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Aug 16, 2010 07:01 PM

Guilin Rice noodle

I desperatly would like to find a restaurant that has Guilin rice noodles, thanks

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  1. It's on the menu at Tam's Cafe (Venus Cafe) in Cupertino, not sure how authentic it is.

    1. There's a chain of Guilin rice noodle restaurants in the Los Angeles area, Eight Cafe. Maybe you can convince them to open a branch in the Bay Area.

      1. Melanie Wong found it at Pot Sticker in Chinatown.

        Pot Sticker
        150 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

        1. A few years later... A Guilin noodle shop opens up in Oakland. 10th street between Harrison and Alice.

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          1. re: felice

            do you happen to know the name of the noodle shop on 10th Street in Oakland and its address?

            1. re: zippo

              Yes, I am also very eager to know!

              1. re: zippo

                Looking at google street view, the north side of 10th street is a park. On the south side, there appears to only be one commercial building at 259 10th St that was occupied by Silver View Market that has closed. Good Luck Supermarket also occupied this space at one time, but it's phone number is disconnected. Maybe the new place is in there or part of it. Someone else can take it from here.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  "guilin rice noodle" or some name like that is posted on the overhang at the far right corner of the building that once was Silver View.

                  haven't seen any activity for 3 months already.

                2. re: zippo

                  Classic Guilin Rice Noodles @261A 10th St.

                  menu: chicken stews, guilin rice noodles, steam lotus leaves combo, drinks,,.

                  eats:salty beef and crispy pork guilin rice noodle(6.5)
                  -noodles came from china, tasted reconstituted
                  -portion small, milky broth bland
                  -salty beef and crispy pork fresh, not much of it.
                  -had similiar noodles in northern chinese eateries
                  -doesn't seem like a good value, unless this is considered gourmet dining. (a stretch for me)

                  1. re: shanghaikid

                    Thanks for tracking this down. Yes, Guilin rice noodles are made with a type of dried mi fen, so reconstituted. How close did your bowl get to something that looks like the two depicted on this page?

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Found this recent post by Gary Soup comparing his bowl of noodles in Oakland to what he had in Shanghai at a shop on Wuyi Rd. near Tianshan Tea City:


                      1. re: zippo

                        Thanks, maybe we can get "soupçon" to add his comments here.

                      2. re: Melanie Wong

                        my noodles definitely reconstituted, round, small diameter.spaghetti-like. unlike ur pics.

                        look similiar to noodles i had in other northern chinese soups. also looks

                        gary soup's pic looked like my bowl but had less meats. portion small.

                      3. re: shanghaikid

                        Mid-afternoon, Classic Guilin Rice Noodles had only a few diners, friendly staff and quick service. My choice ($6.5) from a dozen or so combinations of different meats was brisket and crispy pork . A scattering of each topped the bowlful of spaghetti-shaped rice noodles, along with some skin on fried peanuts, a spoonful of green vegetables (green beans?) that had a fermented beer-like flavor, half a hard boiled egg and a bit of dark sauce under the noodles. A separate bowl of cloudy, unsalted (beef?) broth was served alongside. A shaker bottle marked "sauce, only for guilin rice noodles" was on the table along with two types of chili paste. I mixed broth with noodles, and added a few shakes of special sauce and a spoonful of chili.
                        The bits of beef were soft, braised brisket. The crispy pork was fried whole pork belly, sliced thin for a crispy coating and soft interior. The noodles were well cooked and soft. The broth was subtle, but felt very nourishing.
                        The flavors were unusual compared to most of what I have had in the neighborhood, This soup left me feeling refreshed and invigorated.

                        1. re: flavorenhancer

                          I had early lunch here today.
                          Classic Guilin Rice Noodles @261A 10th St.
                          I got the "bbq pork and crispy pork" combo.
                          "flavorenhancer"'s review above is spot on. Everything was delicious and satisfying -- I'm still not hungry six hours later. I did not use all the broth because it didn't have much flavor (you can get the broth on the side). The "special sauce" seemed like a meaty boiled-down stock -- very flavorful.
                          Some of the dishes on the takeout menu are labeled with various "health" claims.
                          The "Stew Soup in Purple sands pot combo (with rice and vegetables)" [four varieties] is intriguing. One variety is "Wolfberry dangshen bovine tendon stew" and it is touted as "Gluten bone health."
                          The place is new and clean -- small front room, big back room.

                          1. re: Joel

                            Thanks everyone for finding this place! I ate there yesterday for breakfast and decided to start a new discussion about it here, since we tried other dishes besides the Guilin mi fen. I thought overall it was great!


                  2. fairly sure they're available at Z&Y on Jackson in SF Chinatown, and about two blocks away at Pot Sticker (Waverly Pl.)

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                    1. re: moto

                      Z&Y has Yunnan Rice Noodles on the menu, similar but not quite the same as Guilin Mi Fen.

                      Happy Noodles in San Mateo is reported to have the Guilin Spicy Beef Noodles.

                      1. re: soupçon

                        Thanks for the tip about Happy Noodles' version! I've never had this dish before, but the Guilin rice noodles, prepared by a chef from Chengdu, had lots of Sichuan elements so this might not match the ideal version of the dish. Not sure where, but I've encountered this type of thin round rice noodle before in the Bay Area:


                        1. re: hyperbowler

                          The noodles that are used in Vietnamese bun bo hue are very similar (if not identical) to the round, spaghetti-sized rice noodles used in Guilin rice noodles.