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Coming Attractions: Emperor Noodles and Lady Bug Teahouse

Chandavkl May 16, 2012 03:29 PM

For those of you who have run out of new places to try in the San Gabriel Valley, help is on the way. Emperor Noodles is opening in San Gabriel up where Lao Bian Dumplings used to be, while Lady Bug, I believe, is replacing a place that only served tea in the old Crawford's Corner shopping center in Alhambra now anchored by 1 6 8 Market. If you beat me there when they open, please post a report.

  1. Chandavkl Jun 29, 2012 08:15 PM

    Emperor Noodles has not opened yet despite the fact that the signage for their marked parking spaces is up. Should be opening soon. but since they don't speak English inside I don't know exactly when. Also in San Gabriel, the Shabu House space on San Gabriel Blvd. is for lease.

    13 Replies
    1. re: Chandavkl
      Johnny L Jun 30, 2012 12:05 PM

      There are also two ramen places in the works. Fujisan in the same plaza as A Ri Rang Tofu on Valley and Yukino Ya in Arcadia next to Moffets. Hoping at least one of them is worthy of my palate so I don't need to get on the freeway to enjoy great ramen.

      1. re: Johnny L
        TonyC Jul 2, 2012 11:54 AM

        Tonchan isn't good enough for you?

        1. re: TonyC
          Johnny L Jul 2, 2012 11:30 PM


          1. re: TonyC
            dreamcast18 Jul 8, 2012 10:32 AM

            love Tonchan..but their quality had dropped abit..shame since i hope they survive. Lines out side Golden Deli vs empty Tonchan.

          2. re: Johnny L
            dreamcast18 Jul 14, 2012 10:03 AM

            just saw that Fujisan replaced the pretty good B Open Kitchen...sad.


            1. re: dreamcast18
              Johnny L Jul 15, 2012 11:37 PM

              oh dang it's open, gotta head there soon, thanks for the update.

              1. re: Johnny L
                JThur01 Jul 16, 2012 04:34 PM

                I neglected to post it here, but...yes, Ramen Fujisan was open last Thursday evening (7/12).

                1. re: JThur01
                  suvro Aug 2, 2012 10:10 PM

                  I went to Fujisan today for lunch. I am not an experienced Ramen expert, but to my untrained palate, it did not seem all that special, compared to my limited other Ramen experiences in SG Valley. I hope someone more experienced will go and provide an expert report.

                  They have been open a month, and was mostly empty while I was there for lunch. Their operations are not yet all worked out - they give free shaved ice, but they made the offer too late, and the counter person got sidetracked when a Chinese customer came in asking for takeout - which they apparently don't do, but made an exception for her today!

                  FUJISAN RAMEN
                  529 E. Valley Blvd.
                  San Gabriel, CA 91776
                  (626) 288-1774

                  1. re: suvro
                    Johnny L Aug 3, 2012 11:22 AM

                    I went last week and it's alright compared to most of the big hitter ramen places. I like the smokiness of the chashu but other than that nothing really stood out. A nice serviceable bowl of ramen but that's about it.

                    1. re: suvro
                      TonyC Aug 3, 2012 11:23 AM

                      My WSGV noodle standards aren't high, but Ton-chan, when they're on, they're on. And Daikokuya is always there, as is Shin Sen Gumi. They scratch the itch just fine. The WSGV ramen boom is actually just as prolific as Little Osaka. There are now almost 10 joints with ramen (Ducks has curry ramen) , all Japanese owned (except for Ajisen, good LORD that's a bowl of hate.)

                      1. re: TonyC
                        jasongg06 Aug 15, 2012 11:48 PM

                        btw there's also ramen yukino-ya on baldwin that opened abt 1-2 months ago.

                        Not sure what it replaced, but it's in the same plaza as CVS and next to baskin robbins/moffets pies

                        1. re: jasongg06
                          TonyC Aug 16, 2012 10:43 AM

                          thanks for the update, I think it was covered here:

                          Not sure why Yukino-ya made the "Excellent Ramen" on Chow LA list, but Fujin didn't.

                          1. re: TonyC
                            jasongg06 Aug 16, 2012 05:25 PM


          3. Chandavkl Aug 29, 2012 03:13 PM

            The "Opening Soon" banner has been removed. But it doesn't seem to have opened. Anybody know what's going on?

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