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Sam Woo Turkey

I saw a poster at Sam Woo Sepulveda accepting pre ordered Thanksgiving Turkey for about $40. Has anyone ever tried it from previous years (other branches included)? Or, any suggestions on "chinese style" turkey from other restaurants in SGV or chinatown will be appreciated.

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  1. It's ok. I think our neighbors always order one from either Sam Woo or 99 Ranch.

    Definitely different than traditional turkeys. Strong star anise and soy sauce flavor, reminds me of the Sam Woo soy sauce chicken, and you get glutinous rice stuffing.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks, ipsedixit. That works for me.

      1. re: selfportrait93

        The Ranch 99 turkey is pretty tasty.

        1. re: Galen

          Galen, I will ask 99 Ranch also since they are just next to Sam Woo in Van Nuys.

          1. re: selfportrait93

            The Van Nuys branch was the one I tried. I go after T-Day every year to the deli and they have leftover turkey in their deli that they sell chopped up. Really tasty.

            1. re: Galen

              99 Ranch also sells there leftover turkeys beginning the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. If I recall correctly it was something like 40% off the regular price, or buy one get one free.

              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

    2. CBS Seafood in Chinatown is selling Thanksgiving turkeys, don't think it comes with any sides. Not sure of the price, but I'm sure it's competitive.

      CBS Seafood
      700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. I'm also looking at getting a turkey from Sam Woo or some of the other Chinese BBQ places in Chinatown or the SGV. From looking at reports online, it seems some of them are cooked like Chinese Roast Duck. However, it appears that there is some high risk of the white meat coming out too dry. Some reports have the BBQ restaurant providing the turkey and others have BBQ restaurant cooking for a fee the turkey you provide.

        Does anyone have good personal experience with this and with specific location recommendations? If it's too dry and I have a house full of people, it will be too late to recover....

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        1. re: altstarr

          No experience with turkeys, but if the chicken or duck breasts aren't dry I doubt the turkey breast will be dry.

          1. re: altstarr

            where did you find this info? i'd like to know of some of the places that let you bring your own turkey.

            1. re: catbert

              Sorry for the late response. Most of the Chinatown and San Gabriel BBQ places selling BBQ Turkeys - I found Sam Woo in Chinatown to do my 19 lb turkey for $18...

              1. re: altstarr

                You mean Hong Kong BBQ, formerly Sam Woo BBQ?
                803 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (213) 687-7238

                1. re: monku

                  No it's the Sam Woo BBQ Express buried inside the Mall with Ten Ren Tea.

                  Sam Woo BBQ Express
                  727 N. Broadway Suite #111
                  Los Angeles, CA 90012
                  (213) 687-3763

                  1. re: altstarr

                    Didn't even know there was such a place as Sam Woo BBQ Express there.
                    Is it just a take-out BBQ place?

                    1. re: monku

                      There are about 5 or 6 tables with a simplified Sam Woo type menu.

                      1. re: altstarr

                        Thought I knew Chinatown...I'll be sure to check it out.

                    2. re: altstarr

                      Actually, it's the SAN WOO BBQ Express. It was indeed a Sam Woo BBQ Express until they sold it about 10 years ago, whereupon it was rechristened San Woo.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Do you think it was expensive to change the signage?

            2. Many years ago I had maybe the best turkey I've ever had, from a Chinese restaurant in Danbury, CT (don't remember the name -- long since gone, I have to assume) that prepared it "Peking Duck style".

              If anything, ipsedixit's description of Sam Woo-style turkey sounds even better.

              1. always been curious, likewise. the description, as ipsedixit posted, definitely looks very tantalizing. my only concern has been the ride home. even the delectable duck sam woo sells just doesn't taste as great...

                1. cool. i was going to start a thread on asian turkeys, but you kinda beat me to it. hope others reply with more places....

                  anyways, i've had turkey from sam woo a long time ago when they were open in rowland heights. now they're leung kee (horrible and highly not recommended). anyways, back then, it was pretty good. although like a lot of their bbq stuff, (cooked like their roast duck) it is on the greasy side. you can buy with or without sticky rice.

                  i know the sam woo in sg on las tunas offered turkeys the year before. i would have gotten from there, but they've gone drastically down over the year so i don't know anymore if it'd be really tasty.

                  i saw that the bbq restaurant across from lee's sandwich and wendy's on valley in sg advertise that they are doing turkeys but i don't know how good they are. never been there, always just drove past. sorry i can't provide a name. i'm trying to find it on yelp, but that ain't workin for me. anyone know?

                  someone told me that mission 261 offers turkey. not sure nor how good. someone?

                  btw, has anyone gotten the turkey from the 99 ranch in either rowland heights or sg? i'd like to know how it was since some mentioned from the other locations.

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                  1. re: catbert

                    Mission 261 has been closed for almost two years now, albeit with stalled plans to reopen as a hotel / restaurant complex. You can cross that one off your list for the foreseeable future.

                    1. re: Professor Salt

                      I ended up ordering my Thanksgiving turkey from the deli inside 99 Ranch Van Nuys.
                      Everyone in the family including myself were very satisfied with it. It reminded me of the roasted duck available in chinese delis minus the fat. The turkey was tasty and came with sticky rice stuffing that got its fragrance from bamboo leaves, star anise and soy sauce. The gravy, I thought was too sweet. For $40, it was well worth it.