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Cat ear noodles (貓耳朵)

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will47 Jan 12, 2009 11:22 AM

Now that Heavy Noodling is closed (and has been for quite some time), are there any Chinese places in the greater LA area that has fresh cat ear noodles (貓耳朵), preferably stir-fried? I know Koreans also eat these, but I'm not looking for that right now.

I don't think Kam Hong Garden or Malan have them, unless it's off menu.

And for the peanut gallery, no... they're not made of cat ears.... just ear shaped like orecchiette.

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  1. Professor Salt RE: will47 Jan 12, 2009 12:04 PM

    Tri Village in Irvine makes them. Not sure what they call them in Chinese, but they sure look like cat's ears to me.

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      will47 RE: Professor Salt Jan 12, 2009 06:20 PM

      They're made of wheat, not rice, right? If they're made of rice, they're probably nian gao (which it looks like they have).

      The menu on sporq has another item which might be it, but the characters don't look right, and sounds like it's a Beijing dish not a Shanxi dish:
      http://www.sporq.com/irvine/trivillag...
      (halfway down; "Assorted Peking Macaroni")

      The things I'm talking about should look like this:
      http://zenphoto.janietsai.com/albums/...

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        Jerome RE: will47 Oct 17, 2009 04:58 PM

        the characters say "any style" fried mao erduo. So you can have it "any way" which means they probably don't have the demand for doing it the straight shanxi way. But the last three charactersare right, fwiw.

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      Chelmoon RE: will47 Jan 12, 2009 06:31 PM

      Three Family's restaurant in Rowland Heights supposedly has them though it's not obvious on their menu.

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        will47 RE: Chelmoon Jan 13, 2009 09:42 AM

        Oh interesting. And the Yelp review has pictures of it and apparently it's called the same thing there as it is in the OC place, so must be the same thing. I'll definitely try and check it out... thanks!

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        will47 RE: will47 Oct 17, 2009 01:48 PM

        Just to bump this thread, JTYH has these. First place I know of in that part of the SGV that's currently serving them, though I have found a couple places in Hacienda Heights / Rowland Heights that have them, including Three Family (whose mao er duo were good, for the record).

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          J.L. RE: will47 Oct 17, 2009 03:45 PM

          Just had them at JYTH - It's good!!!!

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            tissue RE: J.L. Oct 18, 2009 10:29 AM

            I just had it yesterday at JYTH! It's soo good.. nice q texture.

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              odub RE: J.L. Oct 18, 2009 10:46 PM

              What are they called on the menu?

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                Chandavkl RE: odub Oct 18, 2009 10:57 PM

                Unlike Three Family's, it's described as cats ears.

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                  will47 RE: Chandavkl Oct 20, 2009 05:05 PM

                  I think the English menu item is something like Mu Shu Cat Ear Noodle or something. It's under the noodle section, last item IIRC. I got mine just plain with some cabbage, but I think the normal dish has some egg and mushroom, and some sort of meat (pork?) in it. Looked pretty good.

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                    ipsedixit RE: will47 Oct 20, 2009 10:41 PM

                    It's listed as "Mooshu Cat Ears"

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                      odub RE: ipsedixit Oct 24, 2009 12:09 AM

                      Got 'em today but didn't find the dish that compelling. I'm sticking to the knife-cut noodles!

                      I did discover that JTYH had really good green onion cake though.

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                        J.L. RE: odub Oct 24, 2009 03:06 AM

                        Their green scallion pancakes are meh...

                        However, I do agree with the knife-cut noodles being spot-on.

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                          odub RE: J.L. Oct 24, 2009 08:35 AM

                          Maybe they're inconsistent but I thought the pancakes were among the better ones I've had in the SGV - light, not too oily but still crisp. My only knock is that they could have been seasoned just a bit more but otherwise, I thought they were executed pretty well compared to other places around time which make 'em way too heavy and/or saturated. Better than JYTH's super bland xian jin bao.

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                        Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Oct 24, 2009 04:28 AM

                        Would these be with or without car ear wax?

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                          J.L. RE: Tripeler Oct 24, 2009 10:26 AM

                          Oh yes, with wax, of course. I'm sure you know that cat ear wax is a delicacy in Chinese gastronomy.

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                SeaCook RE: will47 Oct 21, 2009 11:32 AM

                What does JTYH stand for?

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                  J.L. RE: SeaCook Oct 21, 2009 05:23 PM

                  I forgot... Is it JYTH or JTYH?

                  Joking - You're The Hound! .... or ... Just Trust Your Head...

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                    will47 RE: J.L. Oct 22, 2009 12:14 AM

                    Maybe the useful mnemonics at http://gastronomyblog.com/2009/08/28/... will help you remember. :>

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                    will47 RE: SeaCook Oct 22, 2009 12:13 AM

                    Just a guess, but I would guess JTYH is related to the 4 characters for the name of the market next door (same owners). The first two characters are the same for the market and the restaurant, and the second two are different. The restaurant is named 鼎泰美食 (dǐng tài měi shí). 'j' could be a non-standard or (sort of) phonetic romanization for the initial of the first character, maybe?d

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                  AgentWoods RE: will47 Nov 1, 2009 04:04 PM

                  Tampa Garden (on Tampa in Reseda) has them.

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