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Jan 7, 2010 07:58 PM

Chuan Yu Noodle - Valley Blvd. in Alhambra

As mentioned in the thread "If you're look for the best Sichuan Spicy Noodle (or Dan Dan Mien) ..." and Tony C.'s Boring West SGV Update for December at, Chuan Yu Noodletown replaced Noodle Young. It opened Thanksgiving. Located at 525 W. Valley Blvd. - across from Sam Woo.

Stopped off there for lunch today and had the Tofu Noodles, like Chandavkl had. Essentially mapo tofu over noodles. As he described, quite interesting and quite good. Thanks Tony C. and Chandavkl for the tip.

And a freaking huge bowl for $5. Bill only came to $6.50 with a Sour Plum Drink.

Menu is not that large, but a good variety. Several noodle dishes, some cold Sichuan style (pig's ears, pickled veggies) and several pork dishes. No plain cold noodle, but that's a minor quibble (they do offer cold noodle with chicken)

Essentially, a Sichuan style snack place (if you can call a bowl that big a "snack"). There are places offering Taiwanese and Shanghainese snack items, so this is a welcome addition to the SGV.

Click on photo for larger look at Tofu Noodles.

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    1. So ... did you like the noodles?

      And was the sour plum juice fresh or (gulp!) from a bottle?

      2 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        You're welcome ray. ipsedixit, yes I did like the noodles. The noodles themselves were good (if not New Chongqing quality) and the goodies atop them - mapo tofu, scallions, peanuts, pickled veggie, etc. - were quite flavorful.

        I don't know about the sour plum juice. It arrived in a styrofoam cup over ice, so that probably answers it. But, it tasted good (ipse, know of a place I can get fresh sour plum juice?, if so, I am interested).

        1. re: JThur01

          Sour plum juice ... Dumpling 10053.

          But they doctor it up with something (ginseng? mint?) so it's not exactly a pure sour plum flavor. Still pretty good, though.

          Also, Tenju Tea House makes a pretty good sour plum tea.

          There's actually pretty good bottled sour plum concentrate in Taiwan ... but don't recall the brand.