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Feb 2, 2012 09:23 PM

Another hand-dragged noodle shop on West Broadway?

A few doors east of Peaceful, a new noodle restaurant has just opened. Anyone been yet? How's it compare to Peaceful & Sha Lin?

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  1. Four of us went to Tang Dynasty on Sunday night. Overordered as usual but it was all in the name of research! Ironically did not end up sampling any of their titular noodles as I wanted to try the pancake "stripes" which turned out to be strips of a yeasty flat beast. I rather liked it but I think I was in the minority. When it arrived the server, late of Sha Lin, declared they were Hunan style, though I couldn't detect anything Hunanese about them. I'm told they are a Xin Jiang or northern dish.

    The standouts were the pan-fried pork dumplings (like the ones that come in a circle of a dozen at Sha Lin) and the green beans with olive. Everyone enjoyed the cucumbers with garlic but I'd give the edge to If's version at 9 Dishes. I liked the potato roll a lot but one diner commented it was too bland. Less successful were the chive pockets (skin a bit soft) and the complimentary green onion pancake which was too greasy. With a Chinese beer it was $64 before tip. We took home enough leftovers for two lunches. Looking forward to returning to try out more of the extensive menu. Service was very attentive, and the restaurant is blindingly clean (but that may have more to do with the retina-burning lighting than anything, something that hasn't changed from when this location was recently a really bad sushi joint).

    I can't compare it to Sha Lin as I haven't been post-fire. I still love certain dishes at Peaceful but get the feeling they've lost the plot a bit with all the recent publicity. And really after only one meal during their first week of business it's probably not fair to pass judgement anyway :-). Do report back if you decide to give them a whirl.

    1. I was one of the four and would probably give a slight edge to Peaceful right now, although it is early days yet for Tang Dynasty. I've been disappointed with Sha Lin ever since they reopened after the fire. I used to be a regular there but don't think I'll bother any more. Regarding Tang Dynasty, agree with Grayelf that the cucumbers were OK (I like the Peaceful version better) and the pork dumplings and green beans with olive were excellent. I also went by myself, a couple days after they opened and tried the La Zi Ji (may not have been the greatest thing to order, since they're not a Sichuan restaurant) and the lamb soup with bread crumbs -- both were OK but not stellar. Will definitely be going back and trying more stuff, particularly the dishes not offered by Peaceful. In any case, its really great having another option in the area.

      1. Legendary Noodle is pretty good.

        I went with family from Northern China, and they agreed Peaceful caters too much to modern tastes... like lazy application of saucing.

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        1. re: andrew_eats

          Are you talking about the Legendary on Denman? The other two are now closed.

            1. re: andrew_eats

              Yes the Main Street location is gone.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                well that totally sucks. haha. the denman location too?

                1. re: andrew_eats

                  As I said above, the other two (Main St and Richmond locations) are closed. The one on Denman remains.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    well at least that ones still there. it has some pretty cool decor

        2. I ordered the latiao noodles with tofu, shrimp and fungus in sour broth. Oy....The broth was a stereotypical Canadian Chinese restaurant corn starch laden goopy mess with no richness of flavour at all. It was spiced up with some chili which did not integrate well as it appears to have come too late in the process. The noodles themselves were overly clumpy as well as being severely overcooked. These were not good noodles.

          Just for good measure I also ordered a cumin chili lamb skewer as I can not pass up lamb on a menu. I got nervous when I heard a microwave door slam, and the tell tale beeps. Wasn't surprised when the lamb was overly chewy, cooked from the inside out and then just quickly coated in chili dust after cooking. I'm guessing they pre-grill and then keep either in the freezer or fridge and then just warm it up in the microwave. I've never had microwaved lamb skewers before, and I won't ever have them again.

          For me, Peaceful is still the best in the area for hand pulled noodles.

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          1. re: YVRChow

            "For me, Peaceful is still the best in the area for hand pulled noodles."

            1. re: fmed

              Doesn't Long's hand-pull their own ?

              1. re: LotusRapper

                Yep! But Peaceful has them beat in terms of noodleage.

                1. re: fmed

                  I agree. The noodles at Peaceful are better than Long's for me as well.

                  1. re: YVRChow

                    Don't tell that (or rub it in) to Sandy, she's "a force of nature" ;-)


                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      I am a big fan of Long's (and Sandy) - for the record! The noodles are a bit too soft for my liking. I like mine with a bit of chew.

                      The Broadway location of Peaceful have experienced dough-pullers from Xian where pulled noodles is an art form. Lee Man's Van Mag article also lists Xian Xaochi at the RPM - also one of the best in town.

                      1. re: fmed

                        First trip to Peaceful (on Broadway) in a long time, what should we order(or conversly, dishes to avoid)? I love the Mu Shu noodles and the beef roll. Nothing too spicy, otherwise all suggestions welcome.

                        1. re: islandgirl

                          I'm a big fan of the cilantro salad and the xian cold noodles.