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In Search of Fujianese/Fukienese Cuisine: Dinner at Foo Chow in Chinatown

PLEASE be mindful of Pleasure Palate's Attendance & 3-Strikes Policy before you RSVP for this event: http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/pages/Attendance_Policies_and_3_Strikes_Rule/

If you think you need to do a double take when you saw the name of the restaurant chosen for this event, you won't be the only one. Yes, we are going to that restaurant in Chinatown that's notorious for mediocre food and for having a huge wall mural that advertised about Jackie Chan's movie, "Rush Hour." Well, according to those who ordered truly Fujianese dishes off their Special Menu, their food is pretty darn good.

For some reason, Fujianese cuisine is quite abundant along the East Coast of the United States, especially in New York. However, there hasn't been that many Fujianese restaurants in Los Angeles, and the better one was called Liu Xian Yuan in San Gabriel. However, that restaurant closed and later reopened as Hui Tou Xiang. With that closure, it really left Foo Chow to be LA's only Fujianese restaurant -- not bad for a restaurant that has been around for over 30 years. And that's why we're heading over here, of all places, for dinner.

We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly amongst all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.

We will order an array of dishes authentic Fujianese dishes (and not the generic Chinese/Cantonese style dishes that the majority of their clientele orders) for the table potentially including Lamb in Red Wine Sauce, Fried Sliced King Fish, Steamed Glutinous Rice served with a whole crab; Fried Rice Vermicelli, Stir Fried King Fish, Foo Chow Fish Ball Soup, and Stir Fried Shrimp in Sesame Oil, just to name a few.

The average cost per person is expected to be around $25 to $35, depending on how much food we order, any beverages, plus tax and gratuity. You should bring at least $60 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.

Street Parking is available. Please read the street signs for any parking restrictions. An alternative would be to pay anywhere from $3 to $6 to park in one of the nearby private lots. We will meet in front of the restaurant. As always, I will send out my contact information to all attendees the night before so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.

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  • Sklar

    Strange...I made a reservation in person, which they took, yet they are closed on Tuesdays! Nevertheless, we went with Plan C (B was Chinese Friends, but they were also closed), and that was Full House, which still churned out great tasting dishes.

    October 10, 2012

  • yarom l.

    7 30 is perfect, and Im bringing wines as are my guests. Hope others do too. Lets make this a truly epic night

    October 9, 2012

  • Billy

    I cannot join you all as Im having dinner with Darrell. His Dad passed away and I want to share some time with him. Sorry.

    October 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good for you Bill for taking care of Darrell...actually his mom just passed away (dad was year ago or so).

      October 4, 2012

    • yarom l.

      darrell doing dinners every night. wed is burger, thurs is german etc etc. So billy, u can still come n see darell another night. LOL

      October 9, 2012

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