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Mar 26, 2014 03:29 PM

"Chicken and Rice" -- What NYC can do, LA certainly cannot do better

For those of who have spent any time in midtown Manhattan, you will no doubt have seen, waited in, or laughed at the lines for the Halal Guys at 53rd/6th. And if you haven't, you can read up about it here:

Well, now LA has its own "Halal Cart" and it's called Chicken and Rice, and nowadays you can find them in DTLA in the Fashion District serving up lunch. Fancy, flash-enabled website,, and the obligatory Twitter account,

Ok, so intro out of the way, how's the food, you say?

Just. Not. Very. Good.

You get a choice of chicken or lamb over rice.

Ordered the chicken over rice. Several things to note here.

First, it's only white meat, which in the grand scheme of things isn't a big deal because of the obligatory "white sauce" (more on that in a minute), but besides from being a bit dry, the meat was also sort of vapid. Like stale, condensed, squished together Peeps.

Second, the accouterments -- generally lettuce and tomatoes in NYC. Here? Arugula (and spinach I think). Ugh.

Third, the white sauce. This is actually pretty good, and a pretty good facsimile of what you can find on 53rd/6th. It's got that creamy, sweet, tangy flavor you're looking for and expecting. (Note: not diet food, and if you don't like mayo, stay away and do "red sauce").

Ok, and the last kicker? It's going to set you back a full Alexander Hamilton (that's $10 for you non-numismatics). Why is that a kicker? Cuz, it's like fucking $3 cheaper in the heart of midtown Manhattan!

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  1. Chicken n Rice: Siam Sunset, Savoy, Com Ga Nam An

    We do it better, always. * insert dancing banana emoticon*

    8 Replies
    1. re: TonyC

      Them chickens aren't Halal.

      For people who care about such details ...

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Do they claim themselves as full Halal? I see the Halal gyrocone.

        The line I saw seemed more Asian than Muslim...

        1. re: TonyC

          The Chicken and Rice truck serves halal lamb and chicken. They've posted pics before of the halal certifications on their website or Twitter (can't remember which). Not sure if they are still there or not.

          1. re: TonyC

            Not the same at all; i love hainan chicken rice but srsly, not the same. We want what we can't have.

            when i went to NYC i made a beeline for Chicken n Rice. Thought it was super overrated.

            Went home and after 3 months started craving it for no damn reason at all.

            1. re: ns1

              It's that damn white sauce. And the stink, er, smell.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                and the hot sauce! i slosh a buttload of hot sauce on my lamb&rice...*drool*

          2. Did they raise their prices? When I went (maybe a few months ago), the chicken was 7, lamb 8, and combo plate 10.

            1. Shortly after I read this thread over on the Manhattan board I lost my urge to try the LA version.

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              1. re: Servorg

                Why? Everyone in that thread seems to be saying LA has better Middle Eastern food than NYC...

                1. re: BacoMan

                  I was talking about the chicken and rice phenomena and the fact that so many here seemed enthralled with what they found in NY. Now I read a take on it that the stuff in NY isn't any great shakes, so I wasn't inclined to try the version here in LA at that point (an inferior version of something that is already inferior doesn't exactly make my heart beat faster).

                  1. re: Servorg

                    It's like a mcdonalds sausage mcmuffin and egg. Doesn't make sense.

              2. I've tried both. I've just been too ashamed of the L.A. version to say anything.

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