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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

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The co-dishes of the month for Los Angeles for July 2014 are FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) along with FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS.

Here's a link to the voting thread for last month (I think) where the two tied: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980413

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of the two as possible. Anything related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find either or both (and all of their various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating fried chicken or ice cream.

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

Maybe it is just me, but I am also very interested in value. So give prices and portions: how many and what pieces of fried chicken, or how many scoops and what presentation of Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products.

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    1. Still high from Tacolandia this weekend (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980675), I saw that chef Katsuji Tanabe, one of the participants, had posted a pic of a "fried chicken and watermelon salad with pickle onions and jalapeno with fresh dill and parsley" taco that he was serving today at his restaurant, Mexikosher (http://instagram.com/p/p5NDoiiOtp/).

      Perfect, I thought! If fried chicken is the DotM (or co-DoTM, thanks for doing that, nosh!), then I'll have to check it out. When I went there for lunch, the staff up front did not know about it. Turns out the one-off specials are usually only served at dinner. Oh well.

      I started driving back from Mexikosher to my work and I passed a very interesting sign for fried chicken... Kosher, Chinese, fried chicken! So of course I had to stop. I ordered two pieces and their beef egg rolls, and was just going to eat them as is. However, all the talk about Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products had me thinking already, and I took a detour to Rite-Aid. The rest is history.

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      Okay, so the fried chicken, for sitting in a case for god knows how long (the place was empty), was actually not bad. It's not Flossie's. It's not Popeye's. Probably not even KFC. But it served its purpose.

      I chose chocolate ice cream for my own take on Choco Chicken. Sweet, savory, crispy, creamy, pretty good combo!

      (Oh, the beef egg rolls weren't too bad. A bit bland, but definitely had that NYC-style skin going.)

      Edit: Forgot pricing. Egg rolls, which was a special, not on the menu, was a bit pricy at $6, but I had to try them. The fried chicken could be bought a la carte. Wing was $0.99, and thigh was something like $2.75 I think.

       
       
       
       
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      1. re: TheOffalo

        Are those really the egg rolls? They look kind of NY style - something lots of us are seeking. Though I guess how authentic could they be without shrimp and barbecue pork in them?

        I love the combo chicken / frozen dairy based dessert product (I'm scared to just call it ice cream)!! Awesome!!

        1. re: gr8pimpin

          They are most definitely NY style, but since they are also certified kosher, obviously they're not authentic, but they work within their constraints. The skin was even multi-layered with the inner layer having that slightly gooey un-doneness to them for true hole-in-the-wall NYC Chinese.

              1. re: nosh

                Thanks nosh. I'd like to just that this isn't a place to go out of your way to try. It was fortuitous that brought me there after I failed to procure fried chicken tacos, but otherwise it's not really noteworthy.

              2. re: TheOffalo

                Might have to get some and supply my own bbq pork and shrimp, bite the end off of an egg roll and add my fixins..! Lol

                Thanks for the report!!

            1. re: TheOffalo

              Strong early work! Back to back would have been fine. Dipping? Really? Lol

              1. re: JAB

                Why not? I wanted to make them into a single DotM. :-)

              2. re: TheOffalo

                kosher chicken in chocolate ice cream! oy vey!! ;)

                1. re: NYCnowLA

                  Hey, I don't have to keep kashrut. :-)

                  Actually, Chick 'n Chow had a bacon cheeseburger on their specials menu. I glanced to see that it was beef bacon but I forgot to look at what they used instead of cheese.

              3. Does a shake count? I stopped at Portillo's in Buena Park on the way home early today to catch the World Cup game and got a Chocolate Cake Shake. Yes, their oh so good chocolate cake blended with vanilla ice cream.

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                  1. re: jessejames

                    Went sausage this time. I was just there a little over a week ago and did the beef.

                  2. re: JAB

                    Shake is a FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS, or is at least made with it. I say it counts!

                    1. re: JAB

                      FDBDP was supposed to include things like shakes/malts/snows

                    2. My favorite frozen dessert is this luscious confection from AOC
                      My favorite fried chicken is Bouchon's

                       
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                      1. re: maudies5

                        Ooh, I know you've mentioned it before but can you say again what it's called? Something with blood orange?

                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          blood orange Vacherin with candied kumquat ice cream and pistachios. So it is baked layers of meringue(Vacherin) and it tastes even better than it looks.

                          1. re: maudies5

                            It honestly couldn't. Looks so good!

                            1. re: maudies5

                              really does look great. id go there just for that.

                              but how are you sharing this with 3 friends?

                              with good ice cream sundaes my better half always asking me to just share but im wiser now. I get mine, then share hers.

                              1. re: jessejames

                                I actually shared it with 2 friends at lunch and 3 at dinner. We had eaten quite well and just wanted a little bit of dessert. Friends are all great world travelers and they all commented that this was the best non chocolate dessert they had ever tasted. My guess is you could order this at the bar if you didn't want to go for a meal. Not certain, though, so would double check.

                            2. re: TheOffalo

                              If you're a blood orange/kumquat fan, get here. I tried it last week and it was superb.

                            3. re: maudies5

                              AOC does a lovely fried chicken as well. Even better at brunch when served on a waffle!

                               
                                1. re: maudies5

                                  Ate at AOC tonight and apparently that blood orange dessert with candied kumquat ice cream was taken off the menu a week ago...it's seasonal. But their Spanish fried chicken was amazing...perhaps my favorite fried chicken ever.

                                  1. re: Nicole

                                    Nicole, you are right. Had lunch at AOC today. Alas, the Blood Orange Vacherin is off the menu:(

                                    1. re: Nicole

                                      I'll second the fried chicken rec. Incredibly juicy and flavorful. Though I thought it could use a TOUCH of salt, but that could be because the aioli it was served with was completely unsalted, and we had it on the table with another, saltier dish (the squid ink risotto.)

                                      1. re: Savour

                                        I should probably add that after dinner we forewent AOC desserts in favor of a stop at Blockheads in Alhambra. This is the almond shaved snow with rice balls and what was supposed to be coconut drizzle but I think was condensed milk. I made the husband (a snow first-timer) get the black sesame, which is my fave - he thought mine was better.

                                         
                                  2. Got this from Carvel for my son's birthday last week...

                                     
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                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Cookie Puss! I was more a Fudgie the Whale fan.