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May 6, 2012 11:26 AM

Best Hand Shaved Noodles in LA?

Hey guys

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

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  1. Hand shaved = knife cut?

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

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      yep! that's what i meant.


      1. re: risaz

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

      2. re: bulavinaka

        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.

        1. re: yakigyoza

          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.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            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...

          2. 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

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

              1. re: risaz

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

                1. re: ipsedixit

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

                  1. re: odub

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

                    1. re: ClarissaW

                      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.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

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

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          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.

                          1. re: Ciao Bob

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

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              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

                            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

                              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

                      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. 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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