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Aug 23, 2012 12:49 PM

What can I get in LA that I can't get in San Francisco

I feel like this must have been posted here at some point, but can't find it.

Going to be down for the weekend soon, and in particularly looking for obscure ethnic food not available in the Bay Area

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      can you be specific? there's a glut of good cantonese food in the bay area, as well as some very good sichuan places

      1. re: vulber

        Northern Beijing foods (dumplings, meat pies, etc.)

        Shanghai food (XLB, water boiled fish)

        Taiwanese (stinky tofu, pork chop rice)

        In other words, both the quality and variety are better down here than up there. The only restaurant up north that consistently is better than anything in LA would be Koi Palace (original location).

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I'd also say that Jai Yun was the site of one of my favorite Chinese meals anywhere in the world. I don't know if there's anything in L.A. that's equivalent to it but then again, my L.A. Chinese meals is very cheap-eats oriented and I don't believe I've ever had an equivalent prix fixe-style Chinese meal here as what Jai Yun does.

          1. re: odub

            I think you are right there is no Jai Yun equivalent in LA, but if you combined Joss with Mission 261 you might come very close.

      1. The wonderful Park's BBQ in Koreatown. Some of the best cut of beef in the city.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Korean BBQ exists in SF - LA may be better overall but there are a couple good places in SF.

          There is no equivalent to YongSuSan in SF. I would go there instead for Kaesong cuisine.

          1. re: calumin

            There is no equivalent to YongSuSan in SF. I would go there instead for Kaesong cuisine.

            How about the YongSuSan in LA?


            1. re: ipsedixit

              I believe you've misinterpreted what calumin meant (that is to say; "SF has nothing to equal the food found at YongSuSan here in LA").

              1. re: Servorg

                Servorg -- right, that's what I meant to say. I wish they opened one up in SF!

          2. re: wienermobile

            How about non-BBQ Korean food? Mapo kkak doo gee, Ma Dang gooksoo, Yu Chun, Soban, etc. People like Seongbukdong, I don't but it might float your boat. Heck, I'd even try the Kogi truck if you happen to be around it, it's much better than the "real" Korean tacos from the Namu people(assault on my taste buds, blegh).

          3. Agree with Shanghainese food. Go to Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village

            Agree with Langer's and Park's BBQ

            I'll add:

            -High end sushi. Go to Mori or Shunji.

            -Persian food. Go to Shamshiri grill

            -Updated Singaporean food. Go to Spice Table. Get the fried cauliflower, lamb belly satay, beef rendang, kon loh mee

            -Red Medicine. Like a cross between Commonwealth, Atelier Crenn, and Slanted Door...but better.

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            1. re: Porthos

              Gasp, Porthos, not better than Atelier Crenn! I love RM and agree it is sort of like Commonwealth, but have to disagree that it's better than AC. Actually I think they're a little too different to compare side by side.

              1. re: baloney

                I meant Red Medicine would be like a cross between all 3 but better than said hyopthetical hybrid :)

                I loved Atelier Crenn. But I would have to say it is a bit too "molecular" for me. I prefer more "real" cooking. I think RM has that balance.

                1. re: Porthos

                  You know, after I posted, I thought about what you wrote and thought that's what you had meant. So my first post...moot!

                  I normally have a severe dislike of molecular cuisine but found AC to be such a thoughtful meal that I almost didn't even notice it.

            2. Good deli. Langers for pastrami.