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Jan 16, 2013 04:13 PM

CHAR SIU by the Pound in LA

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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  1. 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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    1. re: selfportrait93

      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.

      1. re: granadafan

        Both actually.

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

        1. re: ipsedixit

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Clinton

        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.

        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

          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).

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

        1. How is char siu sold other than by the pound?

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            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              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.

              1. re: jasongg06

                If sitting in as opposed to taking it out.

                1. re: jasongg06

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

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

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    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.

                    1. re: jasongg06

                      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.

                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Jwsel

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