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Cats Ears Lovers Rejoice--Golden Spoon Opens In Rowland Heights

Chandavkl Dec 9, 2011 01:10 PM

For lovers of cats ears or thick noodles in general, the newly opened Golden Spoon in Rowland Heights is just the place for you. The first page of their menu is a listing of noodle dishes and the legend indicates that all the dishes are available with assorted types of noodles, including cats ear. Imagine such a variety of cats ear dishes! (Waitress did say, however, that ordering cats ear in any of the noodle soup selections was not advisable.) While I've only had cats ears at a relatively small number of places in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I have to say that Golden Spoon ranks with the best., with a nice and firmly chewy version. Golden Spoon appears to be otherwise a Sichuan style restaurant with a touch of Shanghai (XLB, shen jen bao). Also has a dumpling section, which includes zhong, marked "spicy". Golden Spoon is at 18347 Colima Road, in the shopping center at the NE corner of Fullerton and Colima, which can be entered from either street.

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  1. Mr Taster RE: Chandavkl Dec 9, 2011 01:49 PM

    Thanks as always for the update, Chandavkl. I'll have to check this out soon. How do they compare with JTYH/Heavy Noodling's version?

    Mr Taster

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    1. re: Mr Taster
      Chandavkl RE: Mr Taster Dec 10, 2011 10:44 AM

      Haven't been to JTYH in over two years since they first opened, so based just on a vague recollection I would say Golden Spoon is at least as good.

    2. Peripatetic RE: Chandavkl Dec 9, 2011 04:28 PM

      Place link: Golden Spoon

      Golden Spoon
      18347 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

      1. A5 KOBE RE: Chandavkl Dec 23, 2011 10:12 PM

        Anyone else try this place? I may try it soon but want some feedback.

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        1. re: A5 KOBE
          Chandavkl RE: A5 KOBE Dec 23, 2011 10:37 PM

          Yelpers all rate food very highly. Only complaints have something to do with unaccepted coupons.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            Mr Taster RE: Chandavkl Dec 24, 2011 12:38 AM

            Ah yes, but yelpers also give 5 stars to McDonald's (for example).


            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              Chandavkl RE: Mr Taster Dec 24, 2011 08:18 AM

              I share your same skepticism about Yelpers--they judge restaurants by the color of their napkins, have strange taste buds and often are not very discerning. However, Yelp reviews of authentic Chinese restaurants are fairly reliable for three reasons. First of all, Chinese Americans (taking the cue from the ancestral homeland) are more discerning than average diners about their food. Secondly, Yelp is very popular in the Chinese American community which gives you a wide variety of reviews from this group--little known eateries may have a couple hundred reviews. Lastly, while many non-Asians on this board are highly knowledgeable about authentic Chinese restaurants, most authentic Chinese restaurants have few non-Asian diners present at any point in time, and this is reflected in the composition of Yelp reviews.

              1. re: Chandavkl
                Ciao Bob RE: Chandavkl Dec 29, 2011 11:33 AM

                Totally agree Chandavkl.
                As annoying as it can be, yelp is often great for SGV and K-Town places.

                I often use it as a Silent Movie when I can't deal with the prose or CAPS famine ("ok, so, i took to the boy to see the hot crew down at pink taco....) by perusing the pictures or the very helpful "People Who Viewed This Also Viewed..." feature.

            2. re: Chandavkl
              A5 KOBE RE: Chandavkl Dec 24, 2011 07:40 AM

              I hear Golden Spoon is owned by the same people as China MaMa in Las Vegas which also serves cat's ear. I am gonna have to give it a go one of these days.

              1. re: A5 KOBE
                Chandavkl RE: A5 KOBE Dec 24, 2011 08:38 AM

                Any connection between Chna MaMa and MaMa's Kitchen in Alhambra? The mama logo looks similar, if not the same.

                1. re: Chandavkl
                  A5 KOBE RE: Chandavkl Dec 24, 2011 09:10 AM

                  Your guess is as good as mine. Aren't there like 3 MaMa's Kitchen locations in Los Angeles alone? I do know the San Gabriel location is not related to the Alhambra location. lol

                  1. re: A5 KOBE
                    Chandavkl RE: A5 KOBE Dec 24, 2011 09:39 AM

                    There have been several locations and braches of MaMa's Kitchen, but I think they're down to the Alhambra location, which replaced the one in San Gabriel now occupied by Omar's Halal Xinjiang.

          2. A5 KOBE RE: Chandavkl Dec 28, 2011 10:15 PM

            This place is a gem. I had the cats ear noodle with beef soup as the lady suggested and it was fantastic. Great chewy texture and the broth was really good. Also got some XLB which were also very good, but pricey. Lastly we ordered a Sichuan style chicken hot pot with mushrooms and bamboo shoots and it was great. I will definitely be back for the cats ear noodle and other Sichuan style dishes.

            One note: The parking spots are terrible, very small and crammed together.

            1. Mattapoisett in LA RE: Chandavkl Jan 1, 2012 08:44 PM

              Something to Note: Dommy and I went here tonight since it's not to far from her parents, where we spent the day. We specifically asked for the cat's ear noodles with pork and preserved cabbage and were told no problem. When the Dish arrived, as you can see from the photo below, it came with lo mein noodles. When I asked about it our waiter about it, she said "Sorry I forgot, Next time." and scuttled away. I know there are multiple choices and mistakes get made but there was no attempt at correcting it. We mentioned it to two different servers and they too blew it off.

              Overall, the dish and scallion shrimp pie we also ordered were fine, with the noodles being the weakest link, so "next time" I will insist on the noodles but for Dommy's next time, she says she'll just go to JYTH...

              Take Care


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              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA
                ipsedixit RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jan 1, 2012 08:53 PM

                Perhaps you got "whited"? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7803...

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Dommy RE: ipsedixit Jan 1, 2012 09:12 PM

                  You know, I've been going to SGV Chinese Food Restaurants for DECADES and have experienced lots of things. Having to fight a waitress to order something, promising her I would not sent it back... . Having dishes that we ordered put on our table and then taken away because we could have NEVER ordered THAT. Having Orange Chicken we never ordered plopped on our table because we were the ONLY ones there who WOULD order that (It actually was ordered by the ladies behind us to placate their three fresh out of weekend Chinese school daughters)

                  BUT rarely have we so specifically order one thing and been completely rebuffed. and then no offer was made to make it up in any way. I didn't get turned off by the experience because it was some sort of real or imagined "Chinese attitude" against me or P. Regardless of restaurant and cuisine, it was simply a bad experience.


                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Jan 2, 2012 06:12 AM

                    Ipse, I'm an ordinary white guy from Northern California who has lived in Tokyo since 1977. At this point I can't even TELL when I am being "whited" but I do know that the best thing to do is roll with it while keeping a smile on my face and make sure I do all I can to improve the relationships I make with people in restaurants. Wearing down the ignorance is a long, slow process, but there is some satisfaction in achieving a little headway. I read what you wrote on another post about being "Chinesed" and I hope you are taking the same approach that I am. However, reading about the experience of Mattapoisett and Dommy makes me think that they have experienced a different kind of evil -- totally uncaring service. They strike me as a nice and considerate couple that just don't deserve that sort of abuse.

                    1. re: Tripeler
                      ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Jan 2, 2012 11:54 AM


                      Perhaps sarcasm doesn't translate well on the 'Net, but I hope you realize I was being facetious -- in both instances (i.e. being "whited" and "Chinesed").

                      I have no idea what happened to Matt and Dommy, nor do I know what really happened with echoparkdirt on that other thread.

                      I will say, however, that having worked in Chinese restaurants of various stripes, having overhead conversations in Chinese by the waitstaff at Chinese restaurants, and having known many many servers and staff of Chinese restaurants, non-Chinese people get "whited" all the time. More so than one can even realize.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Jan 2, 2012 06:37 PM

                        Did the waitstaff from Mr. Swiss move to Golden Spoon?

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Jan 4, 2012 10:10 AM

                          I caught the humor in your post ipsedixit. You (and others) have mentioned this before (well before the thread was redacted and posts deleted). At the risk of the topic police, perhaps you could give some examples...perhaps in a different thread in general topics?

                          All I can say is I rarely have been "whited" in regards to flavor profile or had heat toned down, never been refused a dish I ordered or substituted, though some here might jump in and tell me its happened all the time and I'm simply not aware of it (shrug). Perhaps the fact that I order such "hardcore" items and apply #3 on Dave's list helps?

                          1. re: JThur01
                            ipsedixit RE: JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 07:51 PM

                            Chances are you got "whited" without even knowing it.

                            I don't think it really counts as getting "whited" if you are fully aware of it.

                            1. re: ipsedixit
                              JThur01 RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2012 10:52 PM

                              So, are you saying you essentially don't agree with the basic premise of Dave's piece on being "whited"? ...or is it just semantics or differing definitions?

                              I can say I've never experienced any of what Dommy described. The closest being a couple of times where waitresses have tried to talk me out of ordering a particular dish, but nothing on the level Dommy mentioned.

                              1. re: JThur01
                                ipsedixit RE: JThur01 Jan 6, 2012 06:04 AM

                                ...or is it just semantics or differing definitions?

                                A little of both.

                                There is "whited" (as Dave describes) where you are just treated differently -- and not always in a negative way -- because the restauranteur believes that you want something other than what you are ordering based on your ethnicity, or lack thereof.

                                Then there is "whited" where the restauranteur just doesn't care about you because she believes that you -- and your ethnic group -- are not the target demographics for their restaurant.

                                In the first instance, the restaurant cares about you and your business. In the second, it does not.

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                                  Peripatetic RE: ipsedixit Jan 6, 2012 02:51 PM

                                  > Then there is "whited" where the restauranteur just doesn't care
                                  > about you because she believes that you -- and your ethnic group -- are
                                  > not the target demographics for their restaurant.

                                  Well put. I've definitely experienced this. I don't think it's always overt, systematic, or even consistent, but I think sometimes the kitchen decides they don't want/need to put as much effort into your dishes as they suspect you won't fully appreciate it anyway. They might omit ingredients, take shortcuts, or use older or inferior ingredients. It's hard to distinguish from an off-day or a genuinely inconsistent kitchen, though.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                    raytamsgv RE: ipsedixit Jan 6, 2012 03:37 PM

                                    Back in the 80's, a number of the Chinese cooks that I knew (family friends and relatives) would cook slightly differently for non-Chinese patrons. The cooks were afraid that those patrons would not like the "authentic" versions of the dish. But the same is true even in certain Chinese restaurants for Chinese patrons. For example, my Cantonese relatives ordered spicy dishes (e.g. kung pao chicken) in Cantonese restaurants--dishes they thought were really spicy, but I thought to be quite mild. I've met Cantonese people who think a bell pepper is spicy. Fortunately for me, I've never been "Cantonesed" at a Sichuan restaurant--my Cantonese-American-faux Northern accent confuses them all.

                    2. A5 KOBE RE: Chandavkl Jan 22, 2012 10:38 PM

                      Went for a second visit and had some Sichuan dishes. Mapo dofu was excellent. Squirrel shaped fish was also crispy on the outside and not too sweet. Cat's ear noodle was also great again, love the chewy bit it has. Lastly we got the black pepper beef which was good, but not like those other dishes.

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