*Apologizing in advance if this is too long & for any grammatical errors😀. If u have the need to criticize, pls be nice or I might forget my PW again & go back to lurking😍
Yay, finally figured out my PW, been lurking & since most of the posts are mostly north of SELACO, this was worth finding my PW. Not many posts coming from this area, I’m not a prolific writer & can no longer eat as much as I used to but I welcome any recs for good eats around this ABC area (Artesia bounded by Cerritos). I know there are better restos beyond but I like to stay close to the area & see what is wtg to be discovered. Yrs ago TonyC rec mandu/mandoo inside the HMart on Pioneer but they closed. So many interesting Indian, Indo/Chinese, Nepalese (Tara’s from Culver City opened on Pioneer), Bangladesh, Korean, Filipino, Cambodian RiceStrings Noodle (same owners as The Shack in LB but this one is mainly noodles—dry & soup), lots of Thai but Americanized, Vietnamese, chains, etc. BTW, I just noticed what looks like a chain of Chicago Pizza With a Twist on South/Pioneer—used to be Scotty’s Burgers for yrs then Angels, both didn’t seem to have customers that when we drove by we’d ask how Scotty’s can stay in biz so long (menu at CPWAT looks to be Indian topping ingredients).
Wanted Chix wings the other day but didn’t want to pay $$ for dry, scrawny wings nor go to Wingstop. As soon as I read Lechon-like, I just had to do a return visit. I had gone yrs ago cause my HSchooler’s former teacher liked this place but I was turned off by dry looking dishes so went to my usual Korean resto next door.
So, focused & with no Korean, Japanese nor Mexican food distractions (they’re all there at the same Ctr), walked in & wasn’t sure which Chix was Lechon-like so the man behind the counter pointed to the what he called popular pepper Chix,confirmed by @JeetKuneBao’s pix. I said they only had a few pcs & thinking they might be dry after sitting at the steam table, I asked if they can make me fresh ones if I pay for 2 orders. He said 15-20 mins, so even tho worried about my 4-legged BFF in the car (I ckd regularly & gave him cold H2O), I said ok. They weren’t so friendly but after I sat down & the woman behind the counter sat in front of me, she confirmed they’re Cambodian, I showed her the pix u posted & told her @JeetKuneBao led me back here. I mentioned the Korean resto in front of their Bldg used to be a bowling alley with Ten Ten’s Hong Kong style meals (I miss those meals). TT opened later @ Pioneer Blvd at the 99 Ranch Mkt; TT deli used to make the best S&P wings but discontinued😂.
This is what they had at the steam table:
Menu with tray of pepper Chix price for those who want to order for parties:
I like char siu but theirs on top left of pix looked too dry—the best is at Jumbo Wok (Pioneer/Del Amo) but go after noon. They’re whole pieces & cut up when u order so they stay juicy, Chix Teri is same, whole pcs then cut. Annie’s in-laws & husband own the place, food turns over quickly cause customers regularly come in so never saw dried up dishes. Annie is very friendly & helpful even if there’s a long line (if there is, she’ll ask her husband to come out of the kitchen to help her.
88 steam table
1 of 2 couples working there, the man to the left told me pepper chix is most popular so I only bought the 2 orders, nothing else. The woman to the right was the one who sat in front of me & told me they don’t usually cook to order cause it’s late. I said it’s 6:10 & I asked what time they close (8:30pm)—fyi.
I gave them cash then I saw this sign, they said cash only so not wanting to lv my fur pet in the car any longer I just said ok + they were already holding my cash.
This Bldg is where alley & TT used to be.
Side biz Bldg—88, busy Mexican resto & Korean (I love their mud fish soup & chili raw crab panchan, I think they’re the only local ones who serve this). Pkg is horribly tight as gets full depending on time. When I go to the Korean resto, I try to go before the lunch crowds, otherwise, if u have a big vehicle ur 3-pt Y turn will end up 10-pt turn (slight exaggeration).
So, drumroll, the pepper chix is what u really want to know—I wouldn’t quite compare to Lechon but not disrespecting @JeetKuneBao
’s comment cause ur a better foodie than me. For me, it’s fried chix, no batter but the sauce helped soften a bit. I ate 2 pcs & gave up cause too much chewing. I might go back some time & ask for xtra sauce but not anytime soon—they just weren’t friendly like at other Mom n Pop steam table restos. I did like the little pcs of skin & again if I go back I might ask for xtra. Sorry, I liked the first few bites but after chewing on some small pcs of bones that got mixed with the sauce & too much chewing, I gave up.
$7 for this box, my 2 orders left them with a few more pcs in the metal tray-container so I said I can take the rest cause I thought if they’re that good I might pig out😢.