Fu's Palace - 1970's American Chinese with Rumaki
Sometimes you just need a little rumaki to remind you of simpler times. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and found that the recipe was supposedly first found on a menu in the 1940’s at Don the Beachcomber in Palm Springs. It is also attributed to Trader Vic’s.
Rumaki was a big appetizer back in the 1960's and 1970’s in my family…. Except as a kid, I didn’t like the chicken liver part. So we stuck to mini pigs in a blanket. Now, though, I thoroughly enjoy rumaki, and was surprised to find it on the menu at Fu’s Palace.
You get enough in the appetizer order to use it as a main course, or appetizer for a group: Six large rolls, about an inch across each, piping hot with the bacon wrapped tight and crispy on the outside after deep-frying.
I would have preferred a little more water chestnut, but what was there was a good texture balance to the chicken liver. And the chicken liver was a very generous portion. Maybe that’s why I wanted more water chestnut. The crunch of the water chestnut, together with the dense earthy chicken liver and the salty bacon is best dipped in a sweet sauce to match the saltiness of the bacon.
Unfortunately, they served it with hot mustard, not sweet and sour sauce, as I think it should have been served. But the hot mustard was good, and we used the sweet dip provided with the fried appetizer noodles.
Dishes like the General Tso’s chicken, shrimp with lobster sauce and spicy chicken are also good versions at Fu's.
Fu’s Palace is the consummate 1970’s American Chinese restaurant. I’m glad to have it still around. It’s like an old pair of jeans that you don’t wear when you’re trying to impress, but they’re still a very comfortable fit.
8751 W Pico (East of Roberston)
8751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
When I lived around the Beverly Center, I sometimes had similar cravings. I usually got the rumaki at Twin Dragon on Pico. Your discription of Fu's is very similar to Twin Dragon, funny since they are within a few blocks of one another.
I don't know of any other places that have rumaki, but now I have a craving. I wonder if there is any place in the valley that serves it.