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Jul 27, 2006 01:55 AM

Where can I find Chinese hand pulled noodles in the South Bay?

I've got to say that my favorite food in the world (if I were forced to choose) is ANY style of Chinese hand pulled noodles. I just love that stuff. Dry, with soup, spicy, salty. Love it! I recently moved to Torrance and could really go for a good steaming bowl (even though it's almost 7pm and 80 degrees outside) of hand pulled noodles. I'm sick of ramen, udon and soba all the time. There's lots of great Japanese noodle places around here, but where's the love for the Chinese?!

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    1. Sorry to say you missed a good one, Beijing Islamic, by about a year.

      Most of the Chinese places in the area are on a stretch of PCH, east of Crenshaw. I've had dim sum in a few, but don't know whether any make pulled/knife-cut noodles. I hope someone else knows.

      1. Wang's on Crenshaw, north of Redondo Beach Blvd. and across from El Camino College has hand pulled noodles (double check this). They have Chinese-Korean cuisine and the best rendition of spicy chow ma mein (the three flavored seafood noodle soup) I've ever had.

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        1. re: ristretto

          I always order the chow ma mein! Will try this baby out.

          1. re: ristretto

            I tried out Wang's on Crenshaw this weekend with my boyfriend. I've actually passed by this place many times since I work nearby, but never got the guts to go in because it almost looks like a front for money laundering and I never see very many people inside. =P This place is definetly the epidomy of a "hole in the wall"--maybe they just need new paint or something. In any case, I ordered the "Chow Ma Mein" which had an exceptionally delicious broth. It could've been a little spicier and the seafood could have been a bit fresher, but it was still delicious. I generally like my Chinese hand pulled noodles on the more "doughy" side (I like chewy noodles too, but only for ramen) and theirs are chewy which my boyfriend likes a lot. He got a bowl of "Neow Lo Mein" (Beef noodle soup) which I had a taste of and didn't think was anything special. All in all, I give this place a 7/10 based on the two bowls of noodles we had there. I will probably try it out again, but only if I am stuck in the South Bay with a serious craving for "Chow Ma Mein". =D

            1. re: mstinawu

              Sorry it didn't work out too well. Still, it's probably the best you can do here. For Taiwanese style beef noodle soup nearby, you'll need to head to Sue's Kitchen (see my recent post).

              Moo's on Torrance Blvd. also has chow ma mein but I don't believe it is hand pulled.

              1. re: ristretto

                I was told by my friend who took me there that Moo's noodles are hand pulled. However, Moo's is a Korean style Chinese restaurant, so I'm not sure this is what the poster is looking for. (I ordered the noodles but they weren't particularly to my liking.)

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  I like the occassional bowl of Korean style hande pulled noodles too!

                2. re: ristretto

                  My boyfriend and I tried out Sue's kitchen for the first time last night. It was quite good. We both ordered the spicy beef noodle soup. I liked the noodles and thought the meat was cooked quite well to tasty perfection. My only complaint would be that their side dishes are too salty and the soup was too oily.

                  Also, it's interesting to note that all the workers there (I'm not sure who the owner is) are mainland Chinese and not from Taiwan (at least from what I could tell by listening to them speak Chinese). I didn't think mainland Chinese people would be interested in coming all the way to the US to open a Taiwanese restaurant.

                  1. re: mstinawu

                    Could you please let us know where you end up finding the very best beef noodle soup, since you seem to be on a noodle mission? :)

                    I've had something that's a little deeper/richer than traditional pho with spices like cinnamon and star anise in the broth, in a beef soup. Would love to find more such soups around, no matter which Asian nation has dibs on the recipe. (My favorite was at Chan Darette, a place in Marina del Rey that closed awhile back. There are other Chan Daras around town, semi-affiliated. Haven't seen the soup at the two of them I've tried.)

                    1. re: Cinnamon

                      You've tried Mandarin Deli, right? They have a very good Stewed Beef Noodle Soup With Hand Make Noodle. (The Hand Make Noodle is worth the extra buck.) Bring a friend, and split the soup and an order of potstickers.

                      I usually go to the one on Reseda near Nordhoff, but the one in Monterey Park (called Mandarin Noodle House) is good too.

                      1. re: Bjartmarr

                        No, but thank you. I just bookmarked them in Yelp.

                    2. re: mstinawu

                      You can also order the noodles there two ways, "regular" or flat. I personally prefer the texture of the flat noodles in my niu rou mian.

                      Perhaps the original owners were from Taiwan? I remember when I first went there about 10 years ago, the place was much less "fancy" - no cold dishes in the front (that was full of styrofoam cups), no menu, just a big piece of construction paper taped to the wall. I assume it changed owners or more family members came to invest some new life in the place (like what happend at Golden Camel Mongolian BBQ). However, most of the menu is not particulary unique to Taiwan, except for the taiwan named dishes. Dumpling, potstickers, jiaozi, xiao long bao, the beef noodle soup, dan dan mian -- all common on the mainland. But it is an interesting quetion, nonetheless!

              2. in general, who has the best hand-pulled noodles in LA?

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                1. re: eatslowly

                  Seriously, people should chime in. I'm dyin' for the perfect bowl of hand pulled noodles ANYWHERE in the Los Angeles area now! :o

                  1. re: mstinawu

                    You can find Korean/Northern Chinese hand pulled noodles at Dumpling House in Temple City:

                    Dumpling House
                    5612 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City

                    This is NOT related to the Dumpling House in Arcadia.

                    Noodle House in Arcadia has hand-kneaded noodles:

                    Noodle House
                    46 W. Las Tunas Dr., Arcadia
                    Here's some more info:

                    I've heard favorable reports about Heavy Noodling for knife-cut noodles. I don't have the information available, but you could probably find it somewhere on this website.

                2. So.. It's been almost 3 years.. Anything in this category change since then? I still live in Torrance and I still haven't found an AWESOME one yet. =T