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Best Hand Shaved Noodles in LA?

risaz May 6, 2012 11:26 AM

Hey guys

what are the top five best hand shaved noodle places in los angeles?

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    bulavinaka May 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Hand shaved = knife cut?

    JTYH on Valley in Rosemead
    Kam Hong Garden on Garvey in Monterey Park

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      risaz May 6, 2012 11:49 AM

      yep! that's what i meant.


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        ipsedixit May 6, 2012 11:59 AM

        Besides JTYH and Kam Hong, also consider Tasty Garden, Ming Wa (cut, not shaven), New Mandarin Deli, and Omar's

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          Chandavkl May 6, 2012 02:49 PM

          +1 for Omar's

      2. re: bulavinaka
        yakigyoza May 11, 2012 05:34 PM

        I feel JTYH is a tease since it's the same owner as the defunct Heavy Noodling restaurant but I feel the dishes aren't the same... Sigh.

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          odub May 13, 2012 11:58 PM

          I'd still submit their lamb noodle soup is excellent but the noodling does, alas, get too heavy after a certain point.

          Their lamb cumin ribs are on point though.

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          raytamsgv May 14, 2012 11:03 AM


          1. re: bulavinaka
            bulavinaka May 20, 2012 12:14 AM

            Add Sweethome Grill on Valley in San Gabriel to the list. The hand shaved noodles in their lamb noodle soup and cold sesame noodles were great and very long. Ask for scissors if sharing a noodle dish for easier serving...

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            BrewNChow May 20, 2012 10:11 AM

            Definitely can't give you a top 5 but I'm pretty sure I had this at Shaanxi gourmet in the SGV.

            I thought the food there was OK-Good. The cold sesame noodles were great, but the knife cut noodle soup with lamb was just OK, the whole thing just didn't have much flavor. Maybe that's how the dish is supposed to be though.

            Also, I'm far from an expert on this cuisine, so if what I ate is not what the TS is looking for, someone chime in and correct me, I don't want to lead someone on a wild goose chase. California banned those.

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            1. re: BrewNChow
              risaz May 21, 2012 11:18 AM

              what about Dai Ho Restaurant, Mama's Kitchen and 101 Noodle Express?

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                ipsedixit May 21, 2012 08:41 PM

                Dai Ho does not have hand shaved noodles. Mama's and 101 are ok, very pedestrian even.

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                  odub May 22, 2012 09:30 AM

                  Mama's Kitchen does hand shaved? And 101 is weak; would never go there for noodles.

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                    ClarissaW May 22, 2012 11:10 AM

                    Mama's Kitchen, 101, Sweethome Grill DO NOT do knife-shaved. I called. It's hand-pulled.

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                      bulavinaka May 22, 2012 11:44 AM

                      Sorry if I misinformed about Sweethome - I assumed they were knife-cut/shaved because of the slightly feathered/tattered edges on our noodles in the soup and cold noodle dish, which reminded me of JTYH.

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                        Ciao Bob May 22, 2012 11:51 AM

                        If they would just buy the robot they could have 'em.

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                          Ciao Bob May 22, 2012 11:53 AM

                          Left out the text -

                          Worker shortages are no longer a problem for the owner of a restaurant in Xi'an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi province in northern China, as he has acquired a dough-peeling robot to make his shaved noodles, a local specialty traditionally made by hand.

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                            bulavinaka May 22, 2012 11:56 AM

                            I want the job of the two supervisors. Does the robot also take on Rodan on the side?

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                              Ciao Bob May 22, 2012 01:54 PM

                              Perhaps the "supervisors" are not what they appear to be. The caption below the photo reads, "The dough-peeling robot reportedly makes good noodles and is popular with customers. Two human cooks contemplate their future. "

                          2. re: bulavinaka
                            ClarissaW May 22, 2012 01:37 PM

                            I'm putting them on top three. The broth is amazing and so intricate. (I've hit up four handshaved noodles in the last hour. Considering going on a noodle fast after all this....)

                            1. re: ClarissaW
                              bulavinaka May 22, 2012 02:14 PM

                              Are you referring to Sweethome? If so, we all thought the broth was nice in its relative subtle yet complex flavors - many that were found in the bowl. The sliced konbu immediately comes to mind. If not, plz send head disciplinarian ipsedixit to dish out my verbal caining.

                    2. re: risaz
                      will47 May 23, 2012 05:35 PM

                      I don't think they make them in house, but Mandarin Deli (the one on Atlantic, in the plaza next to Elite that had the fire) has daoxiaomian (and a sign in the window about them), as well as their standard fresh noodles, or did a year or so ago. While some may be horrified, they will also make some of the dry noodle preparations (dandanmian, etc.) with daoxiaomian if you ask. Also Hui Lau Shan / Benser, while mostly known for their deserts, has them, both in soups and stir-fried.

                      I am guessing that many of the places which have them buy them from the same place.

                      If I'm not mistaken, daoxiaomian are more typical of Shānxī province vs. Shánxī (Shaanxi is the usual postal code name), though it's clear you can find them in both places.

                  2. ClarissaW May 22, 2012 11:11 AM

                    The only knife-shaved noodles I've found [Shanxi style] are at JTYH, Kam Hong, New Mandarin Deli, Omar's and China Islamic.

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                    1. re: ClarissaW
                      ClarissaW May 22, 2012 02:18 PM

                      And Tasty.

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