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Sichuan Palm Noodles (手掌麵)?

ipsedixit Sep 21, 2010 04:30 PM

Given the increased populatrity of Sichuanese cuisine in SGV, does anyone know of a place offering palm noodles (or "shouzhang mien" or 手掌麵)?

It's essentially a ball of dough pressed against the palm of your hand, then kneaded with a fist from one hand against the palm of the other hand, resulting in a doughy disc of goodness.

Served most often just like dan dan mien -- i.e., topped with hot chili oil, peppercorns, meat morsels, pickled veggies, etc.

  1. martyR Sep 21, 2010 05:17 PM

    No, but I really want some now.

    1. Tripeler Sep 22, 2010 12:48 AM

      Is the doughy disc then sliced into noodles? It's not just a big disc of dough that gets boiled, right?

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      1. re: Tripeler
        ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 09:39 AM

        It's just a big disc of dough that gets boiled, and eaten that way. It's not cut up at all. No knife involved (in fact, I can't think of any Chinese handmade noodles that actually involve a knife, except for perhaps cutting the rolled dough rope into balls, but that's usu. done easily, if not better, by hand).

        The discs are probably about the size of a wonton wrapper, but not smooth. Rather, because of the pounding by the fist, it is a disc pockmarked with nooks and crannies (at least when done right). Then after it's cooked, all those nooks and crannies act like a sponge for whatever accoutrements you decide to pair the noodles with.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          sel Sep 22, 2010 02:25 PM

          "...in fact, I can't think of any Chinese handmade noodles that actually involve a knife..."

          Say what?


          1. re: sel
            ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 02:50 PM

            Total brain fart.

            My apologies.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Jerome Nov 8, 2010 05:14 PM

              call chuan yu. they have a whole range of dough products.

              1. re: Jerome
                ipsedixit Nov 8, 2010 05:30 PM

                Already asked.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            tissue Nov 8, 2010 07:06 PM

            When I went to Ondal... they pulled some noodles like that and dropped it into the broth after we ate the crab. I assume that is something similar...

            3160 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

            1. re: tissue
              ipsedixit Nov 8, 2010 07:20 PM

              It is similar, but also different.

              The noodles at Ondal 2 are Soojaebi, which are basically dough pieces pulled, or ripped, into flat discs. The Palm Noodles that I am looking, on the other hand, are kneaded by pounding the dough against the palm of one hand with the fist of the other. The texture is different, as you can imagine, from the pounding.

              Ondal 2
              4566 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

              1. re: ipsedixit
                odub Nov 14, 2010 12:05 AM

                When you find a place, holler back. I instantly want to try this!

                1. re: odub
                  kevin Dec 25, 2011 07:50 PM

                  i want some of these sichuan palm noodles too but without the meat.

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