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Jun 13, 2012 08:18 PM

New Tung Kee Noodle House in Gilroy

On a cold winter day, Mom and I stopped at New Tung Kee Noodle House in Gilroy because we needed a quick, light dinner and a rest stop. It had been some years since my last visit to a TK, Luu, or the other iterations and spin-offs of this extended clan’s inexpensive Viet/Teochew/Cantonese noodle houses. No surprises here, the formula menu, low prices, and reliably fast service were just what we needed.

We shared a large size Combination Teochew rice stick noodle soup, $5.75. Prawns, beef balls, pork, chicken, scallions, and cilantro topped the rice noodles. Not particularly tasty, maybe the amount of MSG added has decreased, but perked up with a dab of chile sauce. This meal was warm and familiar, just right to tide us over for the drive home.

What is notable though is that the lady manning the cashier was particularly friendly. She handed me extra fortune cookies for my white-haired mother at no charge. While not the greatest food, New Tung Kee Noodle House can’t be beat for price or speed.

New Tung Kee Noodle House
6905 Camino Arroyo
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 847-6988

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  1. I was really surprised when this place opened up back in 2005 as I didn't think the demographics would support it, but it seems to have done well. Also gives me someplace to go when the others are outlet shopping.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Surprised me too. Took me 6 months to post about it, decided to because a Gilroy topic resurfaced. NTKNH may be the best Chinese food for a 20-mile radius and deserves a mention just for that.

      And as can be seen by this unrequited request for one near Walnut Creek, the genre has wide appeal.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        In my visit to King Eggroll in Gilroy today, I saw that TK Noodle has a branch in the same shopping center. Perhaps you were referring to TK Noodle and not the New Tung Kee Noodle further south near Target?

        In any case, boggles my mind that Gilroy is big enough for both of them.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I meant the location on Highway 152 that opened up as Luu Noodle and then became New Tung Kee. Indeed, while I was aware of Ginger Cafe by the outlet mall, I didn't know about the King Egg Roll and the T K Noodle. And I was just in the outlet mall about a week ago!

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Ok, then we're talking about the same place.

            I was aware there was a King Eggroll in Gilroy but didn't know where. Then when I decided to check it out and mapped the address, I was shocked that it's right in the middle of the outlets. And I have to say that it's quite visible if one is shopping at the strip that's right next to the freeway because the storefront faces the street. Can't believe I never noticed it before. There's a Tapioca Express in that section too.

            Well, now you have two more places to add to your lifetime list!

      2. Fast, cheap, filling, and not bad - what's not to like?

        When I worked near their Mountain View location back in the days before there were many lunch places in the area we used to go there for lunch a lot, because even if the line was out the door we knew it would move quickly. We used to start our stopwatches when we ordered - record time from placing the order to having the food appear was 89 seconds! I still go there occasionally - the customers are a snapshot of the ethnic diversity of the Bay Area.

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        1. re: tardigrade

          You're absolutely right. I know of others who share your "sport"!

          The speed of service is amazing. I'd much rather be here than at McD's. Took us a little longer because my mom had never been to one and needed to study the menu. Our waiter was a little surprised, as I suspect many customers have their favorites and know exactly which number to order.

        2. Posted about the Combination Porridge for Jook, dish of the month,

          Now that I've been to this New Tung Kee three times and to rival, TK Noodle, across town twice, I'll say that I've found New Tung Kee quite a bit better. Faster and friendlier service and the food tastes better. Since TK has been mostly empty even with discounted prices, and New Tung Kee mostly full even at odd hours, I guess the market has figured this out too.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Stopped in the Gilroy TK Noodle today and agree with the sentiments here. The combination wonton ho fun bowl was passable, but not much better. Pretty obvious MSG in the broth, noodles cooked more than I'd like, wontons gummy.