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Gui Lin Noodle Empire Expands to Alhambra--New Menu Items

Chandavkl Feb 19, 2014 03:20 PM

Gui Lin Noodle has set up another branch, this time at 1261 E. Valley Bl. This location was very briefly the home of something called A One BBQ whose life was measured in weeks, not months or years, and which incredibly didn't last long enough to garner one Yelp review. The Gui Lin Noodle menu has expanded at all locations with hotpots, rice dishes, dumplings and appetizers. This is actually my favorite noodle place in all the SGV.

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  1. barryc RE: Chandavkl Feb 19, 2014 07:13 PM

    i like their spicy sour soup with noodles - like a hot & sour pho.

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      young_chower RE: Chandavkl Feb 19, 2014 07:45 PM

      I can't find any other Gin Lin Noodles on the internet. Is this this same proprietor as Gin Lin Cuisine in Monterrey Park?

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        STEVEMIU RE: young_chower Feb 19, 2014 09:07 PM

        This one..

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/dandans-guili...

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          Chandavkl RE: young_chower Feb 19, 2014 10:08 PM

          Branches in Arcadia and a second San Gabriel branch near the San Gabriel Superstore.

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            Fine RE: Chandavkl Feb 24, 2014 09:27 PM

            Open at night?

            Thx

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              Chandavkl RE: Fine Feb 25, 2014 10:48 AM

              They are open in the evening but I don't know how late.

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          indigirl RE: Chandavkl Feb 22, 2014 06:07 PM

          Do they have good options for folks who don't eat pork or beef?

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            ipsedixit RE: indigirl Feb 22, 2014 06:28 PM

            Yes.

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              indigirl RE: ipsedixit Feb 23, 2014 06:58 PM

              Yay! :)

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              Tripeler RE: indigirl Feb 23, 2014 03:11 AM

              I just cannot imagine going to a Chinese restaurant and not eating pork, except for having something like lamb in its place.

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                barryc RE: Tripeler Feb 23, 2014 08:50 AM

                pork is fairly common, but just last week i had the $6.50 beef noodle soup and fish dumplings special on a return visit to kingburg. you could replace the beef noodle soup with some other noodle dish and be quite happy not having beef or pork,

                then you have all the chinese vegetarian places that cater to buddhists. i miss the $10 AYCE special at the now defunct vegetarian wok,

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                  ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Feb 23, 2014 09:00 AM

                  Not only can I imagine it, I've done it and dream about it constantly.

                  Few things are more tantalizing on the tongue and memorable on the psyche than abalone (sliced, braised and nurtured with the perfect blend of shaoxing wine, conpoy and whatever other witches brew the chef has up her sleeve) and silken tofu (lightly breaded, deep-fried, and then quickly cooked in a sharks fin broth).

                  I get weak just thinking about.

                  Excuse me. I need to be alone for a minute ...

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                    Fine RE: Tripeler Feb 23, 2014 06:19 PM

                    Doesn't that attitude automatically exclude many Jews and Muslims, along with vegetarians?

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                  Fine RE: Chandavkl Feb 23, 2014 06:16 PM

                  I've spent lots of hours perusing posts, links,articles, lists; what I'd really appreciate is a "hop from one to another" list of 2-4 places in SGV, for an evening meal, if that's not too absurd.

                  Thanks.

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                    suvro RE: Chandavkl Feb 28, 2014 03:16 PM

                    I have now been to this location twice.
                    The first time I tried their Guilin Hot and Spicy Rice Noodles. From a picture - http://s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphot... - I realize that my bowl was missing the hard boiled egg seen in this picture.

                    The portion size is HUGE - there was so much noodles that I could only eat like 1/5 of that. The broth was flavorful, but the meat was not very tasty for my personal taste. One of the pepper condiments helped.

                    Since I was alone, I wanted to try something else - and ordered a side dish - the pancakes (scallion? can't find a menu or picture - so can't get the proper description). This was tasty, and contributed to inability to finish the noodles.

                    On a second visit yesterday with a friend - we tried the Ultimate Noodles and the chicken hotpot.

                    The Ultimate noodles were OK, but the bacon and the thin slices of beef had a slight funky taste. I am not sure why - but somehow their thinly sliced meat does not agree with my taste buds. I did not like the soup on the side, and preferred to eat it dry with the chilli condiments.

                    The chicken hotpot was OK - it was not what I was expecting - a little too much of lotus root and potatoes, not enough chicken, and also more broth than I expected in a hotpot.

                    Also the waitress does not speak much English, and even when we were gesturing, she was recoiling! Yesterday was much busier than my first visit, and they seem very shorthanded at lunch - only 1 chef in the kitchen and 1 waitress in the front!

                    I will go back and try other items.

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                      barryc RE: suvro Mar 10, 2014 11:59 AM

                      i did not care for the ultimate noodle dish either. i don't remember the meat in the hot & spicy rice noodles.

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