of NYC. Also, there's mayonnaise in many versions of the white sauce.

            2. Some of us were lamenting on this board a few days ago about the lack of an equivalent in Los Angeles. Besides, isn't the white sauce supposed to be a secret? IMHO the lamb with rice is better--and I usually hate lamb.