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Jan 10, 2009 03:16 PM

Create Your Own Stir Fry in the Los Angeles Area?


I am looking for a create your own stir fry restaurant in the Los Angeles area.

The restaurant I am thinking of from my hometown of Chicago is called Stir Crazy Cafe. The restaurant has an Asian type menu. You select chicken, beef, strip or tofu, the waiter/waitress gives you a ticket and a bowl. At the vegetable type salad bar you select the raw vegetables you want, pick out your sauce of choice and hand it off to the chef, who cooks it in a wok.

I would call this Mongolian BBQ, but the one time I went to a Mongolian BBQ place, everything was cooked on a flat grill and therefore was quite dry.

I did find a place like this in the Manhattan Beach area, but they used frozen meat, which didn't turn out very well.

I would be very grateful if anyone could suggest such a place. As a finicky eater, I like to be able to select my own ingredients.

Thank you!

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      1. When I was in Tai Pei almost 30 years ago I was taken to a Mongolian BBQ. The meats there werre thinly sliced and frozen. The difference between my meal in Taiwan and what I get here, generally at Mogo's in Sherman Oaks, is that in Taiwan they must have offered 20 different sauces to pour on your bowl. I don't thinkl they use the frozen meat to make you fill up on the veges which may or may not be infinitely cheaper than the meat. If they serve you the dried noodles beforehand, egg rolls or heavily breaded fried shrimps, and then soup; that is what they use to fill you up. Nontheless 30 years ago I could have put three bowls away. Today if I get through one and one-half I am pleased and I go very light on the veges.

        1. So I guess it is safe to assume that a place like this that uses woks does not exist in the Los Angeles area?

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          1. re: sugarcanejane

            Nope, never been to one in Los Angeles that uses the wok. All the Mongolian BBQs use the flat or slightly domed top.

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