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Lao dong beef noodles in Rowland Heights

ClarissaW Jun 1, 2012 10:30 PM

Saw this today in the Class 302 plaza. Lao dong beef noodles is opening in Rowland Heights. Seems to be a chain store from Taiwan.

1015 S Nogales St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748


  1. Peripatetic Jun 1, 2012 11:38 PM

    > Seems to be a chain store from Taiwan.

    Dating from 1950 no less:

    - http://www.olddon.com.tw/

    Here's a thread about them on the China & Southeast Asia board:


    There's always a chance it could be another 85C or Little Sheep pretender. Though the toque-wearing chef logo appears to be a pretty exact likeness.

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    1. re: Peripatetic
      K K Jun 5, 2012 05:55 PM

      Or similar to Hutong on Rowland Heights, has the potential to be quickly disowned by corporate headquarters in Taipei....just like Ay Chung noodle shuttering all US locations (despite the name being a very well known brand).
      With regards to Din Tai Fung still surviving, the level of quality control/ISO 9001 certifications etc (like Little Sheep) and are probably held to a much higher coporate standard than many other places. 85C quality/standards are probably easier to control (since bakeries like Kee Wah already have the quality control down).

      In Taipei, Lao Dong doesn't have the same brand name power as it used to. It is still considered respected to some degree, but there are way better beef noodle restaurants around (especially the mom & pop shops that do not have branches). As in the case of Chef Hung, importing a franchise over doesn't guarantee success, let alone quality.

    2. Chandavkl Jul 16, 2012 12:58 PM

      Lao Dong seemed to have opened late last month. Wildly varying Yelp reviews (mostly 1s and 5s). I won't be able to make it to Rowland Heights for a little while, so I'm wondering if any of the Chowhounders have made it there.

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      1. re: Chandavkl
        JThur01 Jul 16, 2012 04:30 PM

        I was in the area a couple of Saturdays ago and it appeared quite busy. I didn't go in (I was full from earlier and Class 302).

      2. Chandavkl Oct 17, 2012 09:04 PM

        To be staffed with 30 Taiwanese university student interns. With those numbers, the service should be pretty good. Also confirms that this is an official branch.


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        1. re: Chandavkl
          TonyC Oct 17, 2012 10:38 PM

          That's great.

          But if you're going to charge $7.50 for a 3-item cold deli platter, people are going to tell you to EFF OFF, doesn't matter if you're the big honcho..

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