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Monday night’s dinner in the Tri-Valley was at YuYu in Dublin. This is the sister restaurant to Chef Yu's in Oakland. We were surprised to find it nearly completely full at 7pm, pretty good business for the start of the week. The servers chatted in Mandarin and Cantonese with many of the patrons. As I started to page through the menu, my friend said, “all the way to the back”, where I found the Korean Chinese menu on the last page.

Service is quick here. Servings of chunjang (black bean paste), pieces of raw onion, and danmuji (yellow-colored pickled daikon), the typical offerings at Korean Chinese restaurants were plunked down right away. And, very soon after that our three dishes appeared.

#8 Poached dumplings (shui jiao), 12/$6.95 – Pork and savory veggie filling in machine-made wrappers. Nothing wrong with them, but I’d rather use my calories on hand-made dumplings.

#14 Gan poong chicken (gan pong ji), $11.95 – I gulped at the price, however, this turned out to be a larger than normal serving size to match. Even though the menu item is starred for “hot & spicy” and this had some slices of fresh jalapeño pepper, the spice level was quite subdued. I was expecting some red dried chili heat as well. In any case, the dark meat boneless chicken pieces were well-marinated as evidenced by the juiciness, and fried nicely with a crunchy batter. The saucing was a little too thick, but had a good tanginess to balance the sweetness. The frozen peas and carrots were weird.

#5 Gan za zang (gan zha jiang mian), $7.45 – The best dish we tried. The housemade, handpulled noodles were very high quality with a good “Q” and silky mouthfeel. The black bean sauce was quite plain studded with lots of onions and bits of beef. No cucumber, zucchini, carrots, sea cucumber or other adornments. The noodles themselves are great though and I’d go for the zam pong (chao ma mian) next time to let them shine.

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Yu Yu
7465 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

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3919 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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  1. My parents are visiting family in Dublin this week so this post was very exciting. I sent my parents directions to the restaurant but unfortunately, they were closed on Sunday. They will try to go there again tomorrow.

    But thank you so much for posting. We are always on the lookout for hand-pulled jajangmyun or champong anywhere along the west coast!!

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    1. re: soypower

      I can't remember whether it contains sea cucumber, but the seafood gan za zang is one or two dollars more and contains shrimp, calamari, etc. I prefer it to the regular #5. Also, I like their sweet & sour beef (tang su yuk) better than their gan pong ji, but again, the portion is huge.

      1. re: soypower

        Try Chinese Schezuan in Pleasanton, in the corner of Hopyard and Valley ? I've been to Yu Yu as well as Chinese Schezuan; on both Gan za zang and zam pong I prefer Chinese Schezuan. They also make their noodles.

        1. re: Mul

          Here's the link:

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          Chinese Szechuan
          3059 Hopyard Rd Ste G, Pleasanton, CA 94588

        2. re: soypower

          So my parents came home and told me that Yu Yu's isn't doing hand-pulled noodles anymore. Unfortuantely, they couldn't keep up with the demand. They do however still make the noodle dough by hand with some extra kneading time before they put it through a pasta cutter.

          My parents said even without the lovely irregularity that hand-pulled noodles add to a dish, the ones the jajangmyun they tried was still delicious.

          1. re: soypower

            That's too bad. Glad I got to try it with the la mian, handpulled noodles.