For those of you looking for a new option to get your Dan Dan Mien fix, you've now got Chuan Yu Noodles.
Those of you old enough to remember, Chuan Yu Noodles is housed in that same nondescript pockmark of a storefront where Dai Ho used to be before it mvoed to its current loaction in Temple City.
Anyhow, it's now Chuan Yu Noodles, a purported Sichuan noodle shop.
And, you know what? It's darn good.
Two things you MUST get if you.
First, as you've probably guessed from the title, you have to get the Dan Dan Mien. The noodles themselves are really nothing to speak of -- nor should they because after all in a good bowl of Dan Dan Mien the noodles are really there as a vessel to transport the chili oil, ground pork, etc. to your oral orifice. And in this respect, the noodles serve their purpose just fine. As to those accoutrements that I speak of? The chili oil is and peppers are just right -- a bit salty, with a hint of musty smokiness, and of course a good healthy dose of spicy numbness. The pork crumbs are well-seasoned and carry a nice hint of star anise. Along with everything else it comes with boiled whole peanuts and a sliver or two of Chinese bok choy. Unconventional? Yes, but it works. Although the peanuts should traditionally be ground, not whole, it provides a nice crunch to the dish. And along with the bok choy, the two of them gives the dish a nice contrast to the mushy mouth-numbing softness of the noodles and chili oil. Good eatin overall.
The other dish you must get if you go is the Sichuan Mung Bean Jelly Salad. What the $@#$ you say? Mung Bean Jelly?? Yes, mung bean jelly. It's served cold, the mung bean jelly is cut into slivers the size of thick matchstick noodles, and the entire dish is marinated with chili oil and some other season I can't place my tongue on (and the owner wouldn't exactly divulge), but which I'm guessing is either vinegar and/or fish paste. Whatever, it's a fabulous dish. Cold, slurpy and spicy hot. It's like Sichuan's take on Korean Chung Pho Mook. Good stuff.
Go and give it a try.
Bear with the owner, it's a one (maybe 2 person) operaton.
Chuan Yu Noodles Town
525 W Valley Blvd #B