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Aug 28, 2009 05:11 PM

FYI's ... trad Chinese american ("NY") style egg rolls and where to get congee in hollywood (adjacent)

These are just FYI's.
Drove on Melrose today and saw BIG LETTERED sign in Chinese for place selling rice noodles (fen) and congee (zhou/juk/xifan).

no info on hours, etc. Time for you to take the adventure.

Second - I have no personal stake and am not driving a distance to see if i can get the old huge style American eggrolls. I have been told by a friend who grew up in montebello that this place has had them. They are now up for sale or may have no ownership, but the clientele is not new immigrant chinese, and there is no demand to change to real Guangzhou or Shanghai style chun juan'r

again just fyi. let me know if it's good.
this is about five blocks east of the 710 on whittier, right near the home of peace and calvary cemeteries.

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  1. Just found this thread. Did anyone ever try out the eggrolls at Chung King Cafe?

    Mr Taster

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    1. re: Mr Taster

      No but I recently had the pork egg rolls on the newly redone menu at the P.F. Chang's in Irvine and, while not New York Nirvana, they were pretty darn close (for Los Angeles anyway) to those egg rolls of blessed memory--big, thick-skinned, slightly misshapen and mottled, crunchy cylinders with nice bits of pork (did not see any tiny shrimp, alas) studded among shredded cabbage and other vegetables. 2 for $4.95 or 4 for $7.95. I know they used to serve a good, fairly authetic, version at Ghengis Cohen on Fairfax but do not know if they still do.

    2. My friend just sent me a text the other day saying he found NY Egg rolls. He sent photos of the outside and inside and they looked pretty damn close.

      Genghis Cohen on Fairfax.

      They are sescribed on the menu as "NY Style Egg Rolls: Large egg rolls stuffed with shrimp, b.b.q. pork and vegetables."

      Genghis Cohen
      740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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      1. re: gr8pimpin

        A comprehensive effort to find NY-style egg rolls in LA a few years ago concluded that the version at Genghis Cohen, while only an "adequate approximation", was as good as it gets:

        1. re: Peripatetic

          Yeah, Genghis Cohen's -- they just don't look quite right to me either. I tried the ones at Green Apple China Bistro, touted as NY Egg Rolls. They were so enourmous, but no shrimp or bbq pork to be found, lacked green onion and taste. They were more like cabbage rolls.

          We used to make meals out of just egg rolls when I lived in Miami. Out here it's pathetic. When I first moved out here years ago, we thought the closest was Jack In The Box (LOL!) before they shrunk them down.

          Green Apple China Bistro
          12265 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

          1. re: gr8pimpin

            > Out here it's pathetic.

            A small price to pay for the bounty of amazing authentic Chinese offerings in the SGV!

            1. re: Peripatetic

              Ok, maybe you are right. You can't have it all :-)

      2. I haven't been there in a while, but the last time I was there, Twin Dragon on Pico had a pretty decent representation of NY egg rolls. There was pork and little shrimp,the wrapper was greasy, deep fried, and east coast like, but a little too peppery and a little too much cabbage....but they are better than the springs rolls typically found at most restaurants out here. I've been on the search for almost 15 years now and still long for my Wo Hop egg rolls, and I don't find the egg rolls at Genghis Cohen to be close enough to what I am looking for. I think I may have found Won Ton soup that is finally edible, but I won't post where yet, as I need to order it again just to be sure before I recommend it.....