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Nov 6, 2011 08:28 AM

Chinese Turkey Meal/Package to go

Who sells the Chinese Turkey with all the fixins in Chinatown or San Gabriel? I sort of remember someone saying Sam Woo's? Any other places that do it or do it better? Thanks

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

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    1. And isn't there a place in Pasadena that does this too? I've love to know about both!

      1. Sam Woo or any of the other Chinese HK style restaurants like 888, Ocean Star, NBC, etc.

        Chinese markets will also do them for you, e.g. Ranch 99.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          All the places that have the BBQ section. This weekend I saw signs at U2 Cafe and Capital Seafood. Question is which has the best for the price.

          1. re: luckattack

            try their duck. they're likely to make the turkey in the same manner so that's the best way to find out.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I have a question. Will the restaurants (Sam Woo, U2, etc.) have turkey with rice in individual servings Thanksgiving weekend? In other words, can one sample this without buying the whole turkey?

            And where can I find a cranberry tea in the SGV? :-)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Wow, so nothing other than whole turkey take-out/pick-up?

                I'd love to try this out, but don't have enough family members to spring for the whole bird.

                  1. re: happybaker

                    Yes, it does...and quite nicely. However, there are also budgetary constraints.

                    I have to do everything on the cheap.

                    1. re: JThur01

                      Totally understand.

                      Go to Fresh and Easy and get their jenny o turkey for 59ยข a pound. Presalt it in the fridge for a day or two after it has thawed, add some veggies and rolls (and/or salad) and you've got a dinner for 6- 8 for under $30. Have the folks who say "What can I bring?" add the pie and wine : )

                      1. re: JThur01

                        Call Ranch 99's deli and ask if they have chopped-up turkey on Thanksgiving day. I don't remember if they do or not. For sure they have it the day after. I make it a point to get some every year because it's so delicious from there.

                        1. re: Galen

                          That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for Galen. I was wondering if any Chinese restaurants did the same with their turkey (or unsold turkeys).

                1. re: JThur01

                  I think some, if not most of the Chinese buffets serve turkey on Thanksgiving night. Not sure what kind of trimmings accompany.

              2. can you please explain what this means for the folks who have never heard of such a thing.

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                1. re: NYCnowLA

                  Basically a Chinese interpretation on the traditional Thanksgiving take-out dinner set that you would normally get from a supermarket like Ralphs, Vons, Whole Foods, etc.

                  What makes it different? No stuffing, but you get sticky rice (a la Zongzi). Turkey takes on a good hint of soy sauce. Etc.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Remember though that alternative versions of turkey are oddly popular throughout Taiwan. Turkey/rice restaurants abound. (I have yet to see one here, but perhaps it's just a matter of time?) Shades of Hainan chicken rice...

                        For example

                        Mr Taster

                    1. 99 ranch, mission 261, full house in arcadia, bbq joints that sell roast duck (the one across from lee's sandwich in sg had a sign past years and of course there's sam woo).... there's probably more, i just don't go out as much anymore to be able to answer.

                      i don't know who does it best. i've only had it from the old sam woo in rh that is now gone (leung kee is not on par imho). i've read and been told mix reviews about 99 ranch and sam woo. i'm curious if monterey palace would do it. one year we were tempted by mission 261, but they will cook it like their ducks. their ducks are brined, so to us, it was too salty but talking to them, they seem to only order a set number of turkeys and sell out. although, no clue how much of that is an exaggeration since they are in the business to get business. they're on the pricier side since they're more upscale. i think full house would be similar since i find their food sickly salty.

                      probably not much help. sorry. just thought i'd give some input.