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Lunch at Heavy Noodling/Shanxi DaoXiao Mian

Jerome | Jan 29, 2004 04:06 PM

So Ate at Heavy Noodling. The Chinese name is more specific - they specialize in "knife-cut" noodles from Shanxi province (the one with Taiyuan and Datong, not the Shaanxi with Xi'an). Knife cut noodles are made by making a cylinder of firm dough, and then cutting off thin slices directly into a boiling medium. They are like slightly thick and chewy pappardelle.
So for lunch (two of us) we had the redcooked beef and beef tendon soup with the hand cut noodles. The broth was good, a bit spicy and very star-anisy. Nice pieces of meat. The menu has stir-fried hand-cut noodle dishes and about 12 or so hand-cut noodle soups.

There is another section of wheaten snacks/dumplings and such on the menu. We ordered the Jiucai hezi listed here as Green onion cakes. These aren't the scallion cakes you might expect. They are a thin wheat pocket stuffed with shredded leek (chinese leek). It's not vegetarian as there are bits of dried shrimp mixed in with the seasoning. This was served cut in half. pretty good.

The best thing was a muxu (written, not muxi) mao'erdou, Mu-hsu cat's ears. Quick note: the menu has cat's ears and pigs ears. The pig's ears are just that, pigs ears. The cat's ears are a kind of pasta. The dough is rolled out thin and small shell-like noodles are squeezed out using the thumbs. When cooked, they resemble little cat's ears. These were sauteed with the makings of a mu-hsu filling, mushrooms, eggs, etc. Think of them as Chinese spaetzle. They are really really fine. My favorite thing.

On the back of the menu they have a large variety of familiar and not-so-familiar northern cold dishes. We had a seaweed salad and a mustard cabbage salad. The seaweed salad was good and they mix it with just a few strands of shredded pressed tofu (doufu gan-si). The mustard cabbage salad was made of shredded pickled mustard cabbage (xuecai), cooked broad beans (fava? maodou), and shredded bean sheets I think. Both were slightly sour, garlicky and very good.

Total for five dishes, two people, w/tax before tip - about $20.

They close from 3-5 or so. Big variety of cold dishes. Also serving steamed and fried dumplings - jiaozi, guotie etc. They have an interesting dessert, they call it a black rice porridge (like a congee, hei mi zhou). It's made of a slurried black glutinous rice, mixed with rock candy, dried real jujubes/chinese red dates (hong zao), and peanuts. A little different/ refreshing - I didn't include this above because we weren't sure we wanted it, asked if we could just see it as we were full, and the waitress just brought us half a bowl to taste and enjoy. very kind. So we left a little bigger tip.

153 E. Garvey, just east of Garfield in Monterey Park, near Lake SPring garden / north side of the street.

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