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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Since it's Summer and it's hot, what's everyone's favorite places for cold noodles in the SGV? All types of Chinese cold noodles: sesame noodles, spicy, naengmyeon. I'm looking for different versions/variations, maybe even liang pi.

Full disclosure, yes, this will be for an article. Article, not list (at least I won't *submit* it as a list).

Before the rants and fist shaking starts, I ask for a reason which isn't "copying" I know *my* favorites and am simply seeking other places I might have missed from people whose opinions I respect. The sheer scope of the hundreds of restaurants makes me realize the distinct possibility I might have overlooked some really good places. That despite the usual suspects coming up most often here when discussion turns to cold noodles.

Plus, I would have a tendency to eat at places recommended by CHers whether I was writing something or not. I mean fer Pete's sake, I even ate Kung Pao Chicken because ipsedixit recommended it* So, there is that... :-)

*and he was absolutely right, it was great!

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  1. Jim, you're a Chowhound regular. Only a simple disclaimer needed. We know you don't just swoop in, poach the brain trust, and then slink off.

    That said, I have no recommendations for you.

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      Let me rephrase what TheO said.

      Go fcuk yourself, Jim.

      Then go to Dai Ho (wSGV) or No. 1 Noodle House (eSGV).

      Send royalties to:
      Los Angeles, Discussion Board

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Xi’an Kitchen in City of Industry is very good as well. They well let you basically top off there noodles with a selection of items from their cold tray.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Re: Xi'an Kitchen using cold tray toppings. Do they "let" you? ...or is it just that you manage to get away with it? :-)

          Thanks ipse, jj, J.L., barry for the suggestions. They are appreciated. Dai Ho was definitely on the radar. Should I get there at 3? :-)

          Royalties? There are royalties?

          1. re: JThur01

            I don't know about royalties, but you'll have a nice throne after Chengdu taste if you hit that up! have fun!

    2. Some super spicy ones at chengdu taste. Awesome.

      1. Second the No. 1 Noodle House rec.

        Jim gets a free pass from me for actually trying to learn Chinese just so he can read the menus in the SGV. 加油, Jim!!!

        1. tonyc turned me on to the korean style cold noodles at shen yang. i haven't had it yet this season, but they will add ice on request, and each bowl is prepared separately. i thought it was better than the version at yu chin in k-town (though the hot broth at yu chun is a nice touch)

          even though they're not related, i recently enjoyed versions at the tasty noodle in san gabriel and in hacienda heights, but for different reasons.i thought the texture of the noodle at TN(SG) was perfect, though the portion was relatively small. but note the color of the sesame sauce at TN (HH). there was a umami-type of essence going on in the sauce which for me compensated for otherwise mediocre noodles.

          there are other great renditions though none of them come to mind at the moment

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          1. re: barryc

            maybe it was an off day, but i didn't have a great meal at SY(SG) last year - had the cold noodles, the meat pie, and the chicken ribs. It was all mediocre. Maybe cause I'm white.

          2. One other side question. Who has cold noodles (thinking naengmyeon) as a seasonal item?

            I recall some talk of places adding it as a Summer only item. Who has them and are they better than Shen Yang (Monterey Park)?

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            1. re: JThur01

              IIRC it was heavy noodling II in the JYTH plaza. never had theirs, so i can't compare.

              1. re: JThur01

                Not seasonal nor in SGV, but the Korean cold noodles at Somunnan (in Cerritos) are quite good.

                The dish to get there is the Mool Naeng Myun, made with arrowroot (as opposed to the more traditional buckwheat) noodles and beef broth -- even though icy -- is surprisingly savory without being overly unctuously unpalatable (the way that bulalo can sometimes be).

                The Bibim version is ok, but lacks the body and oomph of the Mool iteration.

              2. Is this the "article" Jim? http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014...

                I assumed Dai Ho & 88 Beef Noodle entries were your doing.

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                1. re: chrishei

                  Chris, no, not mine. Those are from an earlier piece by Christine Chiao. Maybe the editor got tired of waiting for me? :-)

                  1. re: JThur01

                    Or maybe the editor is trying to avoid a plagiarism lawsuit?

                2. on a whim i went into the food court in the same mall as the arcadia ranch 99 (golden west & duarte/naomi) where i was going for a beef tendon run and discovered that the food court had changed quite a bit (so had the ranch 99, but that's another story). of the most interest was the new DAIKOKUYA (which has probably been there for a while - but i have not found mention of it on CH so i thought i'd bring it up for that reason as well). and i tried their version of hiyashi chuka. not necessarily authentic with the inclusion of processed turkey strips and avocado, but something you could share for lunch and get out for less than $5. the noodle texture was very good.

                  the other half of the story is that the reason i was in the neighborhood was that i had gone to try dai ho for cold noodles, not realizing that all but one of their noodle dishes are served hot, their cold noodle comes out prepackaged (i neglected to take a pic of the other two parts of the sauce). good, but small serving. the hiyashi chuka was about $9 and twice the volume as that $7 order from dai ho.

                  and there was an order of cold noodle to be had from another establishment in the mall for less than $4.

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                  1. re: barryc

                    If you're going prepackaged, the cold chicken noodles at sinbala ain't bad

                    1. re: blimpbinge

                      i have not been there yet. part of my friday lunch group come out from santa monica, so we've kept it fairly close to the 10 and usually not farther east than rosemead. so i'm just beginning to explore that area on different days. tried china red a couple weeks ago, and ordered a beef roll to go from 101 noodle express about 3 weeks ago which was IMO better than the ones i've had from the one on valley.

                    2. re: barryc

                      it's rather unbelievable a Japanese joint would be serving a cold noodle with better QPR than a Taiwanese joint.

                      which is why I don't go to Dai Ho.

                      thanks for the tip/reminder.

                      1. re: TonyC

                        i had to try dai ho once.

                        i did.

                        i won't be going back.

                      2. re: barryc

                        They have another cold noodle option, with peanut sauce. You just have to ask for it. Nicely.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          in mandarin, which wo shuo de bu hao

                          as a matter of fact i had to tell her:

                          shuo guang dong hua, shuo yi dian guo yu

                          as which point she took the rest of my order in broken english

                          and i had to say guang dong hua because i didn't know how to say toisan in mandarin.

                          and now when i go to a cantonese place, i try to answer in mandarin to cover my lack of fluency with cantonese.

                          1. re: barryc

                            Happens at Dai Ho even to those who do speak fluently.

                      3. eater just did this. http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/07/...

                        ....not that LAW won't wanna capitalize on the heat.

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                        1. re: thefatknightrises

                          interesting. apparently the turkey/avocado is unique to the arcadia location.

                          i've had the yu chin naengmyun. i think the shen yang version (now that they add ice upon request) is superior, though the hot broth at yu chin is a nice touch.

                          the noodles at kobawoo house were good, but that $10 bo saam lunch special is hard to pass up.