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Where can I find Chinese turkey in the SGV? - the 2013 edition

Kicking off the annual, "where can I find Chinese style turkey in the SGV for Thanksgiving" thread. You're welcome.

I know the usual suspects, Sam Woo BBQ and 99 Ranch, but is there any place else that will have turkey for Thanksgiving? Monterey Palace? Sham Tseng?...any other BBQ? Will any restaurants be serving turkey on Thanksgiving or afterwards?

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  1. Not to answer your question directly (since that would take the fun out of it), there is an Internet listing of Chinatown restaurants providing holiday fowl.

    https://www.copy.com/s/TQ8gUGKMLEMP/2...

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        Would be interesting to know if any of these places, especially Beijing Duck House prepare turkey with skin as crispy as Peking duck instead of an "HK style roast duck" Turkey.

        1. re: selfportrait93

          No. Not possible, unless you use creme brûlée torch as a finishing flourish - but then that's neither Peking nor even necessarily Chinese style.

      2. Where can I find Chinese turkey in the SGV?
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        Beijing Duck House.

        Mei Long Village used to do them too, dunno about this year.

        I'm sure places like 888, Ocean Star, Elite, Sea Harbour, SNo.1, Capital, etc. will all offer up their version of Thanksgiving Turkey.

        But at the end day, y'know something Jim, you're just getting soy sauce chicken but with a big freaking butterball turkey masquerading as the "chicken".

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          But at the end day, y'know something Jim, you're just getting soy sauce chicken but with a big freaking butterball turkey masquerading as the "chicken".
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          Thanks for the list. ipse, you know that & I know that, but...

          As TonyC put it: "Scribes gotta eat." (yes, this *could* be an article)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I'm sure places like 888, Ocean Star, Elite, Sea Harbour, SNo.1, Capital, etc. will all offer up their version of Thanksgiving Turkey.
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            Turkey dim-sum? Are these (I assume) freshly carved dinner offerings?

            Do Beijing Duck House, MLV (and above) only have full and/or carved turkeys? Does anyplace serve turkey plates, oh, say Fri or Sat at the restaurants?

            1. re: JThur01

              I've heard that the Chinese buffets are crowded on Thanksgiving because they serve turkey.

              1. re: JThur01

                Turkey dim-sum? Are these (I assume) freshly carved dinner offerings?

                Do Beijing Duck House, MLV (and above) only have full and/or carved turkeys? Does anyplace serve turkey plates, oh, say Fri or Sat at the restaurants?
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                No. No. No. And none.

                Turkey a la Ralphs or Bristol Farms.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Ok, think I got it. So all are just order and pick up? Not a single restaurant serves turkey?

                  Turkey dim-sum was a joke and the carving not far behind ;-)

                  What about Hometown Buffet or Golden Corral? :-)

                  1. re: JThur01

                    Pretty much. Some places don't serve turkey but will cook it for you for a small fee.

                    1. re: JThur01

                      You might call around some of the HK-style cafes.

                      They might gin up a Turkey hot plate HK-cafe style for Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't write the stuff before or after your by-line before making those calls, however.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        ray, ispe, thanks.

                        Better yet, how about if I make visits to the HK-style cafes and ask? Any specific HK-cafes worth checking on?

                        At the BBQs, when necessary, I'll be asking in my Chinese to a Canto speaker shortly after I've had dental work, so it's bound to provide great entertainment value :-)

                        1. re: JThur01

                          I guess it's worth a try, but I have no idea which HK-style cafes would be the best candidates.

                          1. re: JThur01

                            Better yet, how about if I make visits to the HK-style cafes and ask? Any specific HK-cafes worth checking on?

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                            Am I getting attribution? Even a 'Hound needs to eat ...

                            But I suppose I could skip a meal or two. Start with the two Sundays -- Bistro and Cafe -- as their menus are either predominantly or exclusively single-diner non-family style. Then just sort of work your way west on Valley until you run out of antacids.

                            God bless, and good luck. My intestines wish you the best. Especially the lower one.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Am I getting attribution? Even a 'Hound needs to eat ...
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                              Unlike some, I do believe in full disclosure, which is why I mention when I'm seeking info for a piece. If I get anything directly from the mouths/keyboards of CHers, I do try to attribute in general, if not individually (posting noms de plume do make it a bit tougher). So, yes.

                              Thanks. Eh, I was raised on turkey (insert joke here), so this should be easy as a piece of turkey.

                              1. re: JThur01

                                Much respect for that Jim. It especially disturbs me when authors are being paid for their work and they lazily put out an inquiry that turns into an article / book with no disclosure nor attribution.

                                1. re: JThur01

                                  Proper attribution would be nice, but a free meal (for research purposes) would be even better. :-)

                                  1. re: raytamsgv

                                    Given the subject of the research, I prefer attribution. Only.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      ray, I'd buy for you, but 1. we don't get paid much and 2. I used up too much gas money running around to places ipse suggested that *don't* have turkey :-) Still want credit?

                                      One other point. I'm usualy not completely ignorant on places that have or don't have something. I'm simply looking for corroborative info in many cases.

                                      ipse, would turkey + mooncakes be ok with you? :-)

                          2. re: JThur01

                            In the past the Chinese buffet in Alhambra had turkey on Thanksgiving. Possible the other Chinese buffets too.

                    2. Excuse me sir, or madam, but what is "Chinese style turkey"?

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                      1. re: EarlyBird

                        Think soy sauce chicken a la Sam Woo but with Turkey.

                        Think a plate of glutinous sticky rice a la zongzi instead of stuffing.

                        Think bad, reheated canned gravy.

                        Think the same thing about cranberry sauce.

                        Think fried rice instead of mashed potatoes.

                        You can stop thinking now.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Thank you.

                          Perhaps that's why the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, not Shanghai.

                      2. Last year, Capital Seafood in Monterey Park had it, but I haven't checked lately.

                        1. In the BBQ section of U2 Cafe & BBQ in Alhambra.

                          1. You can try ACC Chinese Fast Food in Alhambra, between Costco and King Hua restaurant. The name sounds terrible, and I can't vouch for the fast food there, but they do a surprisingly nice job of preparing Chinese turkeys and it is one their specialties. You can bring in your own or order one of theirs.

                            1. Sam Woo has a deal $43.99 on turkey and sticky rice

                              1. Zen Buffet in Temple City is having a "Thanksgiving Feast", but I'm not sure what they'll be offering.

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                                1. re: raytamsgv

                                  .... but I'm not sure what they'll be offering.

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                                  Lines out the door.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Ipse -

                                      To quote Sargeant Schultz "I know nothing. NOTHING!"

                                      And today less so than normal : )

                                      1. re: blimpbinge

                                        He is.

                                        But he also needs to eat. Apparently.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          Said as Bob Newhart would: That...that...would be me.

                                          I attributed CH, but it was edited out. Always cringeworthy when that happens, even when the writer has no control over it. I once did a non-food piece only through the kind help of a couple of librarians from a distant place. I thanked them at the bottom...and the editor took it out.

                                          If it turns the way it went for the last writer in here, may I forward it all to my editor? :-)

                                          1. re: JThur01

                                            You know I'm just giving you a hard time, right, Jim?

                                            And, yeah, I'm sorry I couldn't give you better, more solid, leads.

                                            Maybe ask again next year during late summer/early fall and I give you good mooncakes [cough, cough] recommendations.

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              Yep :-)

                                              No problem about the leads. They made for some good entertainment, like laughter from a waitress followed by: "No, we are Chinese restaurant." :-)

                                              Or the one nice owner of a BBQ place who wrote down the Cantonese characters for turkey for me.

                                              1. re: JThur01

                                                Thanks for the suggestions, a couple of which weren't on my radar (I especially want to give thanks since it didn't make the piece).

                                                It's kind of interesting which of the dim sum/seafood places do turkey and which do not.

                                                1. re: JThur01

                                                  You scooped Eddie by a neat (palindromic) 3 hours and 13 minutes!

                                                  http://www.lamag.com/lafood/digestblo...

                                    2. My friends invited me to carve a turkey for an early Thanksgiving Turkey meal today. I have both the experience and the tools.
                                      They had bought their turkey from Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park.
                                      Price is average. ~$50 for a 12-14 lb bird with gravy and sticky rice sides. Both the gravy and the sticky rice looked less than desirable. So I do not know how they tasted.
                                      However, I was surprised to find that the bird had a gorgeous, evenly golden brown crisp skin that appeared to have been deep-fried. However, none of the breast and leg meat nor the inside cavity had any signs of darkening usually associated with cooking a turkey using the deep-frying method. Taste wise, the turkey must have been brined and therefore very tasty and moist.
                                      I guess that they must have first roasted the bird and then quickly deep-frying briefly to crisp the skin.
                                      The bird fed 8 of us. No leftover what so ever.