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I thought I hated goat, and then...

Cicely | Mar 30, 2006 06:17 PM

Just had lunch yesterday at a Filipino place south of Los Feliz, a turo-turo joint where you point at what you want on the steam table. One of the women behind the counter was just pouring in a fresh batch of stew that looked good, steaming hot, and since I figured it was the freshest thing I asked what it was. "Goat," she said.

I've given goat many tries, mostly through my Caribbean friend who tries to feed me curried goat every time I visit. I always end up with odd bits of bone with very little meat, and that clinging to the nooks and crannies of the joint or whatever part of the goat he's given me. Plus, the odor/taste is very, very pungent. I had decided that goat just wasn't for me.

Still, this stuff on the steam table looked good, so I ordered it. The name of the game here is combo meals - a small bowl of soup, plus rice and 1-3 items. One item is plenty for a normal-eating person, but you can get three for less than $5.

Anyway, this goat stew... was amazingly delicious. I loved it! Nice chunks of tender meat, mostly boneless (there were some bones, but on the whole a vast improvement) in a savory sauce that I think was tomato-based, studded with green olives. The meat itself was assertively spiced in almost an Indian way, which completely countered the gamy flavor that I usually dislike.

I also got what I thought was shredded beef with pineapple chunks, but the yellow bits turned out to be potato, and the dish was kind of flavorless. I wished, too late, that I'd gotten something texturally different instead of the two stews, like some crispy fatty pork, or a whole small fish. Oh well. I had plenty to eat with just the goat.

Unfortunately, I didn't bring a pen to note the address, and there was no card, so generally:

Point-Point Joint #3
in the SE corner of a minimall on the NE side of Vermont and Santa Monica

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