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SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

ipsedixit Nov 1, 2013 02:10 AM

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for November is Soup.

Here's a link to the voting thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921756

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, iterations, types, kinds and sorts of soup in Los Angeles. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find soup that you've been to in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories of some slurpy bowl of goodness is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating soup.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Happy slurping, sipping, sucking, sipping, inhaling, swilling, imbibing, quaffing, drinking, ingesting, or just consuming soup.

Cheers.

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    yogachik Nov 1, 2013 08:32 AM

    Now I know what I'm having for lunch - the Ranchero Consume at Monte Alban! It's the most delicious combination of my grandmother's chicken soup by way of Oaxaca - jalapeno, chunks of breast meat, rice, avocado, onions, tomato, cilantro, and ranchero cheese.

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      Dommy Nov 1, 2013 09:39 AM

      Mexican Consume is one of Mexico's Cuisines Biggest secrets. It's not uncommon for a fine Mexican meal to start with a bit of soup made from the roasting and left over veggies and peelings from the prep of the meal. It sets you up for the deliciousness to come!

      Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful soup at Monte Alban.... will have to give it a go again. I also might hit my favorite barbacoa consume place as well...

      -Dommy!

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        yogachik Nov 1, 2013 02:08 PM

        Sorry, no pictures - gobbled it up quickly, and it was as wonderful as always. The soup came with extra chile, so it was spicy and fantastic.

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          kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:50 PM

          I haven't been to Monte Alban in years. It's great to know its still alive and well.

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        OCSteve Nov 1, 2013 08:35 AM

        Porthos, I told you I'd buy you the first bowl if soup won. Where are we going?

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          Porthos Nov 1, 2013 09:33 AM

          No need Steve! Was totally joking. Just post some awesome spots for soup. That's reward enough.

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          jessejames Nov 1, 2013 09:00 AM

          Just had chicken soup with homemade kreplach from greenblatts. Best I've had. Lots of celery and carrots and chicken. My new go to deli. Flu is gone.

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            Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 09:22 AM

            I cannot even think of a more boring topic..... What's for next month, Poi?

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              Porthos Nov 1, 2013 09:32 AM

              I think there are far more variations and preparations of soup than short ribs.

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                Dommy Nov 1, 2013 09:45 AM

                Exactly! There are amazing soups throughout great cuisines... I look forward to:

                Hearing about and maybe discovering great new Chinese Beef Noodle Soups. Getting updates on my favorite Pho places. Some of you maybe trying your first hand at Cocido. Getting the first report of finding the Chicken foot in the bowl (My last one was at Cerro Verde Salvadoran restaurant). Debates on the best creamy mushroom soup...

                As for me, I'm taking my Mom to Brents Deli today. (We'll split a Pastrami and Matzoh ball soup).

                --Dommy!

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                  Ciao Bob Nov 1, 2013 09:49 AM

                  Wow, I never had Pastrami and Matzoh ball soup! Might be a little salty.

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                    wienermobile Nov 1, 2013 10:50 AM

                    Lucky!

                     
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                      A5 KOBE Nov 3, 2013 07:43 AM

                      Hello son?

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                      PeterCC Nov 1, 2013 10:19 AM

                      Galbitang for the best of both worlds, and a potential continuation of last month's Dish/Neighborhood of the Month!

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                        Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 01:25 PM

                        I agree - just think it's a boring topic. I never order soup when I go out, too many others things I'd rather eat or try.

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                          Porthos Nov 1, 2013 04:27 PM

                          How about chowder sampler at Connie and Ted's or Providence's version of chowda'.

                          Don't forget matsutake dobinmushi. Tis the season!

                           
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                            PeterCC Nov 1, 2013 05:37 PM

                            Hmm, I recognize that pot and place mat...

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                              kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:52 PM

                              Shunjis again ????? :)

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                              Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 06:14 PM

                              You've got me there, Porthos, I would order the RI chowder next time I go, and will report it here if I go this month, but not making any promises ;)

                              I realize soup is a broad category and has many iterations and flavors. It's just that I make soup a lot at home, and as I stated before, it's just not something I usually order when I go out, I'm more about appetizers or salads. There just aren't a whole lot of soups out there that excite me. Anyway, enjoy the hunt for some delicious soup!

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                                Dommy Nov 1, 2013 06:17 PM

                                We make soup a lot at home too (it goes so well with our other favorite food group, crusty artisan breads... ;)), but when we order soup, it's usually something we know takes a lot of effort or something we would not make at home. Simple brothy soups... nope. Chinois'ed velvety foraged mushroom soup... just bring me two bread baskets...

                                --Dommy!

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                                  Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 06:21 PM

                                  Yes, totally agree about brothy soups, just not very exciting. And it hardly gets cold enough for me to crave it, you know? And I'm not a fan of cold soups, or gazpacho.... And to top it all off, I can't do dairy so creamy soups, though I'm positive are wonderful and delicious, will do a number on me, so I have to avoid them. It's just not my thing, though at times I wish it were!

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                                    Dommy Nov 1, 2013 07:29 PM

                                    Gazpacho is only good when it's what its meant to be... seafood cocktail... LOL!!

                                    There are some non dairy VERY creamy soups out there. It's amazing what you can do with a chinois... Another favorite soup place that often has vegan creamy soups is Tender Greens...

                                    --Dommy!

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                                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 07:43 PM

                                      Oh I know, whenever we go out (getting rarer & rarer these days!) and they mention soups in their special I always inquire if the creamy ones have dairy in them. A lot or them don't, which is great for me. I've had some wonderfully rich & creamy soups with no dairy.... I also make a mean leek & potato soup and no dairy is necessary, you can hardly notice.

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                                chrishei Nov 3, 2013 12:59 AM

                                That matsutake dobinmushi - it's so hot right now.

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                            ipsedixit Nov 1, 2013 10:23 AM

                            Dirtywextraolives,

                            I think perhaps you've missed, just slightly, what we're all trying to do here (you included).

                            Let's do a thought-experiment and let it play out, and perhaps we can flush out that insouciance that seems to have overcome you this morning.

                            Here goes.

                            I think toast is kind of boring.

                            But I could easily eat toast for 30 straight days, if not more, if the toast is really good.

                            So, it's not really whether a food, or menu item, is interesting or boring; rather, it's about finding a good iteration -- or maybe a superlative incarnation -- of that food or menu item.

                            That's what Dish of the Month is about. And, really, it's the quiddity of this entire forum, and not just this particular monthly thread, right?

                            Let's take the opposite extreme. What if the Dish of the Month was not soup, but instead something "interesting" like Monkey Nipples. Sure, Monkey Nipples sashimi might be the most fucking interesting thing in LA right now, but what if it just tastes like shit, or just like really raw nipples?

                            That's no good, right?

                            In other words, wouldn't you rather have a bowl of pedestrian soup that tastes like nectar nurtured from Julia Child's own hands rather than a spoonful of raw, gummy monkey nipples?

                            I know my answer, do you?

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                              PeterCC Nov 1, 2013 10:26 AM

                              Gummy monkey nipples? Regurgitated pizza? You're really making me hungry today, ipse... NOT! :-)

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                                kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:54 PM

                                I have to go on a fucking diet anyhow.

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                                kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:53 PM

                                Probably monkey nipples.

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                                  J.L. Nov 3, 2013 10:03 PM

                                  RE: Raw nipples. I surmise that how much one would enjoy it absolutely hinges on whose nipple it belongs to.

                                  (let's see how the mods handle this one)...

                                  Maybe this is fodder for a different thread, but has anyone on this board tried nyotaimori (and is willing to admit it)?

                                  Yes, kevin, here is the Wikipedia link, to save you some question marks:
                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyotaimori

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                                    kevin Nov 3, 2013 10:20 PM

                                    Shit JL. That reminds me what was the name of the body sushi joint on Sunset. I'm pretty sure it survived into the mid 00s but eventually closed up shop.

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                                      kevin Nov 3, 2013 10:21 PM

                                      Nice try.

                                      Save me some question marks ????

                                      I seriously cracked up at that.

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                                        kevin Nov 4, 2013 11:47 AM

                                        This is the joint I was thinking about I think, unless there were or are others in LA too:
                                        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/18/din...

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                                        J.L. Nov 3, 2013 10:08 PM

                                        The old Hotel Bel Air (pre-Wolfgang Puck) had THE best lobster bisque in this town.

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                                          J.L. Nov 3, 2013 10:10 PM

                                          Fresh durian means having just fallen off the tree, not falling off the tree, being shipped frozen over the Pacific in a freight container, and landing up at 99 Ranch Market.

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                                            bringiton Nov 6, 2013 10:03 AM

                                            NYou should try the Monkey Nipples at the Stinking Rose. They are absolutely inspired and cooked in a delicate chifinade of herbs with a silky smooth buttery sauce that makes the areolas shimmer.

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                                              J.L. Nov 6, 2013 10:42 AM

                                              Its unctuous umami is accentuated to another level by pairing it with the '47 Cheval Blanc...

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                                                kevin Nov 6, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                i prefer the '61 but why quibble ???????????

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                                            LA Buckeye Fan Nov 1, 2013 10:45 AM

                                            sour grapes?

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                                              bulavinaka Nov 1, 2013 12:07 PM

                                              Better than monkey nipples - I think. :)

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                                              perk Nov 1, 2013 01:00 PM

                                              now THAT'S funny.....

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                                                JAB Nov 1, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                I could totally see Taro being a DOTM.

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Nov 1, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                  LOL, okay, so you go ahead and nominate that next month.....

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                                                maudies5 Nov 1, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                There are times when all I want is just a good bowl of soup. I am looking forward to reading suggestions.
                                                A couple of days ago I stopped at Kate Mantilini as I was in the neighborhood and really felt like having a bowl of their split pea soup, which I love. I got a Tortilla soup to go, as that is a favorite of my husband.

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                                                  kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                  I'd like to hear about some decent Lobster Bisque. I'm really craving that shit rights abouts now. So it may be a good month after all.

                                                2. aching Nov 1, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                  I know what my first bowl is going to be - Ash from Attari in Westwood. I'm excited!

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                                                    Dommy Nov 1, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                    Ash is so under rated... Get some salad Oliveh to go! :D

                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                      kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:56 PM

                                                      Taste of Prrsia also has Ashe veshteh. I will report back.

                                                  2. wienermobile Nov 1, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                    Where does one find a good clam chowder? I used to love the one at Old World in Westwood long ago.

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                                                      Dommy Nov 1, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                      Haven't tried connie and teds... but my current restaurant fave is Alamitos Fish Company. But at home, we love Bar Habor Clam Chowder. We add some Old Bay, cream and pat of butter... SO GOOD!

                                                      http://www.barharborfoods.com/chowder...

                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                        Professor Salt Nov 3, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                        Agreed on Bar Harbor. This is my favorite canned chowder. Near me, Wholesome Choice in Irvine sells it.

                                                    2. perk Nov 1, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                      By the way....I was responding to Dirtywextraolives. Anticipating poi.....

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                                                        Gypsy Jan Nov 1, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                        Poi with Himalayan salt and yak sushi with hair still on it.

                                                        The barnyard smell is divinely zen

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                                                          PeterCC Nov 1, 2013 06:55 PM

                                                          Um... I'll stick with my stinky tofu.

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                                                            kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                            And fresh durian fruit for me.

                                                      2. perk Nov 1, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                        Santa Monica Seafood has a nice chowder....in the cafe and for takeout. I also hear good things about the chowder sampler at Connie & Ted's, though I haven't been. But there is a very good chowder at Providence that's always on the menu.

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                                                          wienermobile Nov 1, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                          I do like the seafood chowder at SMS.

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                                                            nosh Nov 1, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                            I like the clam chowder at the counter at SMS on Wilshire. Last time there, a long time ago, I had to ask for bread. But I understand their's is from La Brea Bakery.

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                                                            PeterCC Nov 1, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                            I've heard the same about C&T, particularly their Rhode Island clear broth chowder, which is my favorite style any way. Still need to make it there to try.

                                                            Haven't tried the chowder at Littlefork, but based on my last meal, I'd bet on it being better than average.

                                                            I liked Fishing with Dynamite's, but for a cream-based one it was a little thin and runny to me.

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                                                              wienermobile Nov 1, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                              ...agree about how thin the broth was at FWD.

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                                                            Thor123 Nov 1, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                            For a cafeteria type place Trimana Grill does an outstanding chicken noodle soup.

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                                                              latindancer Nov 3, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                              Yes, they do.

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                                                                kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                                Come on Thor. Not that office building sludge.

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                                                                  silverlakebodhisattva Nov 24, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                  There seems to be as many variations in what "Trimana" branches serve as there are branches. The branch that was in the old pre-remodel 7th/Fig plaza, for example, made a pretty good turkey-burger that I've not found at any of the other downtown branches. The soups in the 333 Hope (BofA) and CalBank Tower (Library Tower) Trimanas have so far struck me, without e3xception, as salty, starchy, and only tolerable when it's raining too hard to go any further. If there's decent carry-out soup to be had downtown, I haven't found it yet, with the possible exception of the red lentil at the Turkish place in the jewelry alley...

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                                                                  maudies5 Nov 1, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                  Farmshop in Brentwood always has one great seasonal soup on the menu. During the last couple of months it was a fresh Gazpacho with crab and other good things to add to its deliciousness. I see that the summer soup is now gone and has been replaced with an Early Girl Tomato Soup with a poached egg and other good things. Definitely on my to-slurp list next week.

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                                                                    nosh Nov 1, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                    This week at Ralphs big cans of Progresso ready-to-eat soup (not condensed, all varieties, regular and light) are on sale for 8 for $10 (and you don't have to buy 8). There are often coupons for a discount in the Sunday L.A. Times.

                                                                    1. CharlesKochel Nov 2, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                      Soup: yesterday, I had the cream of Tomato at O'Brien's on Wilshire. They make two really good soups, the split pea and the cream of Tomato. It's a bit heavy on the cream for me, but makes for a silky smooth soup and it's really, really good with the 1/2 sandwich, rueben, BLT (+$2 with Irish bacon) and my favorite, the turkey jack and cucumber...a hoppy beer balances the soups rich flavor. Soup and 1/2 sandwich $9
                                                                      http://www.obriensla.com/Menu.html

                                                                       
                                                                      1. J.L. Nov 2, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                        Hey gang, I need advice on a great TAKE-OUT beef stew, preferable on the Westside.

                                                                        What I'm looking for is simply hearty, stick-to-your-ribs beef stew... Asian-style, French-style, American country style - It's all good.

                                                                        Thank in advance!

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                                                                          ipsedixit Nov 2, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                          I think Whole Foods makes a pretty good basic American beef stew.

                                                                          If you want to go totally off the rail, I sort of dig the ribeye "beef stew" at Meals by Genet.

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                                                                            wienermobile Nov 2, 2013 07:27 PM

                                                                            Agree. Whole Foods and Bristol Farms make a nice classic beef stew in the hot soup sections

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                                                                            jessejames Nov 2, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                            Joan's on third often has beef bourgonion or a version w short ribs. Gravy beef carrots potatoes. Call ahead their stuff rotates.

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                                                                              Dommy Nov 2, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                              Lemonade has wonderful stews and they have both short rib braise and red miso short rib braise... I would order it more, but they serve with rice or noodles. They need to get mashed potatoes!!!

                                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                                Xan7hos Nov 2, 2013 11:11 PM

                                                                                Tsujita serves a seasonal beef stew dish (American/French bourbignon style) with the most savory and fatty and gelatinoulsy sauce ever thanks to the use of beef tongue. No stringiness, melts in your mouth. Served with white rice, call ahead to see when its available.

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                                                                                  kevin Nov 3, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                                                  Phillipes the Original has a hearty beef stew. But then again hearty is beef stews nom de guer.

                                                                                2. Porthos Nov 2, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                  Tonight after a 45 min wait. Had no idea this place was this popular and this good.

                                                                                  Mo ran gak in Garden Grove

                                                                                  -wang galbi tang. Awesome. Tender galbi, rich flavorful soup.

                                                                                  -gratuitous grilled galbi shot

                                                                                   
                                                                                   
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                                                                                    J.L. Nov 2, 2013 09:53 PM

                                                                                    Gratuitous indeed, which means I love it.

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                                                                                      Porthos Nov 3, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                      Short rib soup and short ribs for those that voted short ribs.

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                                                                                        kevin Nov 3, 2013 10:00 PM

                                                                                        Gratuitous kinda like that movie I saw the other day.

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                                                                                      Xan7hos Nov 2, 2013 11:04 PM

                                                                                      Boiling Point Arcadia and Monterey Park branches (yes within the same few days). Lamb hot pot soup and house special #1. While the savory broth is the same...the effects and infusion of the toppings/ingredients change the flavor profile of each, as well as the intensity depending on how much has evaporated. House Special ended with an offal funkiness thanks in part to the pig intestine and mild stinky tofu. Lamb has a great savoriness which is contrasted by a sweet and slight sourness from the Taiwaneese pickled cabbage.

                                                                                      1. PeterCC Nov 2, 2013 11:33 PM

                                                                                        Waiting at Tsujita ANNEX (half hour and counting at 11:30 PM; shoulda gone to Chengdu Taste, heh) for my first DotM entry...

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                                                                                          PeterCC Nov 3, 2013 12:22 AM

                                                                                          As good as ever!

                                                                                           
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                                                                                            bulavinaka Nov 3, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                            Say Pete-G, starch-PoPo gonna lockdown yo ass yo. :)

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                                                                                              ns1 Nov 3, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                              I see 49% starch content. No problem.

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                                                                                                PeterCC Nov 3, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                I invoke the matzo ball soup clause.

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                                                                                                  bulavinaka Nov 3, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                  "My son's a soup lawyer. He litigates ratios and ingredients in soups."

                                                                                                  "He must work very hard."

                                                                                                  "He does, especially this month. He says lots of wacko soup revolutionary-types are making his life tough right now. Something about dogs or hounds - a very feisty bunch according to my son."

                                                                                                  "I feel so much safer knowing your son is protecting us from such crazy people. You should be proud."

                                                                                                  "I am. Let's get lunch."

                                                                                                  "What do you want to eat?"

                                                                                                  "Anything but soup. It's so boring. I'd rather eat poi."

                                                                                                  "Poi? Maybe next month. By the way, did I tell you about my son? He's a poi lawyer..."

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                                                                                                    kevin Nov 3, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                    Bula, I thoroughly loved this shit.

                                                                                                    Best fucking post of the week. And best fucking poetry I've seen in quite some time.

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                                                                                                      WildSwede Nov 8, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                      ;-)

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                                                                                                Xan7hos Nov 6, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                5:00pm no wait. Couldn't bring myself to try the tsukemen so opted for regular. Holy crap kotteri! The onikatsu spice blend is great and I think I might have overdone it...inhaling spicy ramen broth is a recipe for disaster! Definitely tastier than I remember but still a fan of og tsujita...not a fan if the larger noodles and heaping serving of bean sprouts. Oh yeah pictures

                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                  TheOffalo Nov 7, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                  Wow, based on the color that is an extreme amount of onikasu. I usually heap 3 spoonfuls but recently I've cut back and will actually only season one side of the bowl and try not to mix for as long as possible so I can switch between spicy and non for a while.

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                                                                                                trimtab Nov 3, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                Love the big bowl of chicken soup at La Cabinita in Montrose. A meal in itself. Perfect for chilly fall and winter nights.

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                                                                                                  Kalivs Nov 7, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                  I second that. It looks so simple but the flavor is great

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                                                                                                  chewbacca Nov 3, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                  I just had the French onion soup at Taix. It was delicious as usual (forgot to take a pic). Everyone else including an the regular at my table plus lots of large Asian families adjacent were having the green pea. It's served family style for large groups and then garnished with cheese and pepper.....table side service. Soup and salad $9.99! House red wine $6. Plus they bring tons of French bread gratis. Dinner is done!

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                                                                                                    Mattapoisett in LA Nov 21, 2013 10:16 PM

                                                                                                    Dommy and I went to Taix tonight to try the French onion soup and it was delicious and well balanced.

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                                                                                                    silence9 Nov 4, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                    The boat noodles/soup at Sapp Coffee Shop in Thai Town. The beef version with tendon, blood, liver, etc.. The broth is as murky as satan's bath water, and just as spicy...

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                                                                                                      kevin Nov 4, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                      Do they happen to have any noodles here with just a seafood broth at Sapp's ???

                                                                                                      Thanks.

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                                                                                                        silence9 Nov 4, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                        Hi Kevin... I think only their Tom Yum Kung/Goong has shrimp in broth.

                                                                                                        Also, I believe that in addition to the beef and pork versions of the boat noodles, they also have a duck version...

                                                                                                    2. Porthos Nov 4, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                      Now. Very tasty shrimp and crawfish étouffée at Ritter's Costa Mesa. I think the flavor may be even better than the gumbo by a little bit but the okra and andouille in the gumbo will probably have me ordering the gumbo again. Both very tasty.

                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                        kevin Nov 4, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                        damn, i was just thinking about that earlier todya, i mean to try out rioters. shrimp and crawfish etouffee it will be for me, followed by an oyster po boy most likely.

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                                                                                                          kevin Nov 4, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                          How much was the bolw of etouffe ??????

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                                                                                                            CharlesKochel Nov 4, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                            Anything compare in West LA? Tried the place on Lincoln - meh+...

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                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 4, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                              Haven't tried anything up that way. Maybe the Westside crowd will take up the challenge?

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                                                                                                                kevin Nov 4, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                Kochel thee is nothing in West LA, there used be a place called Orleans years ago.

                                                                                                                But for po boys, on Slauson, right off Overhill is a great po boy joint called Orleans and York at least good for the area.

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                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Nov 4, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                  Kevin, have you tried the place across the street from O&Y?

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                                                                                                                    kevin Nov 4, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                    La Louissiane. ?

                                                                                                                    The greens and wings joint?

                                                                                                                    Or the teriyaki place ?

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                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 4, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                      Yes, the southern place.

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                                                                                                                        kevin Nov 4, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                        I tried to check it out right after Orleans and York a bit past 1130 but the door was locked.

                                                                                                                        If its almost as good as Harold and belles, it might just be a fucking keeper.

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                                                                                                                          jessejames Nov 5, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                          Go on blues nite dollar plates of fried chicken wings , red beans and rice. Nice local music La Louisianne

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                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Nov 5, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                            Is the food any good??

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                                                                                                                              jessejames Nov 5, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                              I would go for the music and atmosphere not the food. But nice old school bar and cocktails and some electric blues/sax/small groups. For a buck the red beans and rice and chicken a deal so ive only gotten that, and have been with friends in more upbeat party/music mode. They have a full menu and a separate dining area. Sort of south la soul creole fare. Id be curious to try it. Bottom line: go on blues nite no matter what your dinner goals.

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                                                                                                                                kevin Nov 5, 2013 10:05 PM

                                                                                                                                Or grab dinner next door at Orleans and then head over for cocktails and blues night.

                                                                                                                                Not a bad idea.

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                                                                                                                    Thor123 Nov 4, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                    Remember Orleans fondly.

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                                                                                                                  CharlesKochel Nov 4, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                  Uncle Darrow's was the name

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                                                                                                                    kevin Nov 4, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                    It has gone downhill over the years.

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                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 4, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                      That place is barely a step up from cafeteria food. No, it's not very good at all.

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                                                                                                                      jessejames Nov 4, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                      Yum

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                                                                                                                        kevin Nov 4, 2013 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                        Was this for lunch or dinner ?

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                                                                                                                        ns1 Nov 4, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                        Guys, there's a recent invention called the "cell phone camera" that would make this thread that much better.

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                                                                                                                          Porthos Nov 4, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                          Practice what you preach? ;-)

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                                                                                                                            ns1 Nov 4, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                            Yessir.

                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                              kevin Nov 4, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                              Are we supposed to take pictures of our written responses now ?

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                                                                                                                                CharlesKochel Nov 4, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                Is this considered barley soup?

                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                  JAB Nov 4, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  It is in my home.

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                                                                                                                                    kevin Nov 4, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                    Yea. Now that's exactly what I'm talking about.

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                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka Nov 4, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                      The one thing where foam is not trendy.

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                                                                                                                                    Porthos Nov 4, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                    Hey ns1. They also have a "notepad" on this "cell phone" you're talking about so you don't have to write post-it notes anymore.

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                                                                                                                                      ns1 Nov 4, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                      Hm...

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                              2. A5 KOBE Nov 4, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                Wait so does ramen count or what? Yesterday I had a delicious bowl of tonkatsu ramen at Men Oh.

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                                                                                                                                  Dommy Nov 4, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yesh!

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                                                                                                                                    ns1 Nov 4, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                    no pics no count.

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                                                                                                                                      A5 KOBE Nov 4, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                      i forgot, they had kitchen issues yesterday and opened late. i was starving and beasted on it before i could practice any sort of self restraint.

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                                                                                                                                        ns1 Nov 4, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        A common problem among food bloggers and their related ilk.

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                                                                                                                                          kevin Nov 4, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                          You know me. I never post pictures so is that still ok to post written text ?????

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                                                                                                                                      Xan7hos Nov 5, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                      I like their spicy miso more...both the broth and the noodle.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin Nov 4, 2013 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      Is Ritters Steam Kettle also open for lunch with the same menu ?

                                                                                                                                      Thanks.

                                                                                                                                      1. Porthos Nov 5, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Late lunch. Salted soy milk at Four Seas Irvine. Soup? Or...

                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                          linus Nov 5, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          kindly inform my ignorant fat ass what's floating in that?
                                                                                                                                          and is this sort of thing usually more for breakfast?

                                                                                                                                          many thanks.

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                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 5, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                            Definitely more breakfast fare. Needed something fast on the way back to the office and in line with DOM and preferably not involving greater than 50% starch component.

                                                                                                                                            It's fried cruellers, onions, dried pork floss, and some shredded preserved vegetable in curdled soy milk (from a touch of vinegar). Almost like toppings that you would find in congee. Sounds weird. Tastes great.

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                                                                                                                                              ipsedixit Nov 5, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                              Dunno if I've ever had pork floss in my diao-jiang.

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                                                                                                                                              J.L. Nov 5, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                              What Porthos said.

                                                                                                                                              Chinese goodness, that's what it is...

                                                                                                                                              Hey Porthos, how are the zhongzhe (Chinese "tamales") at the Irvine Si Hai?

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                                                                                                                                                Porthos Nov 5, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                They're average. All rice and meat. No better than 99 Ranch ones. They also have a mushroom one and a veggie one which I have never tried.

                                                                                                                                                The egg crepes are very good.

                                                                                                                                                Also like their pork and vegetable steamed buns. More vegetable than pork, almost vegetarian, but I kinda like that these days.

                                                                                                                                                Daikon pastries can't compete with Dean Sin World.

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                                                                                                                                              ipsedixit Nov 5, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                              That used to be my weekend treat as a kid. Had to have it paired with tsao-bing w/crullers.

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                                                                                                                                              schrutefarms Nov 5, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                              I LOVE the Tom Yum at Torung (that's the lemongrass one, right?) I get it mild and veggie, and every bite is a party that won't stop.

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                                                                                                                                                OCSteve Nov 5, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                Late post, but was craving ramen. We ended up at What's Up Men in Fullerton. Not as good as some I've had in Costa Mesa, but not bad at all. Noodles were nice and chewy right down to the end, and the broth had good flavor.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Nov 5, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Been there a while ago, it was alright but sort of a let down.

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                                                                                                                                                    OCSteve Nov 6, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I've been there a couple of times and have always gone in not expecting anything mind blowing. That being said, it scratched an itch when I didn't have time to drive for something better. Is there something better in that area that I'm missing?

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                                                                                                                                                    Porthos Nov 5, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Knew someone that worked there that kept urging me to try the place. Thanks for doing the leg work!

                                                                                                                                                    Strong late night chowing.

                                                                                                                                                  3. TheOffalo Nov 6, 2013 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Based on a recommendation by Porthos in a thread of mine last month (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9183...), I've been looking for a chance to try motsunabe and found myself at Shin-Sen-Gumi Shabu-Shabu in Gardena tonight ordering the shio motsunabe, a small for $14.50.

                                                                                                                                                    I really enjoyed this nabemono. It was nice and salty, which was good for seasoning the copious amounts of cabbage in it. In addition to beef tripe and intestines, the soup also had some meatballs and some really good tofu. It was medium firm and tasted fresh like it was made in-store.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks Porthos for the rec! It really hit the spot!

                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                      Porthos Nov 6, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Strong work. Thanks for reporting back with a picture. Looks healthy and very un-offaly with all that green cabbage.

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                                                                                                                                                        TheOffalo Nov 6, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                        The offal was hidden underneath all the cabbage. I guess I should have stirred the pot and then taken a second picture.

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                                                                                                                                                          Porthos Nov 6, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I meant that in a good way! :)

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                                                                                                                                                            TheOffalo Nov 6, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Ah. Yes it was quite a healthy dish! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                              VenusCafe Nov 18, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                              If you can call consuming an animal's organ of elimination "healthy"

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                                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                It's where all the minerals and vitamins are.

                                                                                                                                                                It's like the body's last ditch effort to get all the good stuff before it hits the "eject" button.

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                                                                                                                                                      djquinnc Nov 6, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Aside from the homemade chicken and rice soup I make for myself, a few LA soups come to mind:

                                                                                                                                                      After-school special at Grub (for the tomato soup on the side of the grilled cheese)
                                                                                                                                                      Boat noodles at Pa Ord
                                                                                                                                                      Chowda sampler at Connie and Ted’s
                                                                                                                                                      Khao soi at Renu Nakorn
                                                                                                                                                      Lentil soup at Elena’s Greek Armenian
                                                                                                                                                      Matzo ball soup at Canter’s
                                                                                                                                                      Sopa de fideo at Tere’s

                                                                                                                                                      1. Porthos Nov 6, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Lunch today at Moscow Deli in Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                                        Borscht. Was going to get the spicy meat soup also but they didn't have any. The borscht is delicious. Filled with beets, onions, shredded carrots, potatoes. I also spot celery and thinly sliced cabbage.

                                                                                                                                                        Gratuitous shot of their excellent Pelmeni. Can't resist an order of this.

                                                                                                                                                        Saw some chicken piroshki cooling behind the cashier as I was paying so I had to get one of those also. Also very good. Generous meat filling, thin outer bread bun.

                                                                                                                                                        Even more impressive is that they had 3 large pieces of deep fried halibut steaks (about 2 inch thick) also on the counter behind the cashier. Looked great.

                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                          kevin Nov 6, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                          What's in the pelmeni ?

                                                                                                                                                          And is the borschit, all veggie ????????

                                                                                                                                                          thanks man.

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                                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 6, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Pelmeni is "chicken or pork mixed with beef". The beef flavor comes out which is nice.

                                                                                                                                                            The borscht (in this case "borschit" may be equally appropriate) is all vegetables from what I can see. I can't say it doesn't have beef broth in it. Highly recommended.

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                                                                                                                                                              maudies5 Nov 7, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              One of the greatest dishes to come out of the late Russian Tea Room in NYC was the Pelmeny Siberia. I have the original cookbook and have made those pelmeny. Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                kevin Nov 7, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                In that case, you will have to invite us over.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Porthos Nov 7, 2013 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  What's the filling made of in that recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                              J.L. Nov 6, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Spaseeba for the intel. Now I know what to hit on Black Friday near South Coast Plaza.

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                                                                                                                                                                Porthos Nov 6, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Don't forget Ramen Zetton for the special chicken shoyu. You'll have to add the egg. It doesn't come standard.

                                                                                                                                                                Fortunately, I'll be working that day.

                                                                                                                                                            3. TheOffalo Nov 7, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I had the hanjuku tamago (soft-boiled egg) and ikura (salmon roe) oden (a type of Japanese soup) at Torihei tonight. The egg did not taste as seasoned as what might come with ramen, and the oden broth was very delicate and mild, so the ikura gave it needed salinity. A very simple but delicious dish.

                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                Porthos Nov 7, 2013 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Love that dish. Wanted to do it for egg DOM but never made it there.

                                                                                                                                                                Did you get the chicken soup? That's also another worthy addition to soup DOM.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Ciao Bob Nov 8, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for reminding me about my oden

                                                                                                                                                                2. Ciao Bob Nov 8, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Oden at Otafuko last weekend. Excellent.
                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't make the DOTM connection as I was eating it last weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                  Heck, I did not even know Otafuko HAD oden till I sat down right in front of it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Porthos Nov 8, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure if chile counts as soup but if it does, here is my 2 threads in 1 contribution.

                                                                                                                                                                    Delicious BBQ tri-tip and brisket at Smokey Fred's BBQ in Orange. Sides of coleslaw and chile. Chile is excellent. 3 kinds of meat and big chunks of Italian sausage.

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Nov 8, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      that ain't soup.

                                                                                                                                                                      unless you mean the cue sauce, on the side of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                        CharlesKochel Nov 10, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        the leftovers would make a nice addition to a hearty veggie beef stew, but that ain't soup, just a lot of love on a plate

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                                                                                                                                                                          jessejames Nov 10, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Beef chili co-"soup of the day" at Joan's last thurs. But I'm with you. Did have a good cheap lobster bisque (werent u looking for that) subbed for salad at hurry curry extra buck or so. When deep fried chicken with fat sauce not hearty enough. Sort of hamburger hamlet style but I like it with a glut of their special hot oil.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. WildSwede Nov 8, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        YAY! Soup. And I wasn't even here to vote!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. WildSwede Nov 8, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Last Sunday (after suffering withdrawals from being out of town in the midwest for 3 weeks) had a delicious bowl of Filet Mignon Pho at Pholicious. So good (especially when you are recovering from Bronchitis and a sinus infection!)

                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday for dinner: Tom Yum soup from Tiparos Thai on Colorado in Pasadena. Prolly my favorite Tom Yum. Warning: they have redone the restaurant, and it looks great, but prices have gone up.

                                                                                                                                                                          Today for lunch: First visit to Wat Dong Moon Lek Thai on Fountain/Sunset. Ordered the small size of the Wat Dong Moon Lek pork noodles and the Larb Tod. Wide rice noodles (you have a choice of noodle types), braised pork and meatballs with bean sprouts and scallions in a deliciously flavorful, slightly sweet broth. Knocked my socks off! When I added 2 spoonfulls of the orange hot sauce on the table, it also knocked my shirt off. Promptly ordered a large order to go. Larb Tod was nothing to write home about. Will definitely be back to try other offerings.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.watdongmoonlek.com/index.html

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                                                                                                                                                                            maudies5 Nov 8, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I generally love the seasonal soups at Farmshop in Brentwood. Their gazpacho with crab was out of this world. New soup on the menu. Had it today and it was a disappointment.
                                                                                                                                                                            They called it "Early Girl" Tomato soup with pistachios, bread crumbs and a couple of other things. The server told me that the broth was made of green tea and a little chicken stock to which pureed fresh early girls were added. Oh, and a soft poached egg was added, which added nothing at all to that soup. It was just o.k., nothing special and would not order again. OTOH, the baked Kabocha squash with pepitas and maple syrup was divine. I would return just for that dish.
                                                                                                                                                                            www.farmshopla.com

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                                                                                                                                                                              BHAppeal Nov 9, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Tortilla soup at Black Dog Coffee, on Wilshire between Masselin and Hauser, just east of LACMA. Always very fresh and light, good broth, quality chicken and a nice little spicy kick.

                                                                                                                                                                              All of their soups are pretty good, with some outstanding -- love the Pea soup, as well as the Corn Chowder. I work in the area and always check the monthly soup menu online to see when a favorite is coming up or if something new is being dished out.

                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.blackdogcoffee.com/content...

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                                                                                                                                                                                maudies5 Nov 9, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Corn chowder is great at Ivy. Same corn chowder for much less $$ at their commissary, Dolce Isola on Robertson.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. J.L. Nov 10, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Butternut squash soup at Fresh Corn Grill...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    CLowe Nov 10, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    The giant kimchi buns are my favorite thing at Myung In, but the dumpling soup is a close second. Had some yesterday, love the heavy chive inside and the mild broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. FallingLeaves Nov 10, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Din Tai Fung's steamed chicken soup and steamed beef soup. Must have.
                                                                                                                                                                                      These two soups extract the essence of chicken or beef by long and slow steaming in their own bowls respectively.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A5 KOBE Nov 10, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ramen Zetton #5 with egg

                                                                                                                                                                                        Not bad for OC but still put Santouka leaps ahead of this place.

                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Porthos Nov 10, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Glad you made it! I think #5 makes it the regular pork shio? The "specials" with extra bonito makes the difference for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We're gonna just have to disagree bigtime on this. I feel Santouka isn't even close to this level in complexity of broth or noodles or egg or chasu. The good news is we won't be responsible for any waits at either place :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            A5 KOBE Nov 10, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            It was not so much the complexity but it was just too salty for me. I enjoyed the broth but the chashu lacked flavor and the egg was average.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe my recent trip to Men Oh was an impacted my initial thoughts as well. Did not care for the noodles either. Agree though the broth was tasty but the salt was a bit too much for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                            How is the tan tan men? It looked like something worth trying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 10, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              the chashu lacked flavor and the egg was average
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                                                                                                                                                                                              But egg at santouka is totally cooked through and the chashu (aside from the special chasu at the Torrance branch) is gray and dull. I usually find that the chasu at Zetton has a nice braised soy flavor and a darker color to match. The egg is soft and custardy in the middle. I think our ramen preferences are just 180 from each other.

                                                                                                                                                                                              The best broth for me is the special chicken shoyu #4. The tsukemen is also delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Never had the tan tan men.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Porthos Nov 11, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lunch at Super Antojitos Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Caldo de rez. Big pieces of beef, carrots, chayote, cabbage, corn (frozen), zucchini with a couple of squeezes lime.

                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Porthos Nov 12, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Lunch. Sopa de pollo at Bella Cuba Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                              ns1 Nov 12, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              you are duke of DOTM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Nov 12, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea, we should prolly just go ahead and change DOTM to What-does-Porthos-want-to-eat-this-month.....Or even better, What-can-we-dare-Pothos-to-eat-month..... ;0)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  jessejames Nov 12, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  by the way, i was trying to get back to your great post on the peruvian food porthos and i saw it was gone...maybe you could repost somehow if you have it saved...great overview and informative...i want to eat that stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Porthos Nov 12, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mods moved it:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923421

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jessejames Nov 12, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      gracias

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Porthos Nov 12, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just trying to contribute and get people to participate actively :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Nov 12, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      porthos, is there anything you won't eat ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Porthos Nov 12, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rats and bugs and balut that has feathers and beak already developed. JL has me beat on those. Oh, and tempeh,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.L. Nov 12, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wichetty grub in the Australian Outback, right off the decomposing tree bark. That's where I draw / drew the line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kiviak - I think I'd like to try it, but I admit I am very afraid...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Nov 12, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, that sounds beyond fucking exceptional I want to try that shit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            But there is most likely no Inuit restaurants in LA, right ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Nov 12, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really? I figured you for a balut man.... Lmao...you're such a good sport for taking all the ribbing I've given you in this thread...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 12, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              :-) it's fun when we can joke around in a light-hearted manner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Super young fertilized egg is fine. Visible embryo with with beak and feathers and bones...kinda creepy. I know, I know...I'm such a picky eater ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Nov 13, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, I wouldn't be able to get past it either......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Nov 12, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I followed your lead in trying Ritter's steam kettle stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had the shrimp and crawfish étouffée which was quite good though not exceptional in my opinion. Interestingly enough the chef mentioned he's from the South, the south side of chicago that it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 12, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had the shrimp and crawfish étouffée which was quite good though not exceptional in my opinion
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            You have a better place in LA? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Nov 12, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, for fuck's sake you have a point there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, I don't think I have tried the version at Harold and Belle's in Jefferson Park come to think of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Porthos Nov 12, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well? What the f*ck are you waiting for then?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 15, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's a little gumbo for ya from Cochon New Orleans ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919701

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                jessejames Nov 15, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                nice color

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAB Nov 15, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love a dark roux. A point of contention in my household.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jessejames Nov 15, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    likewise...a gumbo that isn't brownish black is missing something for me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    u go for okra or filet? i like the okra makes it even darker and murkier

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JAB Nov 15, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Both! Me to my wife; "It's not burnt. The flavor has developed slowly."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jessejames Nov 15, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        love it good answer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Nov 15, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you hit it up recently ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I havent been to Cochon in some time. Back then they didn't even have gumbo on the menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. TheOffalo Nov 13, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the service of DoTM, I made a spur-of-the-moment drive from the Westside to Thai Town at 10:30 PM last night to try the Kouy Jub noodle soup at Ruen Pair that jdwdeville recommended in my "Offaliest Dish" thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918358#8349589).

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The soup is described on the menu as follows: "Noodle special rice flake in brown soup with pork offals, deep fried roasted pork, fired tofu and boiled egg."[sic]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        The offal included were pig's blood cubes, intestines, stomach, liver, heart (I think). The broth itself was very clear, not thickened with blood like boat noodles, and seemed to be beef-based. It was surprisingly "sweet" and had a strong cloves or anise taste to it, like a pho. The noodles are thick and curly and unfortunately overcooked (in my opinion, no idea if that's how it's supposed to be).

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really enjoyed the offal aspect of this soup and think it would be perfect if I could transplant all the toppings of this soup to a really good boat noodle soup like at Sapp with its rich tangy broth and thin al dente rice noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          cdub Nov 13, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          just went to dha rae ok in ktwon for the smoked duck. the winner was the spicy duck soup that they brought out at the end. stellar. i'd go there for the soup alone. didn't even know this place existed til yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. CharlesKochel Nov 13, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gazpacho - Jack's on Montana -http://www.jacks-on-montana.com/lunch...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not a gazpacho fan, but have had a few I really on a warm day in New York. Jack's read very well on the menu, so I have a the old college try for DOM. The red broth was a bit different and the lil' shrimp gave it a nice twist. The veggies were fresh. It was overall, good...maybe it's just the cold soup thing really doesn't do it for me. But sidewalk stroll on a warm day, I'd do it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thor123 Nov 13, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              While not a spectacular meal, the miso soup at the Korean stand at BH Farmers market is really good, as a tea, coffee, hot choc alternative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Porthos Nov 13, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner at Vien Dong in Westminster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bun Bung: Pork rib noodle soup with plantains, taro leaf stems, green papaya, fried tofu. Horrible name, delicious soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. WildSwede Nov 14, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Cocido de Res from La Fiesta Grande in Pasadena (the Albondigas is also good) and the Sopa de Tortilla from Mijares, also in Pasadena are delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Caldo de Pavo and the Sopa de Lima from Chichen Itza are also fantastic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I think my all-time favorite soup from a Mexican restaurant is the vegetable/pasta soup that you get with your meal at La Parrilla. I always order large orders to-go and relish every drop!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Gypsy Jan Nov 14, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea know, ipse,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With all the whining about this Dish of the Month subject being boring and uninspiring,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To my surprise, I have really enjoyed reading through the various posts from start to finish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think that there is an ineffable quality about a good soup made with heart and soul that can't be defined in words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I know ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But, in truth, the DotM has always in my opinion been less about the "D" and more about the 'Hounds that are eating/talking about the "D".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Nov 14, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now that reminds me that I have a house pan roast that I really need to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. JAB Nov 15, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today's lunch: Beef Stewed Noodle Soup at Mandarin Noodle House in MP. It may not make any top 10 lists but, this feels like home to me. I believe that it's somehow related to the Mandarin Delis formerly in Chinatown and Little Tokyo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Nov 15, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really liked that Mandarin Deli in chinatown that is now defunct and departed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB Nov 15, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It would be worth your while to check out Mandarin Noodle House then. Also, there's a Mandarin Deli in Northridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Nov 15, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Got it. Thanks bro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB Nov 15, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Forgot to mention, get the homemade noodles. Worth the extra $.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Nov 15, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Local Nov 17, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pit stop on the way to see RT n' the 44s and Frank Fairfield in Long Beach yesterday...late lunch at El Pollo Imperial - their Aguadito Soup is addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Porthos Nov 17, 2013 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley. Late night on the way back from the airport.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spicy yukkejan soup: shredded beef, egg, vegetables (onions, enoki, shiitake, carrots, fern stems, soybean sprouts, spinach). Really hits the spot. Not really that spicy at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Nov 18, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They have soups at Tsuurhashi. ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always thought it was just the yakiniu stuff ????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JAB Nov 18, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've had a really good hearty soup there a few times called Kuppa, which I got when they were "out" of Kimchi Fried Rice, which is often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dommy Nov 22, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They also have THE BEST Bimbimbap...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OCSteve Nov 18, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I finally made it to Ramen Zetton today and had the special chicken shoyu. Wow! I was amazed at how rich the broth was. The noodles were perfectly chewy, too. The egg was cooked a little past what I prefer, but this was still a great meal. I will be back soon. Thanks, Porthos!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Porthos Nov 18, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad you liked it! That special chicken shoyu has great complexity from the bonito flakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear the egg was overcooked. Sometimes it's on and sometimes it overcooked like the one you had today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OCSteve Nov 18, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The egg is a minor quibble with an otherwise stellar bowl of ramen. I'm already making plans to go back and try their other offerings, but it will be tough to go away from that special chicken shoyu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Porthos Nov 18, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am happily stuck in a routine of the special chicken shoyu and the tsukemen. Make sure you ask for it cold if they ask you whether you want it warm or cold. In each case the dipping broth is hot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Nov 18, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The chicken shoyu ramen is without any pork ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Porthos Nov 21, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your post got me craving Zetton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ramen kind a day. Place is packed for lunch. The egg looks a bit less cooked than yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The champ next to me ordered his with a pat of butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice! As much as I love butter, I don't think their broth needs it. Could be worth a try, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 21, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it was the corn, miso, butter ramen one. Too rich for my blood!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OCSteve Nov 19, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had the pho dac Biet at Viet Huong Restaurant in El Monte today. The broth was rich and well balanced, and the noodles were not overcooked. Overall, a good solid bowl of pho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OCSteve Nov 20, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had the House Pan Roast at Ritter's Steam Kettle today. The base was creamy, deliciousness. Very well balanced. There was a ton of seafood in the dish. Still no beer and wine, but I can't wait to get back. I'm also including a pic of the Molasses Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, also very tasty although a little too done for my taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Porthos Nov 21, 2013 01:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strong work Neighbor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight at Morinoya, amongst many things:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Sliced pork, enoki, vegetable hot pot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -matsutake dobinmushi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gratuitous shot of whole braised kinki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.L. Nov 21, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for reminding me I'm overdue to for a visit to Mori-san!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB Nov 21, 2013 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like a small portion or, is the bowl humongous?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 21, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The portions are humongous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The rice is a standard cup sized pile of rice. Use the straw wrapper next to it as another reference. It's actually tough to finish all of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, Porthos. Yes, the bowl is gigantic. I shared that bowl and the shrimp with my dining companion, and it was more than enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Xan7hos Nov 21, 2013 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Noodle Boy in Rosemead..rice noodle with wontons in their pork broth. Simple and delicious. Their wontons are large, plump, and full of crunchy shrimp goodness. While the broth didn't stand out its the textbook example of what wonton soup ought to taste like..perfect compliment for everything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saigon Eden's #17 Large Beef Pho Noodles. Honestly my favorite bowl of pho in the SGV...broth is great and I find the portions of sliced rare beef, brisket, tendon, and tripe very generous. Plus free warm sweet bean tapioca dessert...can't beat it on a rainy day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. CharlesKochel Nov 21, 2013 01:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Santa Monica rain drop felt today - hurried over to SM Seafood for a cup a chowda (New England.) I have always stood by their clam chowder. Sweet, tender clams in a thick, creamy broth ... it's also a bonus, for me, to order a side of grilled ciabatta ($1)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The manhatten style is a good also, but for my preference, if I go that route, I order the fish stew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last, I really like what they've done with the website navigation, it's (to me) good foodie porn.http://www.santamonicaseafood.com/con...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ended up at A & J in Irvine today for their spicy beef and tendon noodle soup with thick noodles. Excellent as always. Also included is a gratuitous shot (ala Porthos) of the sliced pig ears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAB Nov 21, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The pig ears are served cold right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes they are. They were not spectacular, but not bad. A little chili oil helped them a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JAB Nov 21, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love fried pigs ears but, I'm unsure of cold ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I prefer them fried, but these were perfectly fine. What is it you're unsure of; the taste, or the texture? These had a very mild flavor to them. They were slightly chewy, but I don't think the texture is a huge barrier to trying them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB Nov 21, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's that they're so gelatinous which when fried is a very very good thing, as long as they're not fried to crispy, melting that gelatin. It's the cold unmelted gelatin that makes me wonder if I would like them cold. I'll pull the trigger one of these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gotcha. For what it's worth, the ones I had today were not that gelatinous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 21, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you eat pig's head terrine or headcheese, it should be no big deal. Similiar in texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OCSteve Nov 21, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It wasn't as gelatinous as head cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Porthos Nov 21, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's what I'm saying. If you eat head cheese and terrine pig ears is easy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linus Nov 21, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    look, i'm contributing:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    today i had the caldo de res at el tapatio in burbank.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it was eh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JAB Nov 21, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pics or...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linus Nov 21, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just to the thread. the soup wasn't special enough to rate a photo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. TheOffalo Nov 22, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had the Hot Pot Tom Yum Goong Spicy Shrimp Soup at Night+Market last night. Good amount of soup for $12. Could be an entire meal for one, a big portion for two, or an appetizer course for 3-4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's much better than the mediocre tom yum goong I've had in my life, all just lemongrass and heat. At N+M, the combination of flavors, the quality of ingredients (large, plump shrimp cooked just to the right doneness), was all just right: complexity simply done. I'd expect nothing less from Chef Kris and his team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Larger versions of posted pics:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/hAXTd9A-s2/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/hAX1leg-tS/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CLowe Nov 24, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        great pics!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lunch at Pizzeria Ortica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cauliflower zuppa with charred escarole. Delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gratuitous shot of DOP Margherita with buffalo mozzarella and added salame picante.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OCSteve Nov 22, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I might have blown my streak today. Do margaritas count as soup?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Porthos Nov 22, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chilled tequila and strawberry soup?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OCSteve Nov 22, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was chilled lime-based soup drizzled with agave distillate. Like sherry in lobster bisque. It was so good that I ordered a second "bowl".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Nov 22, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That blistered crust looks like the real deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Nov 22, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is the real deal. Been around back before the LA pizza boom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I messed it up with the salame picante. Would have been better in its pure state.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Nov 22, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, those blisters are trying a futile attempt to peak out from under the onslaught of the salame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VenusCafe Nov 22, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to Milo & Olive for my DOM soup. Minestrone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was somewhat bland, but very fresh and wholesome; unfortunately it was burdened with way too much kale. The small bits of potato were very welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The overload of kale might have been acceptable if it had only been chopped finer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or if it had been spinach!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was my first visit and I think M&O is a bit overrated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ALOHA!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VenusCafe Nov 22, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PS my better half said that spinach would have turned mushy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in the M&O minestrone soup. I disagree, feeling that the soup was served so fresh from the flame that the spinach would have held up well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He felt the kale was alright, just too much of it, too big and clumpy, while everything else in the soup was a tiny dice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our waitress Carrie was delightful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The pizza, mensa mensa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ciao Bob Nov 23, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am so over the KaleKraze. I am sure it is very healthy but it is just so rarely pleasant to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Porthos Nov 23, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tofu King Irvine. Because I was too hungry to wait for 101 Noodle Express.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fu Zhou fish ball soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gratuitous pork chop rice shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Both meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Nov 24, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds like your first bad meal in ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Porthos Nov 24, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trieu Chau in Santa Ana (the original one on 1st)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                House special noodles, no pork balls, add wonton. Small white noodles (pho noodles). Strong contender for best bowl of noodles in LA/OC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The ultimate anti-no substitutions restaurant. They'll make it your way any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Price has increased about $0.75. Now $9 all in for the large bowl pictured below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Nov 24, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The night time temps have been falling over the past few days - this definitely puts me more in the mood for soup. We enjoyed the osh from Attari in Westwood last night. We balanced that out with a trip across the street to Saffron & Rose Ice Cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. Nov 24, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Second the Ash from Attari...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Nov 24, 2013 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I usually just hit up the sandwiches. But I'll give it a whirl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Too bad they are not open on Mondays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Nov 24, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My usual M.O. there is the chicken olivieh or beef kotlet sandwich, & a bowl of ash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then walk over to Saffron Rose across the street for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Nov 25, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And then the Thai joint for a nightcap of some soft shell crab in curry sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Nov 25, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you guys every try the Friday only ab-goosht or dizzie???????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Nov 25, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You should try their tongue or brain sandwich next time. It should be right up your alley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cacio e pepe Nov 25, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That tongue sandwich is quite nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ipsedixit Nov 25, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like their version of Pac-Man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J.L. Nov 25, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He's here all week, folks...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ipsedixit Nov 26, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why you always making fun of me?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't you know I flunked remedial ESL. Twice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I got Atari and Attari confused. Shoot me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. Nov 26, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >> Shoot me. <<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the 2600 system, to which I dedicated a significant portion of my childhood (instead of racing my Huffy bike outside like I shoulda been)...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Man, I feel old now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ciao Bob Nov 25, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thien An - Beef and Seafood Hot Pot (quite good but not truly special)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alongside the truly special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Delicious baked catfish, 7 Courses of Beef, coldest beer in the SGV - "33" Export

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry, I did not snap the soup (at all) or the catfish (before we at 98% of it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GREAT PLACE. Thanks to TonyC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JAB Nov 25, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is that beer on the rocks?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cacio e pepe Nov 25, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's how they do. At least sometimes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jessejames Nov 25, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  looks great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  only place ive ever had beer on the rocks were the many places in vietnam....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cacio e pepe Nov 25, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A number of restaurants in Little Saigon and SGV will do it, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAB Nov 25, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The horror!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cacio e pepe Nov 25, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know. But strangely, with the mild lagers they brew it's actually just fine. And when it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity it works. It still can't really get used to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Porthos Nov 26, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clear broth beef noodle soup with brisket at Lao Dong Beef Noodles Irvine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I prefer the clear broth to the soy braised ones these days. I also prefer brisket to beef shank. The soup is clear but flavorful. Like the steamed beef soup at Din Tai Fung but richer. Sadly the XLB here have gone from excellent to just pretty good and sometimes average.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Btw, the clear beef broth at Chef Hung's taste like pho broth. Don't bother with that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Porthos Nov 29, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  El Cabrito Santa Ana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Birria specialist. Utterly packed. Everyone had the same idea. The goat was delicious. The tall cup of hot consommé really hit the spot on a day like this. They should sell this at Starbucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 30, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And just because I promised Porthos I would....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The RI clam chowder at Connie & Ted's. Cubes of salt pork melting into the briny, hot broth with chunks of fresh, tender clams...so rich and flavorful. Homemade oyster crackers. Perfect for a rainy fall day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Porthos Nov 30, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks great! Would have never guessed it would be a clear broth. Assumed it would be like NE clam chowda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for sharing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Porthos Nov 30, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fukada Irvine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nabeyaki udon with tempura shrimp, really good organic tofu, nice dark yellow/orange egg, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Porthos Nov 30, 2013 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last minute entry at Playground Santa Ana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Manilla clams with Fresno chile, smoked pork broth, black lager, and creme fraiche. Absolutely delicious. Does not wimp out on the spice level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          clintonhillbilly Dec 5, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The clam chowder at Harold and Belle's is the best! So rich and creamy.

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