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Jan 21, 2010 06:30 PM

Best noodle soups in San Gabriel Valley?

Where are some of your favorite noodle soup places? Here are my favorites:

Mandarin Noodle's beef stew noodle soup
Kingburg Kitchen's noodle soup with pork and snow cabbage (#17, whatever that is)
Santouka Ramen
Pho from Vietnam Restaurant (the little one on Las Tunas in San Gabriel)

I'm always looking for good noodle soups, regardless of what type, so I'd love to hear your favorites.

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  1. Yi Mei Pastrie's shredded pork and preserved vegetable soup - YUM.

    1. Not sure if it is the "best" but recently just had the cold iced noodles at JTYH. Good stuff.

      Go back in about 6 months when the weather turns warmer and see if they are still offering it.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Let's also note that JTYH's lamb noodle soup is excellent. Still need to try the cold iced ones...I meant to go last week, during the heat wave but now it's rainy and cold. Meh.

        JTYH Restaurant
        9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Hate to have to say this but I found the ice noodles at JTYH to be underwhelming and pretty dull. I wrote up a longer review elsewhere but since I'm checking off different noodle soups in this thread, I thought it was relevant to note:

          1) It wasn't that cold. I want my ice noodles icy-cold, not "sort of cool".

          2) Their noodles were all clumped together, which meant that, in trying to eat them, you're cramming mouthfuls of noodles at a time since it's very hard to stream them off in a more manageable portions. I've had this happen in a few Korean places but the better ones I've been to, the noodles aren't as stuck together, let alone clumped in a big ball.

          JTYH Restaurant
          9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

          1. re: odub


            Sorry to hear, but I've never had that experience with the Ice Noodles at JTYH -- either warm or cold.

            JTYH Restaurant
            9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Could have been a one-time thing. As it is, with the weather turning cold, I'll probably stick with hot noodles for the next few.

        2. I was just thinking about this very same question but um: how is Santouka in the SGV when the only two locations I know of are either on the Westside or the South Bay?

          Also, on the beef noodle soup tip, I still think Mama's Kitchen comes with it. If only their beef was stewed just a touch better.

          3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Mama's Kitchen
          1718 New Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

          1. Pho Minh for their #1 (which is not a dac biet tho xe lua)

            Pho Minh
            9646 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

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            1. re: ns1

              ANY UPDATE TO PHO MINH!??!?!

              LAM WHERE DID YOU GO

            2. Current favorite is the phở thịt nướng (grilled pork pho) at Pho 79 in Alhambra. The grilled pork adds a delicious smokey flavor to the soup

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              1. re: Ernie

                THANK YOU! I have been singing that soup's praises on here for a few years and no one ever seems to try it. It is so much better than any of the other Phos! It is #36 or 37 (I can never remember which). Get it with one of their toasted baguettes and butter (not on the menu) for dipping. Sheer heaven!

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Yes, it is delicious and I have never seen grilled pork pho anywhere else. Great to have with the colder weather we have been having :)

                  1. re: Ernie

                    Yeah, at Vietnam Restaurant on Baldwin south of Duarte, I get the Pho, no meat, and get a side of their grilled pork (which is AWESOME) and add it to the soup and it comes out okay (they are closer to me than Pho 79). I have tried this at Vietnam House on Las Tunas but their pork is so gross and flavorless that it does not work at all - it adds no flavor.
                    Pho 79 is amazing. I sit there eating it when it is 100+ degrees, sweating, nose running and in utter bliss!! ;-)

                    Vietnam House
                    710 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776