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Oct 16, 2013 08:31 PM

Matzo Ball Soup

I saw on Langer's menu that they have a boiled chicken with matzo ball, noodles, vegetable and delicious broth - all in the pot for $23.50.
I am curious at to which LA restaurant offers the best chicken matzo ball soup? Or has this issue already been settled?

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  1. FL -

    I haven't found a "store bought" that matches mine, but then again, I haven't tasted all the ones on this list!

    1. IMHO, most of the Jewish Delis serve decent matzo ball soup. I love Nate'n Al's chicken in the pot. The most comforting of comfort food. I also enjoy a bowl of soup at Barney's Greengrass at Barney's BH. When I am in a hurry, a bowl of soup is served quickly.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            My favorite comes from Bristol Farms. That's right.

            1. re: wienermobile

              WM -

              I've had Brent's matzo ball soup - and I like it! - but your pic shows the problem. See that yellow tint? That's bouillon base.

              Lot's of places use it. It's not bad, but when I see it, I know the broth won't be as rich or have as much body as I'd hope.

              The best deli matzo ball soup I've ever had was at Stage Deli, in Century City, decades ago. No bouillon, just pure soup.

              Which may be why they had to close up shop and leave! ; )

              1. re: happybaker

                are you sure Brent's uses bouillon? It's a much clearer broth in person.

                and I too loved the gigantic Stage Deli in Century City mall.

              2. re: wienermobile

                Wow, Brent's look like a matzo ball sundae.
                Is this the traditional way to serve matzo ball soup?
                My only experience with matzo ball soup was at the departed Junior's on Westwood blvd. They serve their matzo ball submerged/floating in broth.
                Also, any feedback on Langer's matzo ball soup from the experts are appreciated.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  As the joke goes, "Wow, that must have been some matzo!"

              3. No deli's chicken soup with matzo ball compares to my late mom's, now my soup! In a restaurant I prefer kreplach to matzo ball but I've never tasted a better chicken soup and matzo ball than I make at home. I never use boullion or Osem soup base. I just cook a lot of chicken wings until there's no flavor left in the meat--because it's all in the soup!

                The vegetables I use are carrots, onion, celery, and parsnip.

                1. I like Izzy's. I get both noodle and rice. The matzo are not too dense. The broth is clean (no bouillon, I presume).

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                  1. re: PeterCC

                    Liking it, but have you tried any of the others? Not that I haven't done the Izzy jig; if I'm drunk enough, hungry enough and it's very late - being able to go to Izzy's is a nice convenience, but it isn't really about the food. I've had their soup and it's more like cut methadone to off your chick/ball soup-jones, but it isn't nearly as satisfying as the real deal.