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Filipino Restaurant Update

Tusc | May 14, 200405:19 PM

First of all, thanks to everyone who provided suggestions recently on Filipino restaurants.

I just discovered this little hole-in-the-wall gem in the South Bay, in a strip mall at Carson and Figueroa, just off of the Harbor freeway in the Carson/Torrance border.

It's called Iba'n Express, it's a little place, sort of cafeteria style with chafing dishes, you get 2 entrees and rice for $4.00. There's a couple of tables, and it's pretty low key.

I had some fantastic Dinaguan, and those who are familiar with the dish (sometimes jokingly called chocolate milk) know how good this can be. For those unitiated, it's basically a pork stew, I'll let it go at that. I also had some very good chicken adobo, and a vegetable dish that at first glance looked like sauteed spinach, but turned out to be Taro leaves and mint stewed in coconut milk. Very interesting, rich, subtle, very diffeent from spinach.

This is a true Chowhound place, not for the feint of heart, but that said, Filipino food does require a leap of faith, because some of the dishes are very unusual to non-Island folks.

Anyway, I thought I'd pass this along:

Iba'n Express
21620 S. Figueroa St.

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