Spicy Sichuan Cold Noodles
I am in LOVE with the cold noodles at "Little Sichuan" in San Mateo, where my Grandmother lives. Is there any such thing in the LA area? The dish that I'm referring to consists of heavily-spiced thin noodles, served cold. I believe the dish is spiced with some sort of hot chile sauce, giving the noodles a reddish hue. The mound of cold deliciousness is then topped off with very finely ground pork. I need to find a local source! Can anyone help???
As noted frequently on this board there's not a lot of authentic Chinese on the Westside, and what does exist is Cantonese/Hong Kong fare. Even in Chinatown most of the food is Cantonese. One wild suggestion might be the Korean-Chinese restaurants in Koreatown, since they all do the non-Cantonese noodle dishes rather decently.
Zhajiang mian korean style tends to be overly thick and overly sweet, imho. Just had the zhajiang mian at deerfield garden and it was quite good. Their guotie/potstickers have gone way downhill, noton the menu anymore, just fried jiaozi, they don't do the slurry anymore that gives the crispy "skin" that sticks to the dumplings.
727 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776 (across from the big Chinese mall)
New Szechuan (or something like it)
621 W. Main St., Alhambra 91801 (this was the original location of Oriental Pearl - near Atlantic - across from the about to go out Triumphal Palace)
BEST SZECHUAN CHILI SEAFOOD, 230 N GARFIELD AVE #12, 91754 MONTEREY PARK
YUNGUI GARDENS - 301 N. GARFIELD AVE. MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754 (across from Best Szechuan)
LUCKY DRAGON, 321 W. GARVEY AVE., MONTEREY PARK; (626) 573-5060
BEST SZECHUAN RESTAURANT, 534 E VALLEY BLVD 5, 91776, SAN GABRIEL
Oriental Pearl closed down sometime last year. The restaurant currently at 621
W. Main is Szechuwan Best, not to be confused with Best Szechuan Chili in Monterey Park which has had a recent change in ownership and is a shadow of its former self. And Yungui Gardens is now called Yunchuan Gardens, but the food is the same.
just sounds like "dan-dan mian". occasionally on menus you'll see a cold sesame noodle - different than what you're describing, milder sauce with sesame paste.
You might want to check out Ma Lan noodles in hacienda Heights for their stuff. You won't get the dan -dan mian but you might like other similar things that they have and no one can touch their noodles.