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Help regarding a bacon-based dish from a defunct SM Chinese restaurant

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Help regarding a bacon-based dish from a defunct SM Chinese restaurant

JackPoint | Feb 13, 2012 02:03 AM

I lived in West LA in the 1990's, and I ate several times at a decent but undistinguished and somewhat overpriced Americanized Chinese restaurant in Santa Monica Place. I can't remember the name of the place, but it closed before I left LA in 1999. This restaurant served a dish that was based on bacon - not, as I remember, Chinese bacon, but either American-style bacon, or possibly smoked pork belly. It was a stir-fry-style dish, somewhat akin to a kung pao bacon, with a thicker typical light sauce of soy sauce, chicken stock, and cornstarch. I remember scorched peanuts, bok choy, yellow onion and scallions, and perhaps water chestnuts. Does anyone recall this restaurant or this dish, and has anyone ever encountered a similar dish? It was NOT any of the familiar lap yuk dishes like la rou fan, it was not red-cooked bacon and there was no rind. It was the only thing worth eating at that place, and I'd love to recreate it or find a similar dish or recipe. Thanks!

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