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Mar 25, 2008 06:07 AM

knife-shaved noodles: Joy, Darda, or elsewhere?

What's your current favorite place for fried (not soup) knife-shaved noodles? I liked them at Joy and saw tanspace's praise for Darda ( I'll probably be ordering just noodles for lunch, so the quality of the rest of the food is irrelevant.

Joy Restaurant
1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

Darda Seafood Restaurant
296 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035

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  1. Shan Dong in Oakland.

    Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant
    328 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. Here was my report on Darda - I found the noodles a little soft, and the flavor disappointing.

      Second lexdevil's Shandong rec - I like the pork and preserved vegetable preparation the best (the first time I had the zha jian mian, it was amazing - subsequent orders have been too sweet and one-dimensional.)

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      1. re: daveena

        Any of the noodle preparations can be served w/ the hand cut noodles for $1.00 extra. My son likes the Deluxe Combo Chow Mein, which has the standard assortment of meats and veg in it. I agree w/ Daveena on the shredded pork and preserved veg noodles. I can't remember what the zha jiang mian style noodles were called, but when tried them I remarked on their similarity to zha jiang mian but our server insisted that they were different. She said the sauce was yellow bean rather than black. Ultimately, language differences may have rendered this information inaccurate, but that is what I believe that I was told.

      2. Best I've had were at Peking Eastern House (aka Chingun Eastern House), which moved from Fremont to San Jose last year.

        Shan Dong's are pretty good.

        Chinjin Eastern House
        1530 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          How recently did you have knife-shaved noodles at Peking Eastern? A recent Yelp poster says they don't make them anymore, for whatever that's worth.

          1. re: david kaplan

            I had beef noodle soup with knife cut noodles a couple of weeks ago at PEH, so they definitely still have them.

            1. re: Humbucker

              Thanks for confirming. What did you think of their noodles?

        2. I have had knife cut noodles at many places but my two favorites at at Joy which has already been posted and 5'A in Burlingame.

          The chow mein at these two have been outstanding.

          5'A has it on there English menu so it should not be a problem. Like Joy they both have a Chinese only menu which has been a problem in the past. Order the seafood combination.

          Have not been to Joy is over three years but both are keen on my mind.

          Darda food has slipped in the past two years and I do not plan to go any time soon.

          Fatama (sp) in the South has a good one to it recently moved and do not remember where exactly it is now. In the South Bay.

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          1. re: yimster

            The Fatima in San Jose reopened in a new location.

            The one in San Mateo closed. I had knife-cut noodles there and thought Eastern House's were better.

            Fatima Restaurant
            10125 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014

          2. One other place worth trying is New Ma's. I haven't been to the Mountain View branch, but the branch in San Francisco (closed) had some of the best I've had.

            New Ma's
            1477 Plymouth Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
            (650) 960-0268

            New Ma's
            1477 Plymouth Street, Mountain View, CA 94043