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Oct 26, 2013 03:06 PM

A restaurant like Paris's Les Pates Vivantes in LA?

I was Paris about a year ago and went to a restaurant called "les pates vivantes" (living noodles". You could see the cooks in the windows stretching noodles in noodle strings yards long and throw them on a large griddle where they undulated as they cooked. Then they served them in a broth so hot that only major endorphins allowed is to continue. When we finished we were a mess with the broth all over us. Totally delicious. Is there a restaurant like this in Los Angeles? Don't need the theatrics necessarily only the end result.

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    1. re: granadafan

      Seems to me most of these places are either Vietnamese or are now closed. Am I missing one? I guess I'm looking noodles that hand pulled, grilled, put in a blistering broth, and then get all over your clothes.

      1. re: proovit

        I should have mentioned that I'm pretty sure it was Chinese.

        1. re: proovit

          Lucky Noodle King

          Not grilled, but hand pulled, and in spicy broth.

          I leave the "get all over your clothes" part up to your own chopstick-fu.

          (You might like Yunnan Garden but no hand pulled noodles although their rice noodles are worth a detour.)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            If you google the name of the place (of which there are now 3),
            you see information about the place. Found an article with pictures that those more versed in these matters might be able to help the OP and others interested in the place.

            1. re: Feed_me

              I don't see where it says their noodles are grilled (as the OP describes).

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I think the OP means "stirred fried" on a flat griddle (rather than in a wok) and not "grilled" on a barbeque like apparatus.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Ok, but the picture of the bowl of noodles does not look "griddled" either. Does it too you? That's what's throwing me off.

                  For example, the first picture in Lebovitz' blog just looks like a bowl of dan dan mian with perhaps some pork (or maybe chicken) bits.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    This blog post has photos that look more "stir fried" or sauteed if you will:

                    1. re: Servorg


                      It's either sautéed or served in broth. Not both.

                      Nothing special about that.

                      OP makes it sound like both. Or maybe my French sucks as bad as my English.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        My wife made me go back and watch our video after I told her about this thread. She believed they weren't grilled. Well...and I know I will be persona non grata from now on, while they did undulate, and they were on a metal sheet that looked like a grill, I have to agree with her. I withdraw my assertion that they were grilled. You can welcome her to the board. I'm too embarrassed to continue.

                        1. re: proovit

                          No need to be embarrassed, and no one was out to embarrass you. And if I came off that way, apologies. My French, as they say, is totally merde.

                          In any event, if what you want is a bowl of spicy noodles made with hand-pulled noodles try the places I mentioned up above. Start with Lucky Noodle King.

                          Good luck.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Didn't think you were out to embarrass me. I did it myself. I plan to visit Lucky Noodle King. Very excited. Thanks.

      2. I have to say the post's title caught my eye...

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            1. re: porker

              That's French for "before noodles"

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I guess our coy sub-thread is doomed...

                1. re: porker

                  Thank you for the posts. I screwed up the subject matter (because I have a hard time writing with an ipad) and I thought it didn't post. I decided to would wait and try again with a computer. Then, low and behold, it posted and somebody was kind enough to put a relevant title. I love you guys.