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CHAR SIU by the Pound in LA

SilverlakeGirl Jan 16, 2013 04:13 PM

I need some Char Siu for a recipe.

Any idea where I can find it by the pound in LA. Preferably anywhere from Downtown to Santa Monica.

The Chinese BBQ places I used to know in Chinatown have closed one by one, and I now buy most of my Asian goods at ABC on Sunset or by slipping into a market in Chinatown.


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    selfportrait93 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 16, 2013 04:21 PM

    All the chinese restaurants with take-out should have them hanging together with their roast duck and pig. In Chinatown, SamWoo/ Hongkong BBQ, CBS, ABC to name some

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      granadafan RE: selfportrait93 Jan 16, 2013 09:50 PM

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but char siu isn't hung up but in pans of juice in LA. In the Bay Area, it's hung up next to the roasted pig and ducks.

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        ipsedixit RE: granadafan Jan 16, 2013 09:52 PM

        Both actually.

        Some have slabs of the stuff hanging as well as chafing dishes of the stuff in the steam table area.

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          granadafan RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2013 09:56 PM

          Thanks Ips. I knew I could count on you. Which ones in the Alhambra/ Monterey Park area have the char siu hanging?

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      Clinton RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 16, 2013 07:27 PM

      There are several BBQ places on Broadway and Hill Streets north of Sunset. Look for the hanging ducks and roast pigs in the windows. Sam Woo and Lien Hoa would be good starts?

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        SilverlakeGirl RE: Clinton Jan 17, 2013 02:13 AM

        I will look again. In fact I'll park and explore the area closely.

        So much has changed in Chinatown over the years that the BBQ places I used to go to are simply gone. In fact, after my favorite Kowloon Market and Ranch 99 closed, it is hard to find a general market.

        There is one up around Alpine I'm going to check when I find parking easily.

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          TripleAxel RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 18, 2013 02:51 AM

          The largest general supermarket in Chinatown these days is Ai Hoa on Hill Street just south of College Street (with the entrance to the parking lot off College between Hill and Broadway).

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        jasongg06 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 16, 2013 07:58 PM

        they're everywhere. still a ton in chinatown, sgv, etc.

        1. ipsedixit RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 16, 2013 08:29 PM

          How is char siu sold other than by the pound?

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            SilverlakeGirl RE: ipsedixit Jan 17, 2013 01:26 AM

            Prepared in a dish?

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              jasongg06 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 08:14 AM

              they are usually sold by weight

              what do you mean "prepared in a dish"? you mean with rice?

              i'm not sure how you ordered in the past.

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                JAB RE: jasongg06 Jan 17, 2013 08:20 AM

                If sitting in as opposed to taking it out.

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                  SilverlakeGirl RE: jasongg06 Jan 17, 2013 10:03 AM

                  Actually, I was responding to Ipse even though it does not say so.

                  I am preparing a recipe and need to buy by weight.

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                    jasongg06 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 10:23 AM

                    ah i see. Well the way it works, if you order from the counter vs sitting down, is that they sell the cuts by weight.

                    i'm also quite certain that if you order sitting in, it's also cut by weight, as the prices are similar, they just don't say it out right.

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                      SilverlakeGirl RE: jasongg06 Jan 17, 2013 03:12 PM

                      My usual way of ordering is to go to Sam Woo. They used to have a BBQ deli in Chinatown with ducks, chickens and various pork products hanging in the window. And that has been the case in every Chinese BBQ place that I have encountered. Sam Woo is now a restaurant and it just never occurred to me to buy it from the resto.

                      I just don't want to drive to SGV at the price of gasoline these days.

                      I'll probably go Sunday and was actually hoping I could find flat rice noodles either sliced or unsliced nearby. If the market next to Alpine has them, it's a go. Or I will have to go to one of the Thai markets in Thai Town.

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                        Papuli RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 06:24 PM

                        Sam Woo/Hong Kong still has the same setup. I've bought it there before by the pound.

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              Jwsel RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 01:31 AM

              It's not in your area, but for someone opening this thread for future reference, Sam Woo BBQ in Van Nuys sells Char Siu by the pound (as well as roast duck).

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                ns1 RE: Jwsel Jan 17, 2013 02:00 PM

                Was just coming in to post this. Might be closer than SGV.

              2. raytamsgv RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 01:54 PM

                You can probably buy them at any restaurant that serves char siu even if you don't see them hanging around. But I'm sure it would be more expensive at a dim sum restaurant than a Cantonese BBQ restaurant.

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                  Sam D. RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 17, 2013 03:52 PM

                  I think you can find the rice noodles you need at LAX-C. They prrobably have 40 different varieties there. It's on Main St. just outside of Chinatown.

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                    miteymike RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 18, 2013 10:49 AM

                    what are you trying to put together?

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                      bulavinaka RE: SilverlakeGirl Jan 20, 2013 11:49 AM

                      Does anyone know of char siu that is roasted/smoked in a wood oven? The most memorable char siu I've had is from (of all places) Trader Vic's in DTLA. I hadn't been to one since the 80s until we went a year or so ago. One of their big marketing angles is their wood-fired oven which is displayed behind glass, adjacent to the dining room. The pork was succulent, not overly sweet and had a nice touch of wood smoke on it. The serving was tiny and the amount paid would probably get me a pound or more at a traditional Chinese bbq place, but my taste buds appreciated every bit of it.

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