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Chow Fun in SGV

rich91732 Aug 3, 2009 04:46 PM

I grew up in chicago and we used to get chow fun in Chinatown that was much thicker than most of the chow fun that i've had out here in the SGV. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to get a thicker chow fun. I know its a weird request but i remember the taste being so much better on the dry chow fun with the thicker noodle because it fried up better. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Chandavkl Aug 3, 2009 04:50 PM

    I'm curious whether the old style chow fun noodle is manufactured these days. In the old days a manufacturer named Bicycle Lee located on the western edge of Chinatown dominated the chow fun market with the type of noodle you refer to. Over the last 20 years the Vietnamese style noodle, thinner and with starch added as an ingredient that made the noodle chewier and springier, eclipsed the old style noodle. I havent seen the old noodle in quite a while.

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    1. re: Chandavkl
      AskHo Aug 10, 2013 03:11 PM

      What really happened to Bicycle Lee anyway? I hear conflicting stories about him. Back in the days, late 60"s-early 70's he use to come around almost everyday on Adobe Street where we used to live, now a medical bldg and Bruce Lee use to practice his kung fu across the street "College" also at the dead end of Adobe with nunchucks, bamboo poles.

      1. re: AskHo
        Chandavkl Aug 10, 2013 03:53 PM

        I think the Vietnamese noodle with the added starch was just a better product and probably cheaper, too. In hindsight, the Bicycle Lee noodle was primative and relatively unappetizing.

        1. re: Chandavkl
          condiment Aug 11, 2013 05:56 PM

          Was that the Lee who ran the old Home Cafe? Those chow fun were splendid, with real wok hay. His son in law apparently was an ace at running the old noodle machine, but it wasn't practical for him to continue the business. Which is too bad. The congee was great there too.

      2. re: Chandavkl
        TripleAxel Aug 16, 2013 01:32 PM

        Thanks for drawing up some fun nostalgic memories of my childhood/teen years... We used to by BL's rice noodles to go home and make our own chow fun....

      3. monku Aug 3, 2009 04:52 PM

        Quick look at all the markets and seems like they're all the same thickness, so I imagine that's the way it is out here. Seems like the same thing at all the restaurants.

        If you want large thick noodles, I can point you in the right direction.

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        1. re: monku
          rich91732 Aug 3, 2009 04:55 PM

          where would you recommend that i find the large thick noodles?

          1. re: rich91732
            monku Aug 3, 2009 05:03 PM

            Canton Foods a cash and carry no membership required on Alameda and 7th Street. I call it the Chinese Costco.
            Open 7am-5pm Mon-Sat and 7am-2pm Sun.

            They're fresh noodles. A 10 pound box for $6.99 (Wing Hing Noodle) a 5 pound package $4 (Peking Noodle Co.). Look for the boxes marked "Large" (they have three sizes). Don't cook them anymore than 3 minutes. They freeze well too.

            They also have chow fun (not thick) and in smaller packages.

            Canton Food Co
            750 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

        2. monku Aug 3, 2009 05:10 PM

          I used to like that thicker kind of rice noodle now that you reminded me.
          If you're cooking it at home you can get that thick noodle effect by not separating the noodles. They come folded in many layers and I don't separate them, just stir fry them quickly without separating them. They're already cooked.

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            crystaw Aug 4, 2009 02:46 PM

            There a place in Hacienda Heights called Malan and all their noodles are made in house. They have several noodle shape options for their dishes. I tried their wide, thick noodles with my house beef noodle soup and it was kind of like eating dumpling skins! Anyhow, perhaps you can go there to see if they have what you want.

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              crocodileguy Aug 10, 2013 02:28 PM

              Old thread, but looks unresolved. Did you ever find the kind of chow fun you were looking for?

              If not, try JJ Hong Kong Cafe in Monterey Park? Both wet and dry available, and at least the wet kind I got came with thicker noodles.

              Does this look like what you're trying to find?

              447 W Garvey Ave
              Ste 1020
              Monterey Park, CA 91754
              (626) 280-3833

              Hours: Mon-Sun 7 am - 4 am
              Plastic: Yes
              Parking: Street, Private Lot

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                lapizzamaven Aug 11, 2013 01:53 PM

                speaking of thicker noodle..i share the OP's love of a thick chow fun noodle but for the 20+ years i've lived out here ive never seen it...however, i was thrilled by and constantly crave the pan fried noodles at Sea Harbour...not chow fun but ive never seen such a noodle...it's kinda rolled like a tubular noodle...i luv it!

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                1. re: lapizzamaven
                  granadafan Aug 11, 2013 05:30 PM

                  Is this a Cantonese/ non-Cantonese style difference? I'm from the Bay Area and in the many takeout dim sum tea shops, especially in Oakland, they serve chowfun in takeout boxes that is thick and dry. I noticed a distinct difference when I moved to LA 10 years ago. I noticed that the packages of fun noodles in stores almost all have Vietnamese writing on them.

                  There's also a great fun noodle factory in Oakland that you can walk in and buy fun off the noodle press. Nothing like that here in LA unfortunately.

                  1. re: granadafan
                    Chandavkl Aug 11, 2013 05:44 PM

                    That's the starch-non starch difference I alluded to before

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                  Ernie Aug 16, 2013 11:55 AM

                  I like the chow fun at Tasty Garden in Alhambra. It has great "wok hei" (镬气) flavor and the noodles are thick and clumpy in parts, but not sure if this is the style you are accustomed to:


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