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Shanghai Stir Fried Rice Cake

thisisrichard Nov 5, 2012 12:51 PM

Hi all --

Looking for Shanghai stir fried rice cake in Los Angeles. See photo for clarification (I do not own the photo). Preferably a place west of the 5, but any suggestions in San Gabriel and Monterey Park would be great.

I'm looking for other options because I had it at Emperor Noodle and loved it.

  1. Porthos Nov 5, 2012 08:49 PM

    Jin Jiang-the version with blue crab
    Din Tai Fung-standard version

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    1. re: Porthos
      Ciao Bob Nov 7, 2012 08:01 PM

      The place on Santa Monica Blvd and Sepulveda, Porthos? Surprised anything is good there.

      1. re: Ciao Bob
        ipsedixit Nov 7, 2012 08:04 PM

        No, the place next to Mei Long Village.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Ciao Bob Nov 8, 2012 10:49 AM

          Ipse, thanks for the clarification.

          1. re: Ciao Bob
            Chandavkl Nov 8, 2012 12:49 PM

            A.K.A. J & J Restaurant

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      will47 Nov 5, 2012 06:11 PM

      With the disclaimer that I last visited in 2009, I thought the one at Shanghai Restaurant in Focus Plaza 2nd floor was excellent, and had the best texture of almost any of the places I've been (other food was good, but this dish in particular stood out here). You could also try Shanghai Yu Yuan (Yu Garden) on Valley. In Shanghai, niangao can be purchased freshly cut (using a guillotine type device). As best I know, none of the places here use freshly cut niangao, but I'd be interested if someone has information saying otherwise. Even so, the texture is very important - it shouldn't be either too mushy or too hard, and I think it shouldn't be too chalky either. I think Din Tai Fung gets the flavor right, but not so much the texture.

      In addition to the style that's pictured above, I also recommend trying the version with jìcài (荠菜; shepherd's purse), which usually has pork strips and / or bamboo shoots in it. Jicai is very common in Shanghainese cooking, and even though it isn't usually easily available fresh here, this is a variant I like quite a bit (even ordered vegetarian, without the meat). Some places, like Chang's Garden, do this version with xuecai instead of jicai. I don't know where has a good rendition, but I also like it in a soup with napa cabbage.

      1. raytamsgv Nov 5, 2012 04:44 PM

        You can find this dish pretty much in any Shanghai-style restaurant. Ipsedixit has a pretty good list of some restaurants.

        1. Ciao Bob Nov 5, 2012 02:50 PM

          West of the 5 - ROC Star Dumpling has what sounds lke SRC on the menu...see picture below


          1. ipsedixit Nov 5, 2012 01:55 PM

            Mei Long Village
            Din Tai Fung
            JIn Jiang
            Shanghai No. 1 Seafood
            Giang Nan
            Mama's Lu
            Chang's Garden

            ... take your pick.

            (There's probably ten others I'm forgetting right now.)

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              J.L. Nov 5, 2012 03:39 PM

              年糕 (Nian Gao)!

              My top 2 vote-getters go to Mei Long Village and Din Tai Fung as well.

              1. re: J.L.
                thisisrichard Nov 11, 2012 07:08 PM

                My wife and I went to Mei Long Village today and the rice cakes were delicious.

                Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!

                1. re: thisisrichard
                  J.L. Nov 11, 2012 07:38 PM

                  Thanks for reporting back! While you're at Mei Long Village, get the "lion's head" pork meatballs as well.

                  1. re: J.L.
                    ipsedixit Nov 11, 2012 07:44 PM

                    Beg to differ.

                    Get the pork pump instead.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      J.L. Nov 11, 2012 11:10 PM

                      Heck, get both!!!

              2. re: ipsedixit
                JThur01 Nov 12, 2012 09:26 AM

                How about Mrs. Lu's version at Dean Sin World?

                1. re: JThur01
                  ipsedixit Nov 12, 2012 09:27 AM

                  I rarely get it there, if ever. Better options abound.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    JThur01 Nov 12, 2012 09:27 AM

                    Roger. ...is Giang Nan still open?

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