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Feb 2, 2011 11:58 AM

Bamboodles Now Yu Pin --"Use Old Menu"

Well, Bamboodles did reopen quickly as promised under the new moniker Yu Pin. The banner in the window says "Use Old Menu" and indeed the menu appears to be the same, including spinach noodles and green tea noodles. However this seems to be more than just a name change. If you go to the Bamboodles website, it announces the restaurant closure and the search for a new location. Also, there's another notice taped to the door which while referencing the carryover menu, uses the term "Bamboo Noodles" instead of "Bamboodles," indicating they have nothing to do with Bamboodles.

In other Valley Blvd. San Gabriel news there is new signage where Noodle Bistro used to be (402 E. Valley Bl.) that I only saw out of the corner of my eye. I think it says Cafe de Bangkok or something like that.

535 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. Yea, I saw the Yu Pin signage when I went to 101 the other day.

    1. I do so love the creative ways in which Chinese people parse English. It's such an unintentional yet essential part of the Chinese crossover experience.

      Thanks for bringing this to our collective attention, Chandavkl.

      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster

        I'm curious if they also use old bamboo pole, but I doubt it.

      2. Thanks Chandavkl, I stopped in yesterday. Despite the "keep old menu" sign, they had new full fledged menus, laminated and with photos. And while there are a lot of familiar items, there are plenty of additions. "Herbal" soups for one (Golden Soup specials on menu cover). Perhaps nothing quite as exotic as Nature Pagoda, but they do have a soup with wolfberry . Definitely some additional beverages. Perhaps most telling, no green tea pork noodles. Yu Pin's is listed as black tea spicy pork noodles. Could this indicate a recipe Bamboodles took with them?

        One also gets either a free iced tea or plum juice.

        No sign of a take-out menu yet, otherwise I'd offer a more detailed comparison of new versus old.

        535 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. ...oh, and stopped by Tea Spots for a drink and noticed the change you mentioned for the former Noodle Bistro. It will become Cafe de Bangkok. There was a February opening date on the sign, but brain tired...forgot! It was late.

          1. any updates on this place? Have a taste for hand-pulled...

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            1. re: epop

              No word of any re-opening and the website is dead.