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selfportrait93 Nov 14, 2009 07:11 AM

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.

  1. ipsedixit Nov 14, 2009 01:07 PM

    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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      selfportrait93 Nov 14, 2009 03:13 PM

      Thanks, ipsedixit. That works for me.

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        Galen Nov 14, 2009 03:45 PM

        The Ranch 99 turkey is pretty tasty.

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          selfportrait93 Nov 14, 2009 03:51 PM

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

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            Galen Nov 14, 2009 06:56 PM

            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.

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              ipsedixit Nov 14, 2009 08:46 PM

              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.

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              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

    2. monku Nov 14, 2009 05:49 PM

      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.

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

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        altstarr Nov 17, 2009 10:28 AM

        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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          monku Nov 17, 2009 12:15 PM

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

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            catbert Nov 18, 2009 05:32 PM

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

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              altstarr Nov 25, 2009 06:30 PM

              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...

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                monku Nov 25, 2009 07:51 PM

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

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                  altstarr Nov 25, 2009 09:41 PM

                  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

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                    monku Nov 25, 2009 10:14 PM

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

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                      altstarr Nov 25, 2009 11:05 PM

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

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                        monku Nov 25, 2009 11:12 PM

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

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                      Chandavkl Nov 27, 2009 02:16 PM

                      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.

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                        monku Nov 27, 2009 04:52 PM

                        Do you think it was expensive to change the signage?

            2. maxzook Nov 17, 2009 12:34 PM

              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.

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                jacknhedy Nov 18, 2009 08:05 AM

                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...

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                  catbert Nov 18, 2009 05:30 PM

                  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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                    Professor Salt Nov 26, 2009 12:04 AM

                    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.

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                      selfportrait93 Nov 27, 2009 01:53 PM

                      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.

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