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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.

            2. I know the people that run/owned the old Bamboodles and Yu Pin is not affiliated with them other than stealing their ideas/dishes.

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              1. re: luckattack

                Oh yeah...that became readily apparent. luckattack, any word on future plans from the Bamboodles folks?

                1. re: JThur01

                  nope they have split up. i tried to get my friend to make me some of the dishes but was told the bamboo made noodles and their aged sauce could not be mimic in a home kitchen. i was ready to buy a bamboo stick if it means i can get some.

                  1. re: luckattack

                    so, if you don't mind me asking, what's the best place to go for hand-pulled noodles for someone who isn't crazy about pork? I prefer Alhambra or west (not Hacienda Heights).

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        IIRC, Kam Hong is now under same ownership as New Mandarin Noodle Deli.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Thanks for this. Are they any better/worse? Last time I was at Kam Hong (at least a year ago) their Sanxi pulled noodle soup was a murky mess that tasted of soy and little else.

                          1. re: Peripatetic

                            Imgunna say for FTL.

                            While the chef @ NMND touted his dozen+ style of hand made noodles on CCTV/USA, I don't see the variety translating into tastiness. Kam Hong has been doing the downhill dance for awhile now.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          I thought shanxi was knife cut. I can't figure out who has true hand cut

                          1. re: epop

                            I can't figure out who has true hand cut

                            Don't mean to be glib, but how does one cut noodles with the hand?

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Knife cut vs. Hand pulled.........

                              1. re: sel

                                yes, sorry. I keep making this linguistic error.

                                1. re: New Trial

                                  I think you mean kung fu dough :)

                                  Mr Taster

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  Remember the old Ginsu knife commercial on TV: "In Japan, the hand can be used like a knife."

                                3. re: epop

                                  H&H is doing self-touted Langzhou style la mian. It (the noodle) is unlike anything else I've tasted recently in the nabe, super Q, but not al dente. Carbwhores should run for this.

                                  I do NOT endorse the beef soup base though.

                      2. shaanxi is a great place. Hope it stays that way.