Another candidate for coolest chow destination in Los Angeles is New Jerky Mfg Inc (SW corner of Valley and San Gabriel, (626) 280-5208 -- other branches in Monterey Park, Alhambra, Westminster, and Rowland Heights). They have a couple hundred large covered buckets on some floorspace in the San Gabriel Superstore, a Chinese and Vietnamese supermarket the size of an aircraft hangar. In the buckets, mostly, is dried meat, fish, and fruit. They have at least a dozen kinds of dried plums, various dried fruit with chilis, and many kinds of dried meat and fish, along with some gummi type candies in unusual flavors and probably other things. The dried meats in particular are most impressive and are no comparison to the shoe-leather jerky at 7-11.
I wasn't ambitious enough for dried cuttlefish, so I went safe and got some dried apricots. They were interesting to eat. I had to eat a dozen or more before I got used to an unfamiliar chemical or medicinal sort of taste. The apricot flavor came and went as my palate reeled, until finally things settled down. The result was good but not a revelation, though this could easily have been because the flavor was from a different culture. I got a half-pound of them, which turned out to be way too much. Two ounces would have been enough. After all it's basically candy. In any case maybe I'll have the guts for dried cuttlefish next time.