A few posts down below there was a question about how to get to Little India in Artesia
. I replied and a few posters were quickly reminded about the Cerritos Auto Square jingle. It totally made me giggle because a) Im a marketer (heh
) and b) my car dealer is actually in the Cerritos Auto Square and every few months when my baby needs a check up, I make into an opportunity to go and explore little India
Well this Saturday the baby hit 50k (*sniff!*) and I went down to try Ambala Snacks and Sweets
Ambala has been written up several times on this board and is featured in Johnathan Golds counter intelligence book. Something that the Ambala Snacks and Sweets managers make VERY clear upon entering the restaurant. Further, outside on their windows they tout the finest Masala Dosa, which made ordering for me VERY easy.
One Masala Dosa $2.99 . One Mango Lassi $1.99. Lunch was a little more than than $5.00 not a bad deal, especially when you see the Dosa that comes out About the size of a baseball bat! Its golden and warm. Smells of wonderful spices! It comes with two dipping sauces, one green, slightly herbal and almost creamy. One red and fiery!! Inside the middle of the Dosa (Which is similar to a crepe, but thinner and crisper) was soft pillowy mashed potatoes that were just yellow and STUDDED with Indian spices. Also included is a little soup of red spicy broth with slices of carrots AMAZINGLY fiery and steaming as it comes out the kitchen.
Slicing the Dosa in half and dipping it into the sauce made for a messy but wonderful lunch. The Mango Lassi (Yogurt drink)was thick and flavored deeply with the slightly funky flavor of those little yellow shrively mangos that if you know your mangos are SO much better than those big round rosy ones. Both made a combo that worked and filled me up as I only ate half the dosa (Which sadly I discovered Dosa do not reheat well at all! :( ) and half the Lassi! I took the soup home to pour over fresh made rice for later (which was the perfect way to have it and tame down the heat!)
I had tried Ambalas sweets before, much too sweet for me, so instead I walked down to the Artesia Bakery (Dutch Bakery in the middle of Little India! :D) and got an Almond Case (Little Almond Tart that was just right to go after the spicy Indian food!) to go, along with some of their GREAT in store made cookies (The PERFECT Biscuits for tea!) for later!
With the lovely weather, great food and a clean shinny tuned up car ready for me upon my return, it was a most awesome day! :D