Bamboo Stick Noodles at Bamboodles in San Gabriel
Well the Chinese micro cuisine fad in Los Angeles marches on past lamb skewers and New Territories village food on to bamboo stick noodles at Bamboodles in San Gabriel. No, the noodles aren't made out of bamboo. Rather the master noodle maker in the window takes a bamboo pole bigger than a 2 x 4, puts one part of the pole on the dough and leaves a half of the pole dangling over the edge of the table. He then straddles one leg over the pole, then hops up and down on his other leg. I don't know what the chemistry or physics of this process may be, but it does make for interesting theater and delicious noodles. I had the Beijing style Zha Jiang Mein (I'd only had the Korean-Chinese version before) and it was quite good. Even though the noodles were on the thin side they had the springiness of much thicker noodles. The menu contains numerous noodle and dumpling selections. Bamboodles is at the NE corner of Valley and New in San Gabriel at 535 W. Valley Bl. This is the location previously occupied by a horrid Hunan style restaurant.