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monopod Oct 25, 2011 12:07 PM

Anyone have a recommendation of where to get good Dan Dan Noodles on the Front Range? I made them from a recipe last night and they were delicious (my first time cooking with sichuan peppercorns - what a neat sensation!) but I have no idea if they tasted like real Dan Dan Noodles are supposed to taste, since I've never had them before. Haven't seen them on any menus around here, but I don't go out for Chinese too much. Thanks!

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    Strangewine Oct 25, 2011 07:26 PM

    Lao Wang Noodle house has amazing Dan Dan Noodles (not to mention phenomenal potstickers and dumplings).

    945 S Federal Blvd, Ste D, Denver, CO 80219 (right next to J's Noodles, if you know it).

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      MyNameIsTerry Oct 25, 2011 10:34 PM

      Lao Wang is beyond awesome. While I've not had the Dan Dan, the soup dumplings and potstickers are fantastic. Service can be slow as it's run by a sweet, but old Taiwanese couple. It's well worth it though IMO, and my Taiwanese friend loved the food there - so pretty authentic.

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        monopod Oct 26, 2011 11:45 AM

        Excellent. It's now officially on "the list."

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          Strangewine Oct 27, 2011 02:08 PM

          I'm glad I'm not the only fan. Their son's beer from Caution Brewing is on offer there as well - Lao Wang Lager. It's actually not bad.

          I was just there last week but all this talk has me craving...

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        monopod Feb 9, 2012 01:20 PM

        Finally got down to Lao Wang. Holy crikey, those Dan Dan Noodles are awesome. What a study in perfect balance - no one flavor dominates, all of these strong flavors (peanut, spicy, meaty, etc.) perfectly lined up. I tried to get two orders to go when I was leaving so I could eat them all week, but ordering takes so long that I gave up. Potstickers and XLB were amazing too. Definitely going to return, hopefully soon and often.

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          cookmyassoff Feb 29, 2012 01:07 PM

          love love love lao wang. besides the great xlb and potstickers, i love the cold sesame noodles with chicken. i put that sesame dressing on there, all the garlic, a little of the chili oil....oh man i want some right now. be sure to call first though. i called to get some takeout the other night, it was a thursday night around 7, and they were closed. so i had to go to star kitchen for some dry style chow fun. one of my favorite restaurants on south federal.

        2. aledm Apr 2, 2012 09:09 AM

          We are sorry to report that Lao Wang Noodle on Federal is no longer in business.

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            caviar_and_chitlins Apr 2, 2012 09:14 AM

            NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! So sorry to hear this.

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              monopod Apr 2, 2012 09:53 AM

              Whaaa??? Any word on why? That's horrible!

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                cookmyassoff Apr 2, 2012 10:42 AM

                AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!! what the hell? im gonna cry.....my favorite cold sesame noodles in the world, gone...

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                Mimi Apr 2, 2012 04:44 PM

                I was there last Saturday and they were definitely open for business. They are closed on Mondays, though.

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                  monopod Apr 2, 2012 05:32 PM

                  Westword just confirmed that Lao Wang is NOT closed permanently; apparently they're just remodeling for a couple of days. Business as usual come Friday. Thank goodness!

                  http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety...

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                    cookmyassoff Apr 2, 2012 08:39 PM

                    oh thank u jesus.......

                2. aledm Apr 6, 2012 09:18 AM

                  Does anyone know whether The Ancient Chinese Couple are still there and running Lao Wang Noodle House (945 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, tel. 303-975-2497)?

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                    monopod Apr 6, 2012 09:25 AM

                    Yes, see the article link I posted above (again below) - Westword called and confirmed with the son of the elderly couple that they are indeed still running Lao Wang.

                    http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety...

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                      monopod Apr 9, 2012 07:33 AM

                      In case any doubt remained, Lao Wang is officially back open. No word on what the renovations consist of - gonna have to go down and check it out, apparently.

                      http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety...

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                      cheesemonger Apr 6, 2012 07:03 PM

                      aledm- where did you hear that they had closed, and why do you keep posting this question? Mountain States is a small board, once would have been plenty.

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                        aledm Apr 7, 2012 10:12 PM

                        Sorry about that. The people who originally introduced us to the restaurant gave us that info. They said that they tried to go. If I remember correctly we went once and had a great meal and the next time it wasn't open.... Anyway, we're glad that we were wrong.

                    3. cookmyassoff Apr 9, 2012 03:52 PM

                      lao wang will do "to go" orders, but not always over the phone. i called once to place a take out order, and the lady yelled something, not sure what (possibly in chinese) and hung up. so i went up there and placed the order and she was sweet as punch. ??? also, u might want to call before u decide to eat there because i have experienced them being closed on random days when they are advertised to be open.

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                        aledm Apr 22, 2012 03:31 PM

                        We've been to Lao Wang and the restaurant is open and the Ancient Chinese Couple are there and working! Mr. Ancient showed me their schedule and they are closed both Mondays and Tuesdays.

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                        vanillagrrl May 3, 2012 09:50 AM

                        Just saw a post on Yelp about Yurihana Sushi Bar and Pan-Asian Cuisine in Gunbarrel having Dan Dan Noodles. Haven't tried the place yet.

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                          ivandwu May 6, 2012 08:49 AM

                          If I remember correctly, Tao Tao Noodle Bar has Dan Dan Mian on their menu. I can't say if it's good or bad since I haven't tried it but thought I'd pass it along for intel. IMHO, I think Tao Tao is also pretty good - more variety than Lao Wang and my 1st choice when it comes to starters & non-noodle dishes (which is what I prefer to eat when I have Taiwanese/Chinese food). I really wish there were a place that would expand the menu and add some of my other favorites: Oyster Pancakes, Smelly Tofu, Sliced Pig Ears, Oyster Vermcelli, etc.

                          I'm not going to complain, though. Many more choices in the Denver area today vs. 15 years ago when I was growing up in the area!

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                            monopod May 7, 2012 08:31 AM

                            I think Tao Tao won "Best XLB" in Westword's newest "Best of Denver" so it sounds like they're doing something right. I'm definitely going to check them out.

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