10 Most Challenging Dishes - so where's L.A.'s best duck tongues, chitterling, intestine, natto dish, durian item, etc.
This list that appeared in the NYC's Village Voice:
...it inspired me to ask Chowhounds where one could find L.A.'s versions of these, and the best and most unique local variations.
Natto - I've heard of Japanese breakfast places in Gardena and okonomiyaki places that feature natto.
Durian - I've seen pastries, cookies, milkxhakes/smoothies, but fritters?
Pork Chitterlings - best? I know several SGV places have it.
Duck Tongues - best?
Pork Intestine w/ Duck Blood - I know of many intestine dishes in the SGV, and duck blood in Little Saigon, but I haven't seen the two combined. Pig blood, yes, duck blood, no. I'll even take best intestine dishes here.
Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Have at it...
Several dim sum places in SGV have deep fried durian puff on the menu. Sea Harbour for sure, and I think King Hua as well.
Dunno about "best", as they don't come seasoned, but Road To Seoul Korean BBQ you can order small as well as large intestines to grill at your table.
King Hua Restaurant
2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
You need to head down to Orange County, then... go to Tri-Village and have the "5 a.m. Chitterlings" (Chinese name is 五更肠旺: wǔ gēng cháng wàng). Pork intestines, pork blood cubes, tofu, suancai (fermented cabbage) in a brown sauce served bubbling over a tabletop burner. Absolutely delicious, too.
sushigirlie, yes I've had no trouble finding natto at sushi bars, though once had a sushi chef refuse to make a cut-roll as he didn't want the stuff on his knife :-) I've also picked it up at Asian markets. I was wondering about some other variations on it. Thanks for the reply.
And thanks bulavinaka for the reply.
Any CHers familiar with the So. Bay? Japanese places in Gardena, Torrance, etc. that offer natto options?
Last I checked (which admittedly was a long time ago), Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi had a natto salad, and Italian Tomato in the Mitsuwa food court had natto spaghetti.
The one time I tried durian (in Shanghai), it was wrapped in some kind of pastry made to resemble a purse of straw, and served hot.
Mon Land Hot Pot and Amrose both have pork intestines and duck blood on their menu (which you can order and combine on your own). Given the choice, I prefer blood from a swine.
And, fyi, Mon Land also has lots of other goodies, like rooster testicles.
Best duck tongue is probably at Elite.
Best pork chitterlings (or more technically correct, pork bung) that I've had recently was at Chuan Yu Noodles. A plate of pickled chitterlings and a big bowl of dan dan mian is just oh so perfect.
Dunno if it was the best, but one of the more inventive durian creations was the Durian Bread Bowl (a la Taiwanese brick toast). It was a croissant type bread bowl, filled with a durian, cream cheese, sour cream, taro and some heavy cream or creme fraiche. Sweet, salty and tangy and just perfectly malodorous for non-believers.
I'd definitely be interested in goat eye balls ... in a taco or otherwise. Sam Woo will sometimes have pig eyeballs, but goat? I'd be down for that.