Restaurant 16 in Little Manila in Carson, CA, USA.
16. Iba'n Express
21620 S. Figueroa St.
Carson, CA 90745
5/10/00 Tried a new restaurant in Little Manila on Saturday, 4/29/00, about 1 p.m. Got a two-item combo for about $4.00 with steamed rice and a small container of soup. The two items were beef caldereta (some spell it kaldereta) and pork adobo. I'll put them in a tie for second place among the restaurants, but that might change since I don't want a tie for second place.
The meat was very tender. The beef caldereta with a few green olives was the best dish I've had in the area. Just a little fat. Its taste was very close to what I want for my Hungarian beef goulash. Heck, I'll just find a recipe for this. The pork adobo didn't taste that good the first day compared to the beef caldereta. It was much better the next day, as with many of these dishes, but was just a little too fatty for me. The soup had two ok chunks of beef and a few vegetables and was good. The rice was fluffier than normal. No pickles or other extras. I got it to go and made three meals out of it.
This is on the Northeast corner of Carson St. and Figueroa, next to the Tokyo Bowl, just East of the 110 Harbor freeway, and two blocks West of Main St. Hours Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sunday. PS - For the past few months the Tokyo Bowl does 'you buy, we fry' fresh fish in addition to the Monday - Friday buffet.