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Langer's Pastrami, What's the Secret?

bernardo Jul 12, 2012 06:41 PM

Our OC gang of 7 made the holy pilgrimage last Tu and the pastrami was simply incredible (#1, 10, 19, plain & others), giving the lie to whiners and snivelers on previous threads. When Norm came over to chat and we asked about coming to OC he laughed it off, as we assume he is wont to do.
So, in between pilgrimages any suggestions for imitating Langer's pastrami at home? We have Komodo and Weber grills and several kinds of ovens and smokers. The bread has us puzzled too, nothing we've seen in OC comes close other than perhaps that at the late Tommy Pastrami's. Don't try this at home?

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    granadafan RE: bernardo Jul 12, 2012 08:05 PM

    Haha. Good luck. I applaud your challenge.

    1. A5 KOBE RE: bernardo Jul 12, 2012 08:07 PM

      My best advice would be to go to Langer's, eat and then buy some bread and pastrami to go and assemble them at home.

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        latindancer RE: bernardo Jul 12, 2012 08:09 PM

        He is a very smart businessman...in every single aspect.
        Love the fact he's where he's at and won't branch out.
        Good luck :).

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          selfportrait93 RE: bernardo Jul 12, 2012 09:55 PM

          If you patiently search the Los Angeles Board, someone mentioned a supplier that Langers buy their Pastrami from. Meanwhile, their bread comes from a bakery in Tarzana. Perhaps this will be a good starting point for you to explore.

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            emily RE: selfportrait93 Jul 13, 2012 11:28 AM

            Bea's Bakery in Tarzana.

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              mike0989 RE: selfportrait93 Jul 13, 2012 11:52 AM

              Bread is also baked\toasted a second time to give it that little bit of crust.

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              JudiAU RE: bernardo Jul 13, 2012 03:28 PM

              You can buy the bread and unsliced ol' lump of pastrami at Langers, drive it home to OC, heat it up and serve it to your guests.

              But good pastrami is complex and great pastrami is a miracle. Expect to be dissappointed.

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