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Jun 16, 2006 05:11 PM

Sam Woo BBQ

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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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  1. Stir-fried pork's blood.

    Winter melon soup

    Chow fun

    Roast duck

    Soy-sauce chicken

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    1. re: ipse dixit

      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.

      1. re: ipse dixit

        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

      2. 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

          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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          1. re: El Touchstone

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

          2. 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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            1. re: ray tam

              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.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                1. re: hch_nguyen

                  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.

                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                  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.

                  1. re: voodoochild

                    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.

              2. 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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                1. re: Stuart

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

                  1. re: K

                    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.

                  2. re: Stuart

                    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!