As Ive mentioned on several of my posts, Im Mexican and I LOVE sandwiches. Of all kinda, burgers, tortas, bahn mi
you got tasty meat and soft bread, Im there! So its kinda surprising that it took me this long to try the much talked about Cemita! Well after an off campus meeting, I was driving down Whittier last night on my way to the 710, I saw the brand new La China Poblana Cemitas stand and headed in for a much overdue taste test!
The location is pretty easy to spot driving down whittier near the intersection with Indiana. They have a big sign and the old taco truck is right there in the good size parking lot. The location appeared to be some kinda burgerstand, where you order at the window and sit in benches and a counter underneath a patio. The menu is pretty much only Cemitas, but of different meat, from the standard, Milanesa, to the more advanced Pata! Also, no soda fountain, just bottles of Jaritos (No sidral or Mexican colas) and cans of American sodas and small bottle of arrowhead water. They seemed to be doing brisk business despite another busy Cemitas truck like a block away.
Not being a big Milanesa fan, I ordered two Cemitas, one of Chicken and one of Carnitas, with a Jaritos, the total came out to $8.00 not bad at all! I came home (Justin time for Lost! YAY!) and opened up the Chicken one. I was rather surprised what I found. The chicken was done in Milanesa style. A pounded flat breast, breaded and fried. Very crisp, but thin and slightly dry. Further, the roll was really dense, also dry, no mustard or mayo. There were plenty of slices of over ripe avocado (With black spots) and a ton of Mexican panela cheese (But not particularly flavorful, also slightly dry). Also quite a few of pickled Jalapenos (Straight from the can more pickley than spicy ). Basically, I was a little dispointed, for now having a FULL kitchen available to them, they were putting together the sandwiches as if they still had a tiny taco truck to work in
I had the carnitas Cemita for lunch today and the condiments were the exact same the carnitas were fried almost to the constancy of jerky. Crisp and salty. I perfer my carnitas salty, but tender and juicy... so it wasn't my cup of tea either...
For the price, these sandwiches are impressive looking and defiantly fill you up but for taste, I much prefer the traditional torta with its soft toasty bread, lettuce, tomato and mayo.
As for next week, I'll be back on Campus, so I'll be in prime position to check out Dumpling Master! Can't wait! :)
La China Poblana Restaurant
3568 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023