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

ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 03:29 PM

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: http://53rdand6th.com/

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, http://chickenandricela.com/, and the obligatory Twitter account, https://twitter.com/ChickenRiceLA

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. TonyC RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 03:52 PM

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

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

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    1. re: TonyC
      ipsedixit RE: TonyC Mar 26, 2014 03:54 PM

      Them chickens aren't Halal.

      For people who care about such details ...

      1. re: ipsedixit
        TonyC RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 04:02 PM

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

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

        1. re: TonyC
          boogiebaby RE: TonyC Mar 26, 2014 05:25 PM

          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
            ipsedixit RE: TonyC Mar 26, 2014 06:12 PM

            They say they are Halal.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            Butter Fight RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 04:05 PM

            Zam Zam?

          3. re: TonyC
            ns1 RE: TonyC Mar 26, 2014 04:29 PM

            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
              ipsedixit RE: ns1 Mar 26, 2014 06:13 PM

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

              1. re: ipsedixit
                namstermonster RE: ipsedixit Mar 31, 2014 10:13 AM

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

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            andytseng RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 04:20 PM

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

            1. Servorg RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 06:16 PM

              Shortly after I read this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9673... thread over on the Manhattan board I lost my urge to try the LA version.

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              1. re: Servorg
                BacoMan RE: Servorg Mar 29, 2014 07:23 PM

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

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                  Servorg RE: BacoMan Mar 30, 2014 01:25 PM

                  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).

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                    ns1 RE: Servorg Mar 30, 2014 04:49 PM

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

              2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Mar 26, 2014 07:13 PM

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

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                1. re: J.L.
                  ipsedixit RE: J.L. Mar 26, 2014 07:15 PM

                  I have no shame.

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                  AubWah RE: ipsedixit Mar 27, 2014 06:36 AM

                  Lol so goofy

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Mar 27, 2014 10:35 PM

                    Oh no no no no.... It must be made with thighs, not breasts, ugh! Was the meat at least lemony & garlicky??

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                      J.L. RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 28, 2014 12:09 AM

                      I likes the dark meats...

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                        Dirtywextraolives RE: J.L. Mar 28, 2014 10:50 AM

                        Yes, much more flavor..... And I've got to say, even if it's reasonable, glad I make it myself and don't pay for a poor imitation with the truck & the chicken breasts. It''s a very easy recipe.

                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives
                        BacoMan RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 29, 2014 07:26 PM

                        No, it pretty much sucks.

                        They're just trying to capitalize on the popularity of the NYC thing.

                        There isn't much substance to the chicken, or the rice. The dish would be virtually inedible without the sauces.They just have good sauces that no one else in LA is really doing.

                        That's it.

                        1. re: BacoMan
                          namstermonster RE: BacoMan Mar 31, 2014 10:10 AM

                          Truly, to each his own. I happen to love the lamb & rice (always disliked the chicken however). Yes, the sauces make it absolutely delicious and crave-worthy, however, even without the sauces I'd say it's at least fairly good...most def a far cry from being "virtually inedible."

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