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Mr Chows Dan-Dan noodles

Before it was Dumpling Inn, it was Mr Chows (there was WooCheeChong in the same center), and Mr Chows had an exceptional DanDan noodle dish. It used the sesame paste (or peanut) and had chicken or pork as well, along with the little cucumber matchsticks, etc. Way too rich and powerful for a single diner, but i ate it regardless.

At Dumpling Inn they serve something like it called DanDan, but it's pretty far off from the original.

a) Does anybody remember Mr Chows?
b) Is there any place that serves similar DanDan noodles?
c) Is there a place you go for Dan Dan that I might try to see if it's as good as I remember?

Thank you.

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  1. Might that have been the same Mr. Chow's immortalized by Becker and Fagen in Glamour Profession? That would be a triumph of obscure reference, even for them.

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    1. re: Josh

      not sure they were open until midnight.

      1. re: Fake Name

        Good point. I'm guessing they probably didn't have Szechuan dumplings either.

    2. Gosh, I've been going to Dumpy for over 10+ years and I'm sure they would try and make it to your liking..
      I can't seem to get past the tofu pan fried dumplings and they serve me the brown sauce with a half bottle of chile paste to dump them in...sublime!

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        It's been unsuccessfully tried.

      2. I think Ba Ren and Dede's have Dandan noodles. Can't say how they compare to Mr. Chow's.

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        1. re: daantaat

          I'm not a big fan of Ba ren's Dan Dan Noodles, too mushy, and lacking a bit. I think Dede's does that dish better. But I think the OP is looking for Americanized Szechuan Dan Dan Mian.

          1. re: KirkK

            Heck, it could be the Lithuanian-ized version for all I know.

        2. I remember the name of the place differently. I think the sign used to read: MR S HOS, and I never could figure out if it was Mr Shos or Mrs Hos. I think. I have no photos, but I'm sure that I chuckled over the sign. Don't remember eating there, however.

          1. The only place I've ever had dan dan noodles was at Panda Inn (Horton).

            In retrospect this was nearly as big an error as the day I first tried uni at Sushi Deli 2.