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Sam Woo BBQ

SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 05:11 PM

I plan on going to Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra for the first time this weekend and would appreciate some recommendations. Thanks in advance!

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    ipse dixit RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 05:26 PM

    Stir-fried pork's blood.

    Winter melon soup

    Chow fun

    Roast duck

    Soy-sauce chicken

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      Das Ubergeek RE: ipse dixit Apr 24, 2007 07:48 AM

      If you get the soy sauce chicken, make sure to ask for the ginger-and-scallion oil that they have. It's a traditional accompaniment but for some reason some of the Sam Woo shops don't give it out unless you ask.

      Also get "pay dan sau yook jook", which is rice porridge with century eggs and stringy pork.

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        Lightsuprooms RE: ipse dixit Apr 24, 2007 08:19 AM

        get the duck most definately.. their BBQ items are awesome.... I haven't been in forever.. but SamWoo kept me fed while I was going to CSULA

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        Xericx RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 05:55 PM

        House special chow mein crispy fried noodles
        Congee with Century Egg
        Honey Walnut shrimp

        It seems we order this stuff EVERYtime there......the soy sauce chicken is good too.....

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          El Touchstone RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 06:30 PM

          The pork chops with spicy salt are killer. Very thin pork chops pan fried with an amazing spice combo of diced garlic, chopped chiles, etc.

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            kotatsu RE: El Touchstone Jun 16, 2006 06:48 PM

            this is a very strong rec. one of my faves, as well! i also like the eggplant that comes in a covered casserole dish.

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            ray tam RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 06:53 PM

            Try the beef chow fun with black bean and bell pepper sauce (cooked wet style).

            The Roast Duck is good.

            Roast pork is pretty good. Ask for a "siu nam". This is a leaner portion of the pig.

            If you order congee, order something called "yow ja gway". It's a long, thick piece of fried dough.

            I apologize for the phoneticizations--I usually don't remember the English names.

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              Das Ubergeek RE: ray tam Apr 24, 2007 07:50 AM

              Yau ja gwai are usually just sold as "Chinese donuts" or "twin donuts". They're like a foot and a half long and three or four inches wide. You tear off bits and dunk it in your porridge. I don't actually like them with congee, I only order them if I have something sweet to dip them in like hot soy milk.

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                hch_nguyen RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 24, 2007 07:53 AM

                I refuse to eat congee without yau ja gwai....it's like a salad without croutons....just not the same....or soup without crackers...I need that crunchy contrast...

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: hch_nguyen Apr 24, 2007 08:52 AM

                  Oddly enough, I don't like croutons on salad or crackers in soup (usually) -- so it may be a preference thing. I'd rather get the calories from something tasty like da bing or one of the dim sum items.

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                  voodoochild RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 24, 2007 04:00 PM

                  wait--are you talking Chinese breakfast? And if so, can you get it from Sam Woo? The only Chinese breakfast place I knew was in El Segundo and was called "Leave Me Alone." It closed a few years ago and I've been pining for Chinese breakfast ever since.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: voodoochild Apr 24, 2007 06:01 PM

                    You can get it from them but they don't open until after breakfast hours. There's plenty of places in LA to get Chinese breakfast, though -- including Anaheim.

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                Stuart RE: SoCal Foodie Jun 16, 2006 09:10 PM

                Is the spot on Sepulveda in Van Nuys the same part of this restaurant? If so I will have to try some of these dishes?


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                  K RE: Stuart Jun 17, 2006 12:03 AM

                  Sam Woo is a loosely licensed name. They aren't franchises or really similar except in name.

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                    pinpei RE: K Apr 23, 2007 11:59 PM

                    Sam Woo is not a person's name (e.g. Samuel Woo); it just sounds that way in English. Sam, in Cantonese, is the number three. Woo is (and this is loose) harmony. Sam Woo = Three Harmonies.

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                    SauceSupreme RE: Stuart Apr 24, 2007 12:39 AM

                    The Sam Woo in Van Nuys is a lesser rendition of other locales, if only because of the lack of competition (no other decent Chinese in the valley). Plus, if I'm in the 99 Ranch shopping complex, I'd rather eat at Pho So 1 anyway!

                  3. hch_nguyen RE: SoCal Foodie Apr 24, 2007 06:24 AM

                    I've only been to the Sam Woo in Costa Mesa. We always get the Honey Walnut Shrimp and the sizzling rice soup. We've tried other things, but those for me were the stand-outs we keep coming back to....

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                      yum4fun RE: SoCal Foodie Apr 24, 2007 07:39 AM

                      beef chow mein and beef chow fun

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                        gsltvl RE: SoCal Foodie Apr 24, 2007 06:40 PM

                        I love tofu and must say that Sam Woo's does it right for me. I love their deep fried stuffed tofu. My personal fave is the spicy salt tofu. A must for every visit.

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