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Offaliest Single Dish for Solo Diner

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.

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

    Just sayin'... ;-)

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    1. re: Porthos

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

      1. re: PeterCC

        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

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

            1. re: FallingLeaves

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

      2. 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

          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

            Are you sure that actual lungs were served?

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

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            1. re: jessejames

              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. 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: kevin

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

                  2. re: PeterCC

                    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

                      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

                        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

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

                  3. 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

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

                      1. re: Porthos

                        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: Ciao Bob

                            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

                              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.

                              1. re: Ciao Bob

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

                                1. re: Porthos

                                  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

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

                        1. re: TonyC

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

                        2. 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: jessejames

                              Sounds like some houndish humor to brighten up our day.

                              1. re: kevin

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

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                        Boehner kebab -the kebab that roasts itself.

                              2. re: ipsedixit

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

                                1. re: FallingLeaves

                                  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. 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

                                  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.

                                    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. 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..

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

                                    1. 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. 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. 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.