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Feb 2, 2014 11:47 PM

Really good beef chow fun?

I returned home today after 10 days abroad, hungry as usual for a Chinese food fix, especially for my go-to comfort dish, beef chow fun. But alas, my favorite local restaurant has changed owners, and my favorite beef chow fun of all time is gone. You know, the kind with thick, fresh noodles, wider than the pre-cut kind you can buy at 99 Ranch, accompanied simply by bean sprouts, scallions, and tender beef, all with the perfect wok char? I know you can get beef chow fun at any Chinese place, but where is there a great one? I will go anywhere in LA to find it. The only other one I ever had to rival my favorite was in a tiny hole in San Francisco Chinatown that I've never been able to find again.

Thank you for your help!

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  1. I havent been in years but when I did Kim Ky Noodle House had a great ho fun.

    1. I don't know if this will scratch your itch, but I think Won Kok in Chinatown makes a great chow fun; I usually get the house special, though.

      Their baked bao's are good too.

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      1. re: Ogawak

        Yes, although I always get the fish fillet chow fun there. I agree on their baked baos.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I like Sam Woo's version, also. Any Sam Woo and with gravy , please.

        2. marked.

          agreed the wok hei is crucial.

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          1. re: ns1

            Honestly it separates the boys from the men...otherwise the flavors are pretty even throughout the restaurants

          2. Ahhh 乾炒牛河, dry stir fry beef chow fun.

            How is the one at Tasty Garden? I would think a smaller "bistro" like place that does killer Cantonese stir fry dishes can do an awesome beef chow fun.

            Best enjoyed with a killer chili sauce. In a perfect world the chili sauce would be orange and stone grounded and made with chili/garlic/vinegar/fermented sweet potatoes (e.g. Yu Kwen Yick, but only available in Hong Kong, the de facto choice for enjoying beef chow fun in HK).

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            1. re: K K

              RIP Wonton Forest chili sauce. Anyone know where I can get that stuff again?

              Replied to the other Yu Kwen Yick thread, messaging my friends in HK to see how much it would cost to send some over...

              1. re: ns1

                I highly suggest you splurge on a care package, fill it up with goodies and have them send it over by mail (air or sea).

                The great thing about a sauce like Yu Kwen Yick is that it is so addition to beef chow fun, it will escalate turnip cakes to new heights (too bad CNY is over, the house made or restaurant made limited edition turnip cakes, not the BS you get during dim sum), even using it to dip wontons. Tasty Garden also has lo mein (noodles with broth on the side) so you can add a little to boost the flavor, and I'd imagine it would also work great with Vietnamese Chinese wide egg noodles like at Trieu Chau Santa Ana. Also awesome with pan fried cheung fun....and I hate to say this....but spicy tuna made with it (cheap ahi/yellowfin of course). The current generation owner of Yu Kwen Yick told me to enjoy it with pasta, but I haven't tried that or with tacos al pastor yet. But also good with pho (e.g. a quick dip in fatty brisket).

                After getting hooked on it, you will totally forget rooster sauce. The problem is that you will have to carry it with you wherever you go and use it up before it goes bad (has no preservatives).

              2. re: K K

                How is the one at Tasty Garden?
                good, fast, plentiful with tender beef. even more enjoyable with DFC's extravagant house spicy xo sauce.

                1. re: TonyC

                  What else is good @ DFC? They're right around the corner from my vet...

                  1. re: ns1

                    Just passed by Delicious Food Corner. They are closed for renovation until March.

                  2. re: TonyC

                    Thanks! That's what I figured from reading afar about Tasty Garden. In a way it is like a distant cousin to NorCal's Cooking Papa. Quick fast efficient with the HK style attitude and approach towards food.

                    Even a good house chili sauce made with chili oil and chili flakes will do the job.

                  3. re: K K

                    Tasty Garden's beef chow fun is great. I order it regularly for takeout and it's always fresh, hot and great

                    1. re: Ernie

                      Which tasty garden are you guys referring to?

                      1. re: ns1

                        I like the original location on Valley Bl in Alhambra

                        1. re: Ernie

                          meh. i still lament the loss of wing hing deli that used to be at that location.