Ask Mr. Gold 

Thursday, Aug 18 2005

Question: In Taipei last year, I ate the most delicious sausages almost everywhere. They were sweet, a little thicker than hot dogs, and were usually served with a spoonful of fresh chopped garlic — quite an experience! I assume that there’s got to be something like that in the San Gabriel Valley somewhere, but I haven’t found it.

—Rob, Sherman Oaks

Answer: Those dense, sweet sausages seem to be a mainstay at almost every Taiwanese snack shop, sharing menu space with stinky tofu, pork chop rice and those peculiarly Taiwanese logs of rice steamed in bamboo. But I particularly like the version served at the snack shop Sin Ba La in Arcadia, caloric sausages with a delicious crunch and the high smack of good charcuterie. If you are so inclined, you can enjoy your sausages with everything from minced garlic to great gobs of strawberry jam. Don’t miss the boba, which is among the best in town. Sin Ba La, 651 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia, (626) 446-0886. Got a burning culinary question? Try us: askmrgold@laweekly.com.

Location Info

Related Stories

Related Content

Related Locations

Now Trending


  • Ramen Yokocho Festival in Little Tokyo
    Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles became a ramen paradise over the weekend as part of the Japanese cultural festival Nisei Week. Everything was hot -- from the food, to the weather, to the scene. All photos by Danny Liao.
  • Pollo Loco at ChocoChicken
    ChocoChicken is a restaurant dedicated to chocolate-flavored chicken. It sounds like a joke. And when Adam Fleischman, founder of the Umami empire and monetary force behind many other L.A. restaurants, announced in January that he’d be opening a concept based not around mole but actual, yes, chocolate-flavored chicken, many of us treated it as a joke. It is not.
  • Daw Yee: Mission of Burma
    L.A. has a very small pool of Burmese restaurants; among them, Daw Yee does not boast the most extensive menu. Nonetheless, Daw Yee, in Monterey Park, is fascinating for one big reason — namely, that it gives L.A. something unusual: a Burmese restaurant that caters to younger diners.