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Monterey Park Sam Woo Gone?

Chandavkl Jul 13, 2011 05:22 PM

A usually reliable informant just called to say that the Monterey Park Sam Woo is now something else. No further details except that it appeared to be bustling with a large number of workers and customers. If somebody can confirm this before my next SGV trip it would be appreciated.

Sam Woo Cafe
727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

  1. TonyC Jul 13, 2011 05:34 PM



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    1. re: TonyC
      K K Jul 13, 2011 07:25 PM

      Sham Tseng....named after a place in Hong Kong (New Territories area to be exact) that has historically been very famous for restaurants that specialize in roast goose. People would flock there after hours and feast on geese with beer (amongst other stir fry plates).

    2. Porthos Jul 13, 2011 09:20 PM

      With that closing, does that leave LA without a Sam Woo? That's one thing OC has over LA when it comes to Chinese food I guess.

      Sam Woo Irvine is an excellent one to have remaining. The roast duck and everything else I've found superior to the Moneterey Park version anyways.

      Sam Woo Restaurant
      15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604

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      1. re: Porthos
        hhewitt Jul 13, 2011 09:37 PM

        Last I checked, the Sam Woo at Sepulveda & Victory in Van Nuys is still open, and that's LA (both City and County).

        1. re: hhewitt
          Porthos Jul 13, 2011 09:45 PM

          Forgot about that one. Any others?

        2. re: Porthos
          Chandavkl Jul 13, 2011 09:50 PM

          As far as restaurants calling themselves Sam Woo,I think there's still 2 Sam Woos in San Gabriel, one in Alhambra, and one in Cerritos. Also my understanding is that the former Sam Woos in Chinatown and Rowland Heights were just name changes, cf. my previous comments on changing restaurant names in other posts.

          Sam Woo Cafe
          727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. re: Chandavkl
            Mr Taster Jul 13, 2011 09:55 PM

            I've been remiss... we unwittingly bought Sham Tseng charsiu before they changed the sign last weekend. This weekend They were still giving out Sam Woo takeout menus. We asked the lady at the register where Sam Woo was, and she said "I don't know. He's on a plane."

            (pause for laughter)

            We went back this weekend and the Grand Opening plants were lining the windows and the sign changeover was official. Last week's Sham Tseng BBQ pork was tasty enough, so we went back again to buy a piece.

            For comparison's sake, we bought a hunk o' pork from the Sam Woo in Focus Plaza. By the time we got there, all that was left was the bits. But tasty bits they were... with a deeper flavor, richer color, and better seasoning than Sham Tseng.

            However, don't get me wrong. Sam's the man, but Sham'll do in a pinch.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              Chandavkl Jul 13, 2011 10:49 PM

              There used to be a Sam Woo in Costa Mesa and one of the local restaurant reviews, possibly from the Orange County Business Journal, did keep referring to Sam the man.

              Sam Woo Cafe
              727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            2. re: Chandavkl
              Porthos Jul 13, 2011 10:14 PM

              There are 2 more Sam Woos in Irvine...for completeness sake.

              Sam Woo Restaurant
              15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604

              1. re: Porthos
                Chandavkl Jul 13, 2011 10:51 PM

                I would also mention the Sam Woo in Las Vegas, except that the last time I did the mods moved the entire thread to the Chains board, presumably because we had crossed state lines. And perish the thought of mentioning Sam Woo in Toronto.

                Sam Woo Cafe
                727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              2. re: Chandavkl
                ipsedixit Jul 14, 2011 08:11 PM

                Sam Woo in Alhambra is still going strong.

                As greasy and good as ever.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  granadafan Jul 16, 2011 10:27 AM

                  Yup, I drove by the Sam Woo on Valley Blvd in Alhambra yesterday.

                2. re: Chandavkl
                  pharmnerd Jul 16, 2011 06:48 AM

                  Cerritos one still lives, with to-go only BBQ/take-out on one side.

                3. re: Porthos
                  matikin9 Jul 15, 2011 10:10 AM

                  There's also a Sam Woo on Las Tunas, right? I swear I just ate there last week...

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