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Nov 11, 2009 07:02 PM

SGV Cajun Asian -- help me make a list so I can do a comparison

Cajsian? You know what I'm talking about... Before Boiling Crab opened up a couple years back LA didn't have any East Coast style seafood places.

The Boiling Crab looks like it should, tastes like it should, and it's cheap! I like to do takeout. Skip the long waiting line and loud music.

Driving down Valley Blvd the other day I noticed a few other Cajun Asian places. Anyone been? How do they compare? Please help me make a list. I got it started below:

The Boiling Crab
742 W Valley Boulevard
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 576-9368

8966 Garvey Ave
Ste C
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 573-2529

25 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-2888

Boiling Crab
742 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

Crabulous Restaurant
8966 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

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  1. Shopping center at 250 W. Valley in San Gabriel has two--Captain Crab and Fisherman's Wharf. Tried them both when they opened in the summer of 2008 and frankly I don't remember anything about either.

    1. The Boiling Crab does it better than both of your others listed. More depth of flavors and more spices in the bag, so if you have left overs you can have a Boiling Crab redux at home.

      Crabulous does have mussels on their menu and those came out really tasty.

      Boat House was OK, but I guess there was a reason it wasn't so crowded. A bit thin on spice.

      Boiling Crab
      14241 Euclid St # C116 Garden, Grove, CA

      Crabulous Restaurant
      8966 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

      The Boiling Crab
      14241 Euclid St Ste C116, Garden Grove, CA 92843

      10 Replies
      1. re: mpken

        But isn't Boat House the only one that has Cajun Fried Rice?

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Crabulous has Cajun Fried Rice.

          Crabulous Restaurant
          8966 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Ipse, can you (or anyone) here explain the origins of the Chinese/Cajun phenomenon? (or at least provide some context). The first time I encountered it was in summer 2006, in Shanghai. We were taken to a crawfish place by some locals, and I was just as puzzled then by the apparent randomness of the pairing as I am now. I'm curious if there's a storied history leading up to it (think the NY Chinese/Jews "celebrating" Christmas together) or is this just another imported fad? (e.g. Korean yogurt, etc.)

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Well, it was originally a Vietnamese Cajun phenomenon in Orange County, which became a Chinese Cajun one in the SGV.


              1. re: Chandavkl

                Mr. Taster,

                I'll defer to Chandavkl on this one ... I honestly have no idea.

              2. re: Mr Taster

                I believe the reason is the fact that there are a lot of Vietnamese immigrants living in the Gulf Coast states like Texas and Louisiana. Many worked as fishermen, as they did in Vietnam. Of course, crawfish boils are very popular there. Some eventually moved to Orange County and SGV, bringing the cuisine with them.

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  There is another possibility. After the emancipation of the slaves in the American South, Chinese laborers were brought to replace them. It might be possible that those people mixed Chinese and Cajun cuisines if they were in Louisiana. Here's a link for some general background:

                  1. re: raytamsgv

                    A large portion of the Cantonese who settled in the south left in the past generation, mostly moving to California. Really the only continuous Chinese population has been in Houston, where my dad grew up. In numerous visits to Houston over the decades there was never any kind of culinary fusion. Chinese food in Houston was like Chinese food in LA, just not as good.

                  2. re: Mr Taster

                    New Orleans was (and still is) a major port city; there have been generations of Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese communities living in Louisiana. The Spanish Galleons brought Filipinos in, Chinese shipping vessels came into port, especially after the Panama Canal opened, and Vietnamese, like Louisianans, share a common French colonial history.All of the three main Asian groups in Louisiana started with fishing/shrimping villages.

                2. re: Chandavkl

                  Hmmmm, might have to try the Cajun Fried Rice one of these days. Our visit was early on, towards Boat House's grand opening. Perhaps they've found their groove.