If the name Beijing Pie House makes you think of a bakery filled with sweet confections, think again. We're talking meat- and vegetable-filled pies, savory pancakes and so much more. I defy you to read the first paragraph of this story and not e-mail friends to make a date to go check it out:
Trying to eat a warm, doughnut-size meat pie from Beijing Pie House with any sort of decorum is a real challenge. They're probably best consumed leaning over a huge plate or the kitchen sink, because the garlicky juices spurt out in every direction the instant you bite into the crisp, potato-chip-like crust.
Read more about our Find of the Week: "The Find: Beijing Pie House in Monterey Park."
Photo: For the pork homeland meat cake, above, thin dough layers alternate with spice-suffused minced meat. Baked to a shimmery burnished gold, every bite yields a mouthful of kaleidoscopic textural contrasts. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times