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Betcha never seen this one before! Yes, hot Chinese sausages and kiwi! I cracked up after reading this item on the menu, bluntly stated as “Sausage with Kiwi”. At first I was very confused, was it a typo? So I ordered it, just for fun. And I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The sausage, fried till peak popping point, bore a perfectly tight and crisp skin, wrapping the savory sweet juices of the sausage. Paired with cold dices of fresh kiwi, I ate bite after bite trying to figure out if I liked it cause it was odd or because it was just really good. My conclusion? A little of both. The neon green puddle of kiwi syrup doesn’t do much other than catching your eye. It’s on the thicker side and very sweet, but the color, now that’s something. If kiwi isn’t strange enough for you, feel free to have your sausages with peaches, chocolate, wasabi and strawberry jam, all at only $1.50 an order. Leaning on the safer side? Sausages with leek, garlic or sate sauce is also available. But really, I think it’s worth trying something funky at least once (or a million times in your life :)

As you’ve probably figure out by this point, SinBaLa specializes in Chinese sausages. Their most basic entree is the SinBaLa Sausage Rice ($4.75) featuring a land mass of rice covered in aforementioned sausages with corn, cabbage and eggs on the side. The “sides” were reminded me of airplane food: lukewarm scrambled eggs in a goopy orange sauce, cold cabbage and a frozen corn, carrot and pea mixture. You’re better off ordering a variety of sausages to sample. (Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t the food look fake – like the plastic displays found in Japanese restaurants?)

Meg, who’s a bit of dumpling nut (and I say this with complements) had the Napa Cabbage & Pork Dumplings ($4.50/10 pieces). I didn’t try any, but she finished them all so that must have been a semi good sign. I vaugely heard her mention something about “what the heck kinda dipping sauce this is, so bitter and spicy…” Lesson learned. Stick to sausages with…various toppings. SinBaLa does well what they’re known for, but appear to be lost in all other fields.

Also stopped by the supermarket to pick up a box each of black sesame and kinako pocky. The black sesame is my favorite flavor so far, but I haven’t tried the kinako yet and god knows I have a habit if eating kinako powder by the (tiny) spoonfuls (if the spoonfuls are too big all the powder busts up right up your nose and chokes your throat).

I just might come back next week…Sausage with Chocolate is calling my name.

SinBaLa
18489 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 581-9885

7 Comments
  • anonymous
    April 30, 2006

    hmmm, that kiwi dish sounds interesting…oh, i took that spam my grandma sent me and made eggs benedict.i didn’t know they made pocky in those flavors. haha, i order the black sesame paste dessert from Legends, but i think i prefer the red bean paste. What’s kinako?

  • anonymous
    April 30, 2006

    Hi Kathy – We were staring in the window of SinBaLa after doing some shopping at SF Market…..what an interesting concept – really popular with the young crowd! My last Rowland Heights post will be SF Market – did you know that it was “Our” Vons supermarket when we lived in the area? We always have a laugh at that. Also, they were selling Kohala Brand Kim Chee!

  • anonymous
    April 30, 2006

    hey, kiwi fruit with sausage? love the color, but chocolate and peach with sausage?? certainly sounds intriguing. so you’ll be trying them out and letting us know, right? waiting for that post! your previous post about the food trade was mmmmmm yummy! baked sweet goods are divine… you totally got me as excited as yourself. and i’ve put up a strip of pictures on my site, have a look when you can; you can click on a picture to make it bigger. thanks for the impromptu invite to go food adventuring with you! right back at you girl! come to india, and i’ll take you around :) though i’ll probably be able to come to the US before that, perhaps next year like i wrote before.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 1, 2006

    Monica!Isn’t that weird – lup cheong with kiwi? We should try remake it this summer! Kinako’s that soybean powder that we dust our mochi with. I’m sure you’ve had it before. Oh man, Legends…Almost home!!!Hey Kirk!Aw man, I went into SF but didn’t think to look for kimchee! I feel that people go to SinBaLa more to snack/hang out than for a dining experience, but those were pretty good sausages. Next time I go to Rowland Heights, I’ll to give the 3/$10.99 dinners in the “food court” a try. You gave up all this awesome (and cheap) eating in Rowland Heights for San Diego?! Looking forward to your SF post:) Hey Pallavi!Seriously, they’ll serve you practically anything with sausages. You’ll be the first to know when I have it w/chocolate or anything else! Thanks for the sweet comment on the food trade. Trades are delicious but so terrible for your waistline! Going to check our pictures right now:)

  • elmomonster
    May 3, 2006

    Cool! I’ll have to check this place out. And I might just even try that kiwi and sausage dish. It’s just too crazy not to try.

  • anonymous
    May 5, 2006

    Kathy,the sausage is Taiwanese style, very much sweeter and depending on how much mover garlicky you want. I prefer eating it with bunches of garlic. I’ve had it before with some of the more unusual things but find I am just the old fashioned type. Love their shaved ice dishes. Living in Arizona, I miss these places.

  • anonymous
    May 28, 2006

    I love your website. It has a lot of great pictures and is very informative.»

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