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Where can I get Egg foo Young?

pdolympio Oct 29, 2013 10:01 PM

I lived in a Boston suburb (Medford) for 15 yrs and 25 yrs in Nashville, now I live in Covina, Ca outside LA. My question is; Why can I not get Egg Foo Young in LA? It was standard in Boston and Nashville Chinese restaurants

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    emu48 Dec 5, 2013 03:22 PM

    Never understood why people get so fond of this dish.

    There's another, and much better, Cantonese egg dish that's easy to get, whether it's on the menu or not, and hard to screw up: eggs scrambled with shrimps. All it is is eggs, shrimps, a little chopped green onion, salt and pepper, and a few drops of sesame oil. Served with rice, naturally.

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      Ciao Bob Dec 5, 2013 04:31 PM

      Cooked in lard, preferably - I love that dish but it is so different from Egg Foo Young which I love for different reasons. Do you have a place you especially like it, emu48? Ocean Star for years was the champion, Embassy also did a top notch version.

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        emu48 Dec 5, 2013 05:20 PM

        Sorry, Bob, not an L.A. person here ... didn't notice that it was a regional discussion when I posted. But I've eaten it in restaurants all over the U.S. and in Hong Kong, and never had a disappointing batch. It's a pretty foolproof dish, whether in a restaurant or at home.

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          happybaker Dec 5, 2013 05:47 PM

          My Dad used to make scrambled eggs and shrimp with fresh grated ginger, not scallions. Stunningly good! I had no idea it was a "restaurant" dish!

          But I do still love a good egg fu young : )

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      foodiejb Dec 5, 2013 02:58 PM

      I get my egg foo young fix at Canton City in Montebello which has been around since the mid-60's.

      1. flylice2x Nov 2, 2013 03:50 AM

        Gardena Bowl cafe in Gardena. They make it with Char Siu.

        1. susans Nov 1, 2013 03:32 PM

          The Hot Wok Cafe in Northridge, lunch and regular menu. At the northwest corner of Reseda/Tampa in the Vons shopping center.

          1. raytamsgv Oct 31, 2013 12:16 PM

            Like others, I highly recommend trying the vast number of "authentic" Chinese restaurants in the SGV. It is probably a bit overwhelming when you go to a mini-mall with half of the restaurants are Chinese, and there are three more mini-malls down the block. There's a lot of good information on chowhound for this.

            But there's nothing wrong with egg foo young. You might want to try Young's Gourmet in Duarte right off the 210 Freeway, which isn't that far from Covina. I don't personally like that restaurant, but that's because I like other types of Chinese cuisines. It's close enough that you might find it worthwhile.

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              NeverEnough Oct 31, 2013 12:09 AM

              Long drive but Hop Li on Pico, between Westwood and Sepulveda.

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                latindancer Oct 31, 2013 06:12 AM

                It's okay...

                It'll do in a pinch around these parts, when the urge arises, but nothing mentioned so far comes close to what I remember growing up when EFY was popular. Too many bean sprouts at Hop Li which somehow takes away from the balance between all the elements.

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                  NeverEnough Nov 24, 2013 06:22 PM

                  Just getting back to this but I should have noted that I ask for plain egg foo young, gravy on the side.

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                pdolympio Oct 30, 2013 06:15 PM

                Wow! you guys are great. I found this site looking for natural casing hot dogs. I just bought those at Albertson's. Not as good as the Maple Leaf I could buy at the deli in Boston, but better then anything I could get in Nashville.
                As far as the EFY not being authentic if someone from another culture thought of fried chicken as American food and went to New England they would not find fried chicken. China is a large country. Surely they have regional food as we do. Thanks

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                  JeMange Oct 30, 2013 08:08 PM

                  Speaking of natural casing dogs, which brand did you go for? I happen to really like the Papa Cantella's beef hot dogs that Gelson's sells under their private label. Great snap!

                  Also, hit up Jon's Markets for all sorts of great dog options. They stock Bobak's, a Chicago brand that features all sorts of varieties - beef, pork, veal - in fantastic, "snappy," natural casings.

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                    Chandavkl Oct 30, 2013 08:55 PM

                    Actually old time Chinese American favorites such as egg foo yong developed at a time where virtually all Chinese in the US had their origins in just seven counties in rural Guandong province, which means you're talking about subregional food.

                  2. Ciao Bob Oct 30, 2013 04:53 PM

                    God I love Egg Foo Young. Very high on my guilty pleasure list.

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                      PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 05:20 PM

                      I do too actually. Similar to why I like chiles relleno. Something about that fried beaten egg batter in the relleno and the egg mixture in the foo young.

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                        Dommy Oct 30, 2013 09:24 PM

                        Agreed!! I love egg dishes... Even when I make my own fried rice I always add plenty of egg... The reason House of Benny came to mind is that they have Shrimp and Egg on their menu, which I love and have been meaning to check them out for evah.


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                          PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 09:30 PM

                          I've been known to add a half dozen eggs to a not massive amount of rice in my fried rice. More protein, and it makes it taste better!

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                          engie Oct 31, 2013 09:37 AM

                          Peter CC

                          Good call! I never associated the two, but you're right. I think I'll put either one on my to-make cooking list for this weekend.

                      2. Savour Oct 30, 2013 03:43 PM

                        Eagle Rock Green Dragon has it - pretty good, too. Not super close to you, but not as far as Santa Monica either!

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                          happybaker Oct 30, 2013 10:03 PM

                          Thank you!

                          I think we may be too far for delivery - but not too far for me to check out myself!

                          Oh... For a good batch of egg fu young....

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                          happybaker Oct 30, 2013 11:45 AM

                          Any egg fu young sightings in Glendale/Eagle Rock? Any?

                          1. boogiebaby Oct 30, 2013 10:40 AM

                            Not close to you, but Pagoda Inn in Porter Ranch has Egg Foo Young. I order it once in a while just for that nostalgic feeling -- growing up in a small town in IL, it was one of the few things our token Chinese restaurant made that I enjoyed.

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                              silence9 Oct 30, 2013 10:49 AM

                              I'm in Granada Hills, so Porter Ranch is a quick speeding ticket away in my Mustang fastback! Thanks...

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                                boogiebaby Oct 30, 2013 01:58 PM

                                They do a decent version. I usually get the Vegetable EFY, but you can also order it with chicken, BBQ Pork, etc.

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                              silence9 Oct 30, 2013 09:55 AM

                              I get the bbq pork egg foo young at Hong Kong 88 on Sepulveda Blvd. in the Valley (two doors down from Zankou Chicken). Large portion, tons of bbq pork, very eggy, very bean sprouty. Requisite deluge of brown gravy...

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                                Jelly71 Oct 30, 2013 11:10 AM

                                Golden City Chinese Cuisine in Reseda on Vanowen and White Oak is where is get my egg foo young. It tastes just like it did when I was a kid in the 70's and early 80's. It really scratches that itch for me.

                                And the rest of the menu is pretty good Americanized Chinese. Sometimes that is what I want and they do a bang up job there.

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                                  Jwsel Oct 30, 2013 11:55 PM

                                  I have to say that even better is the bbq pork egg foo young at Bamboo Forest at Kester and Burbank. Plus they have some of the best hot and sour soup in the valley.

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                                    silence9 Oct 31, 2013 10:34 AM

                                    Sounds good, will definitely swing by there. Thanks!

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                                  jessejames Oct 30, 2013 09:43 AM

                                  Try China Catering if you're in WeHo area -- not much of a sitdown place -- ie like 2 tables...but good cheap delivery food and i do like the EFY, roast pork wonton soup and other stuff like that.


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                                    Chandavkl Oct 30, 2013 08:49 AM

                                    Egg foo young does still appear at Americanized Chinese restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area. However, there are almost no Americanized Chinese restaurants in most of the San Gabriel Valley. Not so much true about Glendora-Covina-Azusa, though. Some of the Chinese buffets have it out in the trays.

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                                      Dommy Oct 30, 2013 09:39 AM

                                      Covina is just at that hairy edge... you'll still find the Americanized Chinese places in La Verne and San Dimas which is not too far from Covina. In fact, House of Benny in Covina has a whole Egg Menu...



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                                        Chandavkl Oct 30, 2013 10:25 AM

                                        House of Benny is borderline authentic with a few of the items on the menu. Not surprising since he's a disciple of House of Louie in West Covina.

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                                          Dommy Oct 30, 2013 09:26 PM

                                          Good to know! It's been on my list to try because of their egg menu... there is something about good wok hay when it comes to egg... it gets nice and brown, but not overdone...


                                    2. ipsedixit Oct 30, 2013 07:39 AM

                                      What kind of egg foo young?

                                      As a kid in my parent's restaurant, I was making that stuff before I learned how to spin a yo-yo. Bad flashbacks.

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                                        latindancer Oct 30, 2013 08:05 AM

                                        <that stuff>

                                        There was a restaurant, where I grew up, in the heart of what is now referred to as 'the international district'.

                                        It was Chinatown. The restaurant had the best dim sum I've ever had...all of it rolled around on steam tables to pick and choose from during lunch hour.
                                        Along with the dim sum we'd order piles of egg foo young and pork fried rice. It seems these tastes, from the sound of some posters who consider themselves 'chowhounds' think this 'stuff' is ancient, outdated, distasteful and downright nasty.
                                        For those of us who grew up loving the taste of it we're all on a a perpetual hunt to find it again.
                                        How sad to have to apologize for something that really tastes good to so many of us if it's made right. Sadly, in LA, there isn't anything remotely close to what I loved and remember.

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                                          engie Oct 30, 2013 08:16 AM

                                          Apologize - why? Who cares if it's 'authentic' I love the stuff and I hope some good suggestions come through because of this thread.

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                                        engie Oct 30, 2013 07:18 AM

                                        I grew up in the mid-west and egg foo young was a standard at every round-the-corner Chinese place.

                                        I found a little hole in the wall near the corner of Westwood Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd. The Mandarin Kitchen http://www.mandarinkitchen.net/

                                        1. barryc Oct 30, 2013 01:30 AM

                                          welcome to the southland. you now have the chance to sample a lot of authentic ethnic cuisines you couldn't get where you used to live, including a very diverse range of different regional chinese cuisines - and most of it is relatively nearby within the san gabriel valley, hereafter referred to as the SGV. (using SGV as a search parameter will bring up a lot of suggestions for dining)

                                          to answer your question, should you choose to take advantage of the opportunity, you will eventually discover that something like egg foo young, a standard for chinese style restaurants that cater primarily to non chinese patrons, really isn't part of any authentic ethnic chinese regional cuisine, although it is somewhat similar to japanese okonomiyaki.

                                          peter made a good suggestion vis a vis using yelp, which might be a more appropriate alternative for locating what you're looking for.

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                                            Johnny L Oct 31, 2013 12:40 AM

                                            Actually egg foo young isn't entirely in-authentic Chinese food in fact its only slightly twisted from what I grew up eating, my grandparents made a similar dish which is what I suppose EFY is derived from. Namely the homecooked version isn't deepfried and covered in a thick cornstarch gravy. So I think the comparison to okonomiyaki is actually quite inaccurate as EFY is based off a very similar Chinese dish.

                                          2. PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 12:40 AM

                                            This isn't close to you, but Dragon Palace in Santa Monica has Egg Foo Young on its menu. Never ordered it though. There's got to be some place near you that serves it.

                                            Edit: This Yelp search shows several places in/near Covina that apparently serves it: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

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                                              Johnny L Oct 30, 2013 12:08 AM

                                              I use to work in a restaurant in Colorado which made awesome egg foo young but I can't find it back in CA as well. But the one we made was very different so I'm pretty sure I won't be able to find it here. I'm still interested to know more about the dish though as it's very similar to something my family use to cook.

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                                                barryc Oct 30, 2013 01:40 AM

                                                it was on every chinese restaurant menu i ever saw growing up in the midwest. basically a meat and bean sprout omelet covered in shiny soy sauce gravy (the chinese-american answer to bechamel sauce) where the thickener was corn starch.

                                                egg fu yung, lemon chicken, shrimp fried rice and the ubiquitous fortune cookies.... constituting fine chinese dining back in the day... and of course, beef with broccoli.

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