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Jan 12, 2009 11:22 AM

Cat ear noodles (貓耳朵)

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. 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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    1. re: Professor Salt

      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:
      (halfway down; "Assorted Peking Macaroni")

      The things I'm talking about should look like this:

      1. re: will47

        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.

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

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      1. re: Chelmoon

        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!

      2. 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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        1. re: will47

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

          1. re: J.L.

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

            1. re: J.L.

              What are they called on the menu?

              1. re: odub

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

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  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.

                  1. re: will47

                    It's listed as "Mooshu Cat Ears"

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      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.

                      1. re: odub

                        Their green scallion pancakes are meh...

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

                        1. re: J.L.

                          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.

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        Would these be with or without car ear wax?

                        1. re: Tripeler

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

                1. re: SeaCook

                  I forgot... Is it JYTH or JTYH?

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

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Maybe the useful mnemonics at will help you remember. :>

                  2. re: SeaCook

                    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

                2. Tampa Garden (on Tampa in Reseda) has them.