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May 25, 2005 01:27 AM

POLL: Who makes the best pork chop rice?

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Pork chop rice - who makes the best?

You know, the ubiquitous lunch plate special you find at any number of SGV chinese dives. Mound of rice, fried pork chop (usually marinated with some combination of star anise, soy sauce, etc.), and garnished with pickled cabbage (or radish), sliced "yellow stained" daikon, and maybe a tea egg.

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  1. Have you tried SinBaLa yet? Think they have the best pork chop rice, squid geng, and homemade Chinese sauasage.

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    1. re: Robert Lu

      where is sinbala? I've been frequenting beef noodle king on garvey for the past few months for pork chop rice. Of course, it's the noodles that are king there.

      1. re: gsun

        This looks like the place.

        651 W. Duarte Rd. #F
        Arcadia, CA 91007

      2. re: Robert Lu

        I "love" their homemade sausages, but pork chop? Not so much.

      3. Din Tai Fung makes a tasty version...

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          1. Shau May in Rowland Heights. Their Pork Chop combo is not for the faint of heart. Piled high on a bento box, the rice (enough for 2 people) is covered with ground meat sauce, then topped with an enormous piece of pork chop. Comes with soup and 2 more sides (generally some marinated pig's ears and seaweed).

            Their pork chop is rustic, not the white center cut lean meat type, deep fried, slightly sweet with a nice 5 spice flavor and a bit on the fatty side. Totally peasant but so good. As completely different from Din Tai Fung as night and day.

            1. If you are looking for a specific style of pork chop rice i.e. the type they serve in taipei
              at Jin Yuan Pai Gu House ... then the place to go would be in diamond plaza in rowland heights (get off fullerton off the 60 and you will see the plaza, drive to the very end). The restaurant is located next to "old country cafe" to the left if facing "old country cafe"- it's only open for lunch and not always open, the same place is actually a taiwanese pub in the evenings. They just rent it. These people are the same owners from the Jin Yuan Pai Gu place in Taipei. Ironically, it's not the pork chop rice that they are known for but actually the pork chop noodle soup that is famous in Taipei but both are really good. I've spoken to the owner, it's the real thing. They don't serve anything else - just pork chop, pork chop rice, pork chop noodle, possibly chicken thigh rice, and some small side dishes. the menu might be in chinese but can't forget. Cash only. The only place better than this is to go back to taipei. This style is different from the type you'd get at Sin Ba Le and other places .. so it's worth a try. not expensive either.

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              1. re: RSfoodie

                "so it's worth a try. not expensive either."


                Hardly. I don't need to pay $7.50 (as of last year) for pork chop rice when I can get as good if not better for much less.

                Different? Yes. Better? Not necessarily.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  ipsedixit (the one without the space),

                  Care to be more helpful than negative and suggest a place or two?

                  I'd apply that request to many of your postings here. Thank you.

                  1. re: Public_Offender

                    Old Country Cafe (in Alhambra, diagonally across the street from The Hat) makes the best pork chop rice in the SGV in my opinion.

                    (By the way ipse dixit = ipsedixit. The changeoever to didn't allow me to maintain the space without an underscore, which I did not want).

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      So you were snippy about a suggestion that was in response to your own query. Why would you solicit opinions from others just to shoot them down, especially if you already hold such a clear opinion? It renders the thread useless for those of us actually interested in what others have to say.

                      1. re: Public_Offender

                        The original post was made over four years ago. It's quite possible ipsedixit has since formed an opinion on the matter...

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        How does Won Won Kitchen's rate? When I've been in there, it was on - or on it's way to arriving - at 80% of the tables.

                        Interestingly, in all my visits to Old Country, I've only seen one or two plates of pork chop rice while a huge number of people eat the fried chicken rice.

                        1. re: JThur01

                          Won Won's is good, but everytime I go there it's always oyster omelet and the black pepper chicken rice for me.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Sorry to hear you found it expensive. Like I said, this is a very specific type of pai gu fan that we grew up if you are from taipei and grew up there. There are many different varieties even in taipei. Apparently, the restaurant has now moved over to another plaza. not sure if it's the same owner.

                        1. re: RSfoodie

                          Can you give some detail on where it moved to and if it has a name? Thanks!