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Sam Woo's BBQ in Van Nuys (soup photo)

Hypnotic23 Feb 21, 2010 08:14 AM

One of the few really good Chinese restaurants in the Valley.

What blew my mind last night was the soup I ordered, see the photo I took.

This was $5.50, meat dumpling soup with BBQ pork




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    bulavinaka Feb 21, 2010 08:57 AM

    Outside of SGV, this place gets our respect. Whenever we've gone, about 90% of the patrons have always been Chinese. And what is off-putting to many non-Chinese/Panda Express eaters are the BBQ offerings that face the front door. The ducks scare off the less-initiated but are a total invite for those who can appreciate it.

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      selfportrait93 Feb 21, 2010 03:46 PM

      Looks like wonton with bbq pork soup. Sam Woo on Sepulveda and Victory is my go to for chinese in the Valley.

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      Dogbite Williams Feb 22, 2010 09:29 PM

      Based on that enticing photo and Hypnotic23's praise, I gave it a shot, even though Chinese food is among my least favorite ethnic foods.

      I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a lot of food in that bowl for which I was charged $6.75 before tax. Another point - even though they were called "meat" dumplings, they contained shrimp. Those with shellfish allergies should avoid that dish.

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      1. re: Dogbite Williams
        Hypnotic23 Feb 25, 2010 09:23 AM

        Glad you enjoyed it, I wasn't sure what the difference was between a Dumpling & Wonton as its your choice on which you order.

        Since I've had both, the only way I can describle it is the Dumpling is more filled with stuff and a thicker casing?

        Any input?

        1. re: Hypnotic23
          raytamsgv Feb 25, 2010 10:11 AM

          I agree with selfportait93: it's a wonton with BBQ pork soup. I think they call it a meat dumpling because it is easier for non-Chinese eaters to understand.

          1. re: raytamsgv
            Hypnotic23 Feb 25, 2010 02:53 PM

            your incorrect, as its listed seperately on the soup menu:

            -Won ton soup with dumplings
            -Won ton soup with wontons

            I've ordered both and they are different

            1. re: Hypnotic23
              raytamsgv Feb 25, 2010 03:05 PM

              Do you have access to the Chinese characters for these items? I have never heard of "won top" soup before.

              How does this dish differ in appearance from the "won top soup with wontons"?

            2. re: raytamsgv
              Hypnotic23 Feb 25, 2010 03:14 PM

              I just called the restaurant, this is what I was told about both soups:

              -Dumplings contain shrimp, meat, bamboo, and black fungai vegi
              Wontons contain just shrimp & pork

              Hope this helps,

              Stuart :>)

              1. re: Hypnotic23
                foodhappy Mar 1, 2010 11:22 AM

                Thank you so much for posting the picture of the soup. I tried it over the weekend, and it was AMAZING. Very generous and quite flavorful and abundant.

        2. Akitist Mar 1, 2010 12:59 PM

          Gotta give this a try when we're shopping next door. Any recs beyond the soup?

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          1. re: Akitist
            Jwsel Mar 1, 2010 01:13 PM

            I usually get take-out BBQ pork and roast duck. Both are very good.

            1. re: Jwsel
              bulavinaka Mar 1, 2010 10:04 PM

              The roast pork is quite good as well. Their fried rice dishes (salty fish, Yang Chow), Tan Chai (sp.) congee (jook, porridge), char siew wonton noodle, salt & pepper items.

              1. re: bulavinaka
                ipsedixit Mar 2, 2010 04:59 AM

                For the faint of heart ... get the Tomato Beef with Rice or the Vegetables with Fish Fillets over rice

                For the more adventurous ... Soy sauce duck feet or pig's blood congee (or both!)

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  bulavinaka Mar 2, 2010 07:37 PM

                  I'm still trying to build up the courage to get the duck tongues at Tasty Garden. :)

                  1. re: bulavinaka
                    raytamsgv Mar 3, 2010 08:51 AM

                    Think of it as avian lengua with a bone in it. :-)

                    1. re: raytamsgv
                      bulavinaka Mar 3, 2010 06:44 PM

                      LOLing! :)

            2. re: Akitist
              Hypnotic23 Mar 1, 2010 01:16 PM

              Yes, I love the Sweet & Pungent Shrimp as well as the Beef with Ginger & Onions, oh the House Chow Fun is a must, as well as all the calamari dishes. I forgot about all these since I'm all about the yummy soup! :>)

            3. caille en sarcophage Mar 1, 2010 11:40 PM

              I love that Sam Woo BBQ. It's the best Chinese in the Valley.

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