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Pan Fried Noodles?

Bryan Harrell | Aug 12, 2004 11:24 PM

Where in SF is a Chinese restaurant that serves Chow Mein made with pan-fried noodles? For some reason, when I ordered this recently in two SF Chinese restaurants, I was served a version where a bunch of entirely crispy deep-fried noodle pieces are on the plate, covered with the sauced stir-fry of meat and vegetables. This is not what was called pan-fried noodles when I was a kid.

What I remember is that the noodles are fresh in a slightly spread-out cake, grilled on one or both sides so that there is a flat, fried mass of noodles, lightly broken up. It sort of reminds me of the Swiss rosti potatoes -- a crispy exterior with a chewy noodle interior. On top of those noodles are all the rest of the ingredients. I have always assumed this to be a California Chinese dish.

If anyone knows what I am talking about, could you direct me to a place that serves it? Better yet, if you know what this style is called in Chinese, spell it out for me.

Thanks in advance

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