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818 BBQ - Authentic Xinjiang Cumin Lamb Skewers Found!

keepon | Jun 17, 2008 03:22 PM

Drove on Valley and the sign "Xinjiang Lamb Skewers" (in Chinese) caught my eye. We've been searching for those delicious Xinjiang Cumin Lamb Skewers that filled the streets of Beijing and finally we got one in LA - and it's authentic and good!!

The place seemed to open not too long ago, with 4-5 tables, and a poorly translated menu with lots of interesting Northen Chinese dishes. Not sure if any of the staff can speak English - they surely didn't look like it, but I maybe wrong. A run down of what we had:

Cold Appetizers:
The appetizers on the menu looked quite Sichuanese, so I asked for their house cold dish that was off menu. It was a mix vegetables cold dish: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots etc, steamed and served cold - it was good and excellent companion to the skewers.

Lamb Skewers - This is the real deal, meat was cut to bite size, 5 to 6 pieces per skewer, grilled to perfection, slight charred and crispy on the outside, with just the right amount of cumin and chili to give that kick.

Lamb Kidney - It's good, but if you are not a kidney fans, maybe not your kind of dish. The texture is closer to chicken heart than chicken gizzard.

Lamb Chop - excellent, our fav dish. Lamb chop into small 1 x 1 x 1/4 inch pieces, bone in, 3 to a stick, crisp on the outside and still juicy inside.

They havdan interesting menu of Tianjin snacks. I wanted "Gouba Soup", which is the house speciality, but they ran out. Got the "Bean Flower Soup" - not exactly a soup, but tofu swimming in a brown, savory, salty broth topped with spoonful of sesame paste, served lukewarm. I can't pinpoint the taste, but I liked it :salty, bold flavor and the slightly unrefined presentation really reminded me of food in Beijing.

They recommended Tianjin Buns, which was another house speciality but I was too full to try. Next time - I can't wait to go back.

818 BBQ
818 E. Valley Blvd.,
San Gabriel, CA91776
Tel: 626-307-5128
Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm

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