OK, I was craving a certain kind of beef jerky from a certain Thai place in NY, but of course there were none to be seen here in LA.
Today, though, I thought i saw something like it in Bale (on Valley & Atlantic)..It was in a same type of plastic container, it had the same dark, almost black color, and had some flakes of chili seeds..... I loved that for ingredient it said: sugar cane Blade, sugar, chili, garlic sodium, soy sauce. Upon closer inspection I see that it's.....Liver !
Took a chance and bought it. I like it! It's a little scary at first because I was expecting dry, over-cooked liver, but it is actually soft, yet chewy. It doesn't have the sinewy texture of beef jerky, but it has a deeper flavor than the Chinese sweet pork jerky.
From the same place there's also the Pork Song (the stuff that looks like loose, fuzzy lion mane) that taste great! (it only says "Formosa Small Box" on it, $7. The large box is probably $15 or something like that)
Generally had a good food day today...The Stinky tofu from Lee's Garden next to Bale was very promising. The flavor is right, except that maybe the oil is old because it was strangely bitter. Their sauce is well put together. Better than Yong He, for sure, but then that's probably not too difficult to do. (you can tell I didn't enjoy Yong He much) I'll be back after the New Year to try.
The shaved ice from Shau Mei on Valley was indeed very good. Much better than QQ's.