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Dec 21, 2009 08:32 AM

If you're look for the best Sichuan Spicy Noodle (or Dan Dan Mien) ...

then go to New Chong Qing.

Call it what you want, spicy cold noodles, dan dan mien, or just the Sichuan version of Mac N Cheese, it's freaking fabulous.

Go. Now.

(Hat tip to TonyC. Did you notice that JGold?? Are you too big to credit someone for a discovery you "discover" later on?)


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    1. re: Neta

      NW corner of Las Tunas and San Gabriel Blvd. Same strip mall where the CVS is.

      And I failed to mention ... a freaking huge bowl is only a whopping $3.99!

      Are you listening Dai Ho?? You go ahead and keep charging folks $6 for a bowl 3/4 of the size and see how long that "noodle nazi" schtick sticks.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yep, we've enjoyed the dan dan mein twice now, and wouldn't let them take the bowl away so we could enjoy the sauce. The "spicy and sour noodles" on the menu are different, and a good counterpart - they are cold and also pretty delicious. I like New ChongQing a whole lot. Nice folks, too. Also rec stir fried lamb and also seasonal vegetables (nice cool break from the spice).

        Agree that all hounds should make for the place.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I concur ipse, I've tried the "Szechuan Cold Noodle" at the big four (Chung King in San Gabriel, Yunchuan Garden, Shu Feng Yuan and New Chong Qing) and while I enjoyed each of them, and all four were remarkably varied - I give NCQ the edge for both value and overall.

          At New Chong Qing, the noodles themselves were the best of the four. And the sauce/flavor was a red pepper infused slow burn.

          If I were to try this at a fifth place in the SGV, where would that be? (the "other" Chung King in Monterey Park?) Apparently, I can't write about it until I have five to compare and do a detailed account :-)

          1. re: JThur01

            I suppose another contender could be Dai Ho.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Wait a're sending me to Dai Ho, the "Noodle Nazi"?

              Ok, ipse...I'm on to you :-) Seriously, I was looking for another true Sichuan place. I'm considering Hong Yei on San Gabriel. But, thanks for the suggestion. I've been tempted to try Dai Ho simply for the experience (what would his reaction be to photos being taken?)

              And thanks to those who recommended other dishes at New Chong Qing. And, yes, Bradbury, the decor there is the blue lights out front, the lavender walls and mosaic floor.

              1. re: JThur01

                I don't really consider Hong Yei a true Sichuan restaurant.

                I mean, seriously, what self-respecting Sichuan chef would offer up "Peking Duck"??!!!

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Well, like I wrote, I'm looking for a "true" Sichuan restaurant - not that Hong Yei is, or Dai Ho for that matter. A lot of places have mapo tofu and Szechuan cold noodle that aren't truly Sichuan, well, like Hong Yei and Dai Ho.

                  For "true" Sichuan in the SGV is it the four Yunnan Gardens, the two Chung Kings (SG and MP), Shu Feng and New Chong Qing? Anything else? ipse, you didn't seem bowled over by Yunnan 168. Did you try the cold noodles there?

                  I guess I shouldn't mention the Mexican cooks I ran into - Norteno music on the radio - at one of the "authentic" Sichuan places?

                  1. re: JThur01

                    You might want to try the new Chongqing-Sichuan style noodle house recently unearthed by Tony C. It's called Chuan Yu Noodle Town, 525 W. Valley in Alhambra. I had what was essentialy ma-po tofu over noodles. Quite interesting and very good. Numerous other noodles dishes including Dan Dan Mein.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      Finally made it over here (Chuan Yu) the other week after reading about it here:

                      I think their dan dan mian compares pretty favorably to other places; I still like #1 Noodle House a little more, but this one is very close.

                    2. re: JThur01

                      No, did not try the cold noodle dishes at Yun Nan 168 (not "Yunnan 168" fwiw).

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Thanks Chandavkl and ipsedixit. I'll have to try those two out.

              2. re: JThur01

                Yeah. I adore the noodles at New Chong Qing.

                1. re: JThur01

                  I like the one at No 1 Noodle House in Rowland Heights. Noodles themselves are pretty standard, but the sauce and salted vegetables are great, and if you order them numbing and spicy, they generally will be.

                  Also really like Mandarin Deli's take. It's not a Sichuan place, so a slightly different style from most Sichuan places I've seen, but the noodles are handmade, the sauce is good, and it's just a little spicy and a little numbing. I get it vegetarian, but it normally has ground pork.

                  1. re: will47

                    I tried the don don noodles for the first time from No 1 Noodle House this last Monday. Very good. Even ordering them at medium there was a good deal of heat.

                    I picked up and order of picked radish from KyoChon next door just incase the heat was too much. It wasn't but nonetheless it paired with the noodles nicely.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  thanks for the post! love dan dan mien, and agree da ho is quite overpriced albeit very tasty....

              3. Business lunch in Manhattan Bch. area today, boring, boring, boring, dan dan mien at New Chong Qing tomorrow - as the ol' Cajun guy on tv used to say "I gar on tee!" Had some at Shufeng Garden a few weeks back that was pretty good but I need new options!

                1. This sounds great. Any other stand outs on the menu?

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                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                    Aside from the noodles, I think the place makes a fabulous Kung Pao Chicken.

                    Don't laugh, this isn't the silly chicken sh*t you get at most Americanized-Cantonese joints. A special request, this is good stuff. True dry roasted peanuts, Sichuan peppercorns weathered by the SoCal sun, and enough garlic and scallions to start a small CSA farm.

                    (What?? Chowhound post? You're Facebook account is down??)

                      1. re: tissue

                        Yes, surprisingly.

                        By the way, they make a great fatty beef rice.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Is that really how it shows up on the menu? That's great! I just love the name of that dish. Kinda like the Candy Fireworks and Puppy Dog Store.

                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                            Yup, that's the name.

                            It's listed under the heading of "Secret Man Rice Dishes"

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        Went to NCQ tonight and ipsedixit, you are spot on about the Kung Pao Chicken. Thanks for the heads up on that.

                        And, Will, a belated thanks for the noodle suggestions.

                      3. re: SauceSupreme

                        The pearl rice with pork is outstanding, and the spicy chicken is, IMHO, much better than Chung King's.

                        Despite the evident popularity of the spicy seafood hot pot at New Chong Qing, I thought it the only disappointing dish I tried.

                        P.S. I've seen some wacky art in SGV Chinese restaurants, but the empty IKEA frames with flourescent Post-Its right near the soon-to-be-eaten aquarium at New Chong Qing ... I think there's a conceptual point there that still escapes me ...

                        1. re: Bradbury

                          My Wife and I went for lunch on New Year's Eve. We too, thought the noodle dishes (Dan Dan and glass) were the highlights and the seafood hot pot being just OK in our opinions. While we were there, I was excited by the fact that they took down one of the empty IKEA frames to place a new review (In mandarin??) inside. Maybe somebody can suggest to them that they download this thread and hang in on the wall as well???

                          1. re: Bradbury

                            I couldn't find the pearl rice with pork on the menu. Closest thing is the sour spicy rice and pork under the - is that it?

                            1. re: GHF

                              I *think* it's on the menu as "pork with rice power" [sic]. We were told it's served at dinner only, so didn't get to try it. :(

                        2. i went to lunch here, awesome stuff. Lady said they get crowded at night cause everyone is waiting for the hot pot. Wish i could get people to go with for that. :(

                          Oh that mung bean clear noodle was good too. forget the chinese name.

                          ya that pearl rice with pork is good, it's actually pork belly. Takes awhile to cook i think, so have to order right away. I made the mistake of waiting till we were half way done.

                          1. Awesome -- many thanks for the tip!