So if you don't want to make your own Crispy Chow Mein...
Or you're just too lazy to cook in general...
Or you're just too lazy to blog even...
What can I say about Sam Woo? If you're too intimidated to try semen tea, stir-fried milk, goose intestines, duck chins, chicken knees, and frog fallopian tubes, then basic Cantonese fare of roast pork or duck, Char Siu / Xa Xiu (Chinese Barbecued Pork), or Fried Rice Yang Chow-Style should be easy enough to get started.
I frequent the Alhambra location when I'm in the mood for quick and easy take-out. If you dine-in during lunch or after 10:30 p.m., they have many dishes for $3.50 and $3.95.
Roast ducks are now $15.95. You can order a half. I think Sam Woo's roast duck is too salty and not crispy enough. I prefer the slight honey flavor of the roast ducks at Capital Dim Sum & BBQ - Monterey Park.
Can you spot the half roast pig, squid, and chicken wings in the photo?
Two chicken wings and Char Siu / Xa Xiu (Chinese Barbecued Pork) for $5.70.
Roast pork, 1/4 lb for $4.08. The last few times I've ordered the roast pork, it tasted rather dry and the skin was not consistently crispy. I prefer the roast pork at Yum Cha Cafe - San Gabriel. So except for the char siu when I'm too lazy to make it myself, I don't really bother getting the roast duck or pork at Sam Woo anymore.
When I'm particularly lazy, I also order Fried Rice Yang Chow-Style for about $5.50. It's a generous serving and feeds me for many meals. My other favorite is Salty Fish Fried Rice.
But lil' sis and I, we've been ordering the crispy beef chow mein with bok choy for $5.75. The first time, there were lots of nice crispy noodles. The other times, the sauce had soaked through so most of the noodles were too soggy for my taste, but perfect for lil' sis.
One night, I was starving and lazy and nagged lil' sis into going out for some food for me. Except when she tried to order the crispy beef chow mein with bok choy, the lady at the counter said it was an extra $1.25 for vegetables. What? That's never happened before. So even though I don't speak Chinese either, lil' sis insists that when she orders, she just doesn't get the same thing. So she just randomly pointed to beef chow mein with satay sauce on the menu and got this. It was still good, but we wanted our bok choy! And not for an extra $1.25!
I also sometimes get the wonton noodle soup. The salted fish and chicken fried rice is good too, but that's probably an acquired taste.
P.S. 5.4 earthquake! Thanks Peachy Mango Delight for checking up on me.
Other BBQ to-go places:
Capital Dim Sum & BBQ - Monterey Park
Seaworld Seafood Restaurant BBQ & Dim Sum To Go - Rosemead
Yum Cha Cafe - San Gabriel
Sam Woo BBQ
514 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Sunday to Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
1 year ago today, one last glimpse of my old garden.