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Aug 3, 2007 10:13 AM

Best won ton noodles in LA?

Not Japanese ramen or udon but Chinese soup noodles preferably made with thin egg noodles and won ton (pork and/or shrimp dumplings). Toppings may include char siu (sliced roast pork), roast duck, or beef stew (gnau nam) shank meat and tendons.

My all time favorite place has been in LA Chinatown at this place on Broadway called Golden City which had changed hands many times over since the 60s. Their won ton noodles have not changed in decades like their management though. Places like the Sam Woo chain has pretty good noodles as well as the Tasty Kitchen in Gardena.

Are there any other places that you personally savor especially in the South Bay area? I know there are probably tons of places in the SGV like their dim sum houses. BTW, we have a few half-way decent places like the Sea Empress in Gardena and Szchewan in Lomita that serve dim sum at lunchtime. Nothing compared to Ocean Star and NBC though...

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Good writeup! I'm salivating profusely...

      I still like the Sam Woo in Cerritos as well as in Las Vegas. Oh, what I'm also interested is in who makes the best roast duck in LA. The LA Times did a writeup several years ago and proclaimed Lucky Deli in LA Chinatown the winner. Sam Woo is good too but a little more expensive ($14.99?). I remember the old United Poultry on Broadway (next to Lucky Deli) sold a whole duck for $5.95 way back when...of course gasoline was 29 cents a gallon then!

      1. re: Clinton

        For take out, I like the roast duck at MPV Seafood on Valley.

        888 used to do a great roast duck for their banquet dinners, not so sure anymore though.

        888 Seafood Restaurant
        8450 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

        MPV BBQ Seafood Restaurant
        545 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    2. My vote is Har Lam Kee, but the location inside the food court of 99 Ranch market in Diamond Square. It's the plaza at the corner of Garvey Ave and San Gabriel Blvd. It's much better than the Monterey Park location, and it's always crowded!

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      1. re: WHills

        That would be Harlam's Kitchen, both restaurants named by Harold Lam after himself.

      2. Ocean Seafood, when it was Miriwa, served the best best wonton soup (no noodles), those were some of the best wontons I've ever had. Right sized, ie not too large, And that Chinese term that I still couldn't figure an English equivalent to, something like good mouth feel. Plus great flavor. All the good Cantonese wonton noodle places in Chinatown are gone. :(

        I used to like the one at Golden City, when they made it in the window, but I tried it recently and it just didn't taste the same to me.

        For now, I think Sam Woo bbq is good. I ate the one at Har Lum Kee a lot for awhile, but those wontons are really large and a bit heavy tasting (aside from weight).

        1. I had great Wonton noodles at Mei Long Village. It was an epiphany for me wife, who associated wonton noodles with cheap chinese joints...

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          1. re: glutton

            Wonton noodles, when done right, are exactly that - an epiphany... In Malaysia, it's like a test of one's culinary abilities because of the multiple skills required to make the dish at its best. On our recent trip to Malaysia and Singapore, my wife had waited for eight years with great anticipation to see if the gentleman who made her favorite wonton noodles in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur was still doing so, and to her delight, he was. It was truly a Eureka! moment for her to have this much anticipated dish that she had been longing for.