Chinatown Merchants Offer a Unique Take on the Traditional Thanksgiving Fowl

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chinatown Los Angeles restaurants and merchants are offering a unique approach to the traditional Thanksgiving fowl by offering BBQ-roasted turkeys for the holiday. Angelenos throughout the city, and people living outside of Los Angeles, drive for miles into the historic district to grab these flavorful birds, which are available only during November, for their holiday meals.

Unlike traditional turkeys, the Chinese-style roasted turkeys are carefully steeped in a soy sauce marinade spiked with star anise, two different kinds of vinegar and sweet syrup. The turkey is then roasted, giving way to a crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, sweet and savory turkey. Prepared similarly to traditional Chinese roasted duck, the turkeys have a crispy, seared skin and better-preserved juices than oven-roasted turkeys.

Stuffing is also done Chinese style — instead of bread stuffing many Chinatown merchants offer sticky rice stuffing with sausage, mushrooms and other variations of ingredients.  No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without desserts and sides, which are also offered by businesses to complement the main turkey dish.

Since these turkeys are very popular around this time of year, Chinatown merchants suggest placing turkey orders at least one week ahead of time to ensure that the size requested is available. Turkey prices range from $30 to $60, depending on size.

Chinatown merchants offering turkeys:

CBS Seafood Restaurant

700 N. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: David Ho

Roasted Turkey ($38+Tax, 16-20 lbs)

Place order 3 days in advance

Golden City Seafood Restaurant

960 N. Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Edward Chao

BBQ Roasted Young Turkey ($45+Tax, around 14 lbs) includes pan-fried sticky rice Hong Kong-style, gravy and a small bottle of red wine (187ml)

Place order 3-4 days in advance

Now through November 30th

Able to host holiday party - call for availability

Hong Kong Chinese BBQ

803-807 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Eddie

Roasted turkey with sauce ($39, 15-17 lbs)

Roasted turkey with sticky rice and sauce ($45)

Place order one week in advance

Hop Woo BBQ Seafood Restaurant

845 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Lupe or Judy Liang

Roasted turkey ($38, 16-20 lbs) includes garlic rice cooked in clay pot and special sauce

Place order one day in advance

J&K Hong Kong Cuisine

724 N. Hill Street, #216

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Jane

Roasted turkey ($45.95, 13-15 lbs) includes beef fried rice and sample of Lee Kum Kee soy sauce

Place order two days in advance

Lien-Hoa Deli

721 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Tracy

Roasted Turkey ($43, 13-16 lbs)

Place order four days in advance

Lucky Deli (Wol Deli)

706 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Roasted turkey available - Price to be determined

Place order a week in advance

Master Chef Restaurant

937 N. Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


All diners will receive a free turkey dish with their meal (dine-in only on Thanksgiving Day)

Ocean Seafood Restaurant

750 N. Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Roasted turkey ($38, 12-15 lbs)

San Woo BBQ Express

727 N. Hill Street, #111

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Liyan

Roasted turkey ($29.99, 12-15 lbs)

Place order three days in advance

Spring Street Smoke House

640 N. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Contact Person: Michael Mullins

Smoked turkey ($60.18, 14-16 lbs)

Place order four days in advance

Yum Cha Cafe

638 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Roasted turkey ($35+tax, 12-14 lbs) includes sticky rice and sauce

Place order three-four days in advance

SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council


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