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Offaliest Single Dish for Solo Diner

PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 09:46 AM

I'm looking for a single dish (or combo) that is chock full of offal (stomach, liver, kidney, intestines, blood, heart, etc.) that I can easily order without modifications (no "Can I get a side of spleen with that?") that I can have as a solo diner (or can easily take the leftovers).

I recently had my first Thai boat noodles at Sapp and I absolutely loved it, but not quite enough offal, quantity-wise. I was thinking one of those soondae platters with both the blood sausage and an assortment of cut offal, but I've been in a soupy mood (I know I can get soondae guk too). Any other options? The closer to the Westside (ha!) the better.

  1. A5 KOBE Nov 13, 2013 10:09 AM

    I know this is pretty far from the westside, but the carnitas surtido at Carnitas Uruapan in Santa Ana has everything pig. It is a mixture of heart, kidney, liver, skin, cheek, trompas, and whatever else a pig has. They also have lamb heads with or without the eyeballs.

    Two tacos is plenty. Pretty far though, maybe if you are in the area but definitely not a destination place. It is pretty grimey too, I was the only non Hispanic in there but then again that is a common theme in many establishments located in Santa Ana.

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      LADave Oct 19, 2013 02:39 AM

      A little off-thread but this reminds me of going shares on a goat in Nepal. You got back a little of everything, right down to skin, lung and intestines. We would cook up two separate dishes. One limited to meat in the usual sense and one with everything else. You'd be surprised what you're willing to eat when it only comes around once every couple months!

      1. Tapeworm Sep 29, 2013 07:23 AM

        Find a Vietnamese restaurant that serves "long heo" which is basically pig's offal. You can get it in congee or served alone to dip in a sauce made of fermented shrimp paste.

        1. barryc Sep 29, 2013 01:10 AM

          i was thinking haggis might fit the bill, but not sure on who serves that on the west side.

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            Thor123 Sep 28, 2013 01:00 PM

            There are several choices on the Street Menu at Picca. You can sit at the kitchen view bar and enjoy them solo. The beef heart was great..

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              Xan7hos Sep 27, 2013 10:04 PM

              Bull Demon King Cafe's standard beef noodle soups involves additional offal (stomach and tripe I believe). Ask for the hand cut noodles, and beware that the #2 and #3 spicy is pretty fuckin spicy. ...or was it #1 and #2...well good luck.

              Boiling Point and other similiar single serve hot pot restaurants around the area usually have a ton of offal (kidney, blood, etc)

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              1. re: Xan7hos
                J.L. Oct 19, 2013 12:07 AM

                Because a photo is worth a thousand words, here is the bowl at Bull Demon King I enjoyed earlier this week. Tripe, stomach, tendon, beef...

                Re: Their menu - #1 is mild, #3 is spiciest.

                1. re: J.L.
                  Xan7hos Oct 19, 2013 02:12 AM

                  Nice...Bull Demon is the only place I've been to that includes offal as part of their standard beef noodle soup...and you definitely know its there in smell and flavor. Thanks for the clarification re: spiciness level.

              2. ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 04:08 PM

                Go to Sam Woo in Alhambra.

                They'll stir-fry you up a platter of pork's blood, kidney, duck and chicken liver, stomach, intestine, and whatever other offal stuff they have in the back. Just ask, and tip well.

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  jessejames Sep 27, 2013 04:09 PM

                  sounds offal

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                    kevin Sep 27, 2013 05:44 PM

                    Sounds like some houndish humor to brighten up our day.

                    1. re: kevin
                      Tripeler Sep 27, 2013 07:22 PM

                      I'm pretty stand-offalish about that kind of food, though I do like organ döner kebab.

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                        ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 08:20 PM

                        What about organ böner kebabs?

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Tripeler Sep 27, 2013 08:23 PM

                          Don't know about that, but would love to see a Boehner kebab.

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                            ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 08:30 PM

                            I'd want a Dahmer kebab

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                              bulavinaka Sep 27, 2013 08:53 PM

                              Boehner kebab -the kebab that roasts itself.

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                                jessejames Oct 1, 2013 08:57 AM

                                let's hope

                    2. re: ipsedixit
                      FallingLeaves Sep 27, 2013 08:52 PM

                      What is it called? Or what to ask for? And how much did you pay/tip for what size serving?

                      1. re: FallingLeaves
                        ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 08:56 PM

                        Just ask one of the servers for a plate of cubed pork blood (which is on the menu), and then ask them for whatever leftovers they have in the back.

                    3. TonyC Sep 27, 2013 01:52 PM

                      Western and Eighth Street Soondae both have "mixed" bowls of boiled beef junk soups.

                      The KBBQ gopchang joints will have big/small intestine for grilling.

                      Star BBQ has big/small intestine, tongue; Yangmani has intestine, tongue, tripe. But going to AYCE KBBQ solo is freakin' depressing, so YMMV.

                      However, the best solo bowl of guts may be Bebe Fusion's funk bowl of 5am spicy stew of intesting/pork blood. It's large enough for 2 meals and is far tastier than any sullungtang/gomtang ever.

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                      1. re: TonyC
                        Porthos Sep 27, 2013 01:54 PM

                        Strong recs. PeterCC this is all you if KTOWN wins DOM.

                        1. re: Porthos
                          PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 02:03 PM

                          Early K-Town DotM entry: Soondae from Seoul Soondae House 2 in the ABC Koreatown Plaza. Probably not the best in town, but it scratched the itch.

                          1. re: PeterCC
                            Ciao Bob Sep 27, 2013 02:23 PM

                            what's it taste like?

                            1. re: Ciao Bob
                              PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 02:43 PM

                              It's pretty mild. Blood does have a taste when its on its own (congealed blood cake) but when it's mixed with rice and noodles inside the casing, it's more like a binder/thickener than anything else.

                              1. re: PeterCC
                                Ciao Bob Sep 27, 2013 02:46 PM

                                I do not like the blood cakes in Chinese Hot Pots but have enjoyed some blood sausage i have had, so would probably like this.

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                                  Porthos Sep 27, 2013 02:49 PM

                                  Gotta say, I like boudin noir and morcilla better than Asian style blood sausage.

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                                    linus Sep 27, 2013 09:08 PM

                                    im with porthos. the asian blood stuff from korean, vietnamese and thai food doesnt taste good to me, but the european style ones do.
                                    dont know why.

                                  2. re: Ciao Bob
                                    chrishei Sep 27, 2013 04:02 PM

                                    Maybe try the Taiwanese ones, like the one on a stick at Old Country Cafe.

                          2. re: TonyC
                            PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 02:00 PM

                            Thanks TonyC. Next time I'm in SGV I'll check out Bebe Fusion.

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                            jdwdeville Sep 27, 2013 11:23 AM

                            There's a rice noodle soup dish at Ruen Pair that the servers always try to talk me out of ordering "has too much 'inside pork' for you!".
                            Blanking on the name but it has liver, blood, stomach, etc and is delicious!

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                            1. re: jdwdeville
                              PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 11:29 AM

                              Sounds like Thai boat noodles.

                              1. re: PeterCC
                                kevin Sep 27, 2013 12:40 PM

                                How was that Sapp's shit ????

                                1. re: kevin
                                  J.L. Sep 27, 2013 04:14 PM

                                  Boat noodles is real real good there, but I liked the jade noodles at Sapp even better.

                                2. re: PeterCC
                                  jdwdeville Sep 30, 2013 07:46 PM

                                  This is most definitely not boat noodles- I eat at Sapp's about twice a week.
                                  It has large, rolled squares of rice noodles, TONS of offal, blood cubes, and a sweetish, spiced soy broth. Also has fried skin and (what I think is) fried tripe.

                                  EDIT- Looked it up, it is called Kouy-Jub on their menu.

                                  1. re: jdwdeville
                                    PeterCC Sep 30, 2013 07:49 PM

                                    That sounds awesome! Can you jot down the English name next time you're in? Is it only at Ruen Pair or do you think Sapp or Pa-Ord or Hoy-Ka may serve it?

                                    1. re: PeterCC
                                      jdwdeville Oct 1, 2013 08:21 AM

                                      Pa-Ord and to a lesser degree Hoy-Ka are in my regular rotation- so far I've only seen it at Ruen Pair.

                                    2. re: jdwdeville
                                      TheOffalo Nov 13, 2013 07:52 AM

                                      Tried it last night! Wrote it up for DotM: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9225.... Thanks for the rec.

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                                  jessejames Sep 27, 2013 10:41 AM

                                  Do you like menudo? Tacos Por Favor (not sure if every day)

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                                  1. re: jessejames
                                    PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 10:46 AM

                                    Menudo is usually on weekends, and I've had TPF's menudo and enjoyed it. For what I'm specifically craving, though, it's a bit one-note, since it's all cow stomach and not a mixture of offal.

                                  2. Ciao Bob Sep 27, 2013 10:32 AM

                                    Osteria Angelini has one of the tastiest, not sure I would call it the Offaliest, though : Warm Tripe, with tomatoes and cuttlefish.

                                    Any decent szechuan place will put together some lungs, tripe, innards

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                                    1. re: Ciao Bob
                                      PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 10:47 AM

                                      Thanks Bob for the Angelini dish rec!

                                      Re: Szechuan place putting together something -- I know it's not very Chowhound of me, but I guess I want the path of least resistance. I'm looking for something that's on-menu and easy to order. :-)

                                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                                        FallingLeaves Sep 27, 2013 08:27 PM

                                        Are you sure that actual lungs were served?

                                      2. Porthos Sep 27, 2013 09:49 AM

                                        Think you kind find something like that in K-town.

                                        Just sayin'... ;-)

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                                        1. re: Porthos
                                          PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 09:51 AM

                                          Hey, you've already got my vote! :-P

                                          1. re: PeterCC
                                            Porthos Sep 27, 2013 09:52 AM

                                            Maybe ask if your local Westside izakaya is serving motsunabe? Had a good one down here at Kappo Honda 2 weeks ago. Offal good :-D>

                                            1. re: Porthos
                                              PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 09:55 AM

                                              Thanks! I'll ask around.

                                              1. re: Porthos
                                                FallingLeaves Sep 27, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                Googling mosunabe Los Angeles led to the following:
                                                Sounds promising.

                                                1. re: FallingLeaves
                                                  PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                  Thanks, I saw that too. I really wished that SSG posted menus on their site for each location.

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