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Opened first week of May, first date of visit, May 19.

Holy flying goat Batman! Lovers of pho and birria, you will get schooled here. This is where you will encounter a bowl of ethereal pho de chivo (©Sinosoul, hehe). I hate being so flippant but this bowl of lamb noodle soup is so much better than just “lamb”, “soup”, and “noodles”.

JTYH touts Shanxi style noodles, mainly dao xiao mian, (刀削面), knife shaved noodles . This is a serious business at JTYH. The knife-shaved noodles just plain kicks Kam Hong’s arse; they come in longer strands and has an odd semblance of uniformity, despite the total squiggly squiggles. This iteration of shaven dough is also never over cooked ala Kam Hong’s products. They have 3 types of noodles, the dao xiao mian, hand kned noodles and some generic “thin noodle”. No idea what the latter are as the dao xiao mian is all that matters.

During one of the latest visits, powered by the appetite of Citynitz, Kung Food Panda, as well as JC and various SO’s, JTYH’s hot wok and simple flavors shown brightly. Fried chitlin’ flavored to a Szechuan profile (Braised Pork Intestine) was much lauded by all. Pan fried Jin Du flat cake is chewy, crunchy while offering the physique of a double stacked quesadilla. Michelle’s pancakes’s might appeal to LA Times, I will guarantee JTYH’s Jin Du stuffed flat cake is the coolest in all of W. SGV.

The following are 2 of the deepest find at JTYH (strike the mou er dou, it’s been long covered by Jerome on Chowhound): June of ‘08, A bowl of Chinese naeng myun came to me serendipitously on Garvey Blvd at what is now Hengyang Chili King. At $5, it was cold and grand. Flavored with predominantly apple juice, “Chao style iced noodle” was lost in the SGV after Northern Dumpling House was closed in November of ‘08. No worries, tho. Exactly one year later, a similar bowl of “Chao style iced noodles”, aka naeng myun to the Korean readership, is back. This bowl of “Chao style iced noodle” uses the same noodles as naeng myun, but includes kimchi and abundant applique of tender beef brisket, something always missing from actual Koreans bowls of naeng myun.

Beyond Chao style iced noodles awaits more excitement. Flip the menu to its back and you will see a small printed box covering “Snack/Desserts”. Herein lies the deepest Chinese find in SGV for all of 2009: “mian guh dah”. A google search on this subject yields over 2two million hits in Chinese, yet I’ve never seen this darn this in a Chinese restaurant in America, in the last 5 years of dining out. 麵疙瘩, item number 6 and 7, roughly translates noodle pimples. Goose bumps, in Mandarin, roughly translates to chicken “guh duh”, ie, chicken pimples. Snack/Dessert item number 6, tomato scrambled egg “noodle pimples”, was my parents’ ultimate weapon of choice in insipid gastro punishment when I was young and we were poor. Nothing evoked my gag reflex quicker than watching them squeezing dollops of wet slurpy dough into the boiling water in preparation of this dish. Fearing item number 6 would make me puke up my hard earned dinner, I went with the safer item number 7, “noodle pimples” in dried shrimp and napa cabbage soup. The whole concoction wasn’t as bad as I remembered, but it really was nothing more than a mental exercise to trigger childhood memory flavors.

The various items from the deli case are available as combos for $5 (approximately) but of the tripe/cucumber/seaweed/tofu/brisket/tendon/etc. I sampled, all were either too bland, too salty, or just completely WTF.

Finally, a history lession. Mr Gold first wrote of “Dow Xiao” back in 1991 which makes “Heavy Noodling” one of the oldest existing Chinese carb house in all of SGV. He publishes the similar article in Counter Intelligence in 2000, with first mentions on Chowhound’s LA board in 2000 by chadavkl. Due to the LA Times Editor’s choice article title in ’91, “Dao Xiao” took up the name “Heavy Noodling”. During this period, yours truly was kickin’ it in Ann Arbor, NYC, Chicago, etc., denied of this LA treasure, while Daily Gluttony was satiating her fat fetish with these bowls of wheaty gems. But they suddenly closed the week before “going back to Cali” materialized in my life. Bastards. Since then, every shaved noodle argument ended with: “O, so you never had Heavy Noodling, it was the best, too bad”, ie: “STFU, you never had the end-all, be-all benchmark of knife shaved noodles in LA”. FML.

Now I have. And I took these lousy pix before you did. Neeners.

Courtesy of City of Monterey Park vs. Courtesy of City of Monterey Park


Shout out to Wandering Chopsticks for the tip; thanks to Jenny for confirming the status via telephone and the “secret” behind the new, even more wretched name.

JTYH’s Take Out Menu

JTYH
9425 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
T: 626-442-8999
11:00am – 9:30pm
closed Tuesdays
JTYH Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Originally published August 18th.

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  • Your post says JYTH, but the photo says JTYH. Not that it matters because it’s the worst yet most memorable name ever for a restaurant.

  • Geoff

    Great review! What are the Chao-style iced noodles called? I couldn’t see them on the take-out menu.

  • Knife cut noodles look like tapeworms to me. 😛 I used to go to Tasty in San Gabriel, but the last visit, they were rather bland.

  • LORD. LORD. LORD. I am so hungry!!! We really need to do a San Gabriel crawl…when it gets cooler of course.

  • I’m so there.

  • This place kicks ass!! Much better than Kam Hong, with better service. Thanks for the heads up T!

  • Pam

    Hell yeah, baby can go back fo’ mo’ back! You don’t EVEN know how excited I am about this. I was SUPER bummed when I found out Heavy Noodling closed.

  • great to meet both of you guys tonight! Great reviews..our paths crossed at Taste of the Nation but didn’t know it!

  • TonyC

    Geoff, please click here to see the sign for the Chao Fresh Cold Noodles. It is not on the menu. Majority of all other dishes are indeed on the menu.

  • Geoff

    Thanks, greatly appreciated!

  • Geoff

    Went here for lunch today. The lamb noodle soup with knife shaved noodles was transcendent, every bit as good as Tony’s hyperbole. It reminded me a little of the dac biet pho bac at Pho Minh (which is also transcendent). The lamb was incredibly tender, and the noodles much less rubbery that the knife cut noodles at Kam Hong Garden. We also had the iced noodles, and these were excellent too, though they were a little more parsimonious with the beef on our visit: five thinly sliced roughly silver-dollar sized pieces. This might be because I ordered the small size, though. The brisket was a preserved beef reminiscent of corned beef, and was really good. It was fortunate that Tony provided the photo of the sign, because today the window shade was pulled down over it (luckily I’d printed it out).

    They appear to do a brisk trade in dumplings, and another table got a very appealing beef roll dish that I couldn’t reconcile with anything the menu, so we’ll have to try some of these things on our next visit.

    One question: would it be accurate to describe JTYH as a Shanxi restaurant, or do they just do a selection of Shanxi items very well?

    Again, many thanks to Tony for the recommendation.

  • I never had the original Heavy Noodling myself, so definitely want to try this reincarnation, especially after all the hype from you and all the people you brought there. On the other hand, I’ll probably have some dao xiao mian while in Indonesia too, we’ll see who wins 😛

    BTW … what *is* the secret behind the name JTYH?

  • TonyC

    Geoff, thank you for the detailed feedback, it really made my day. I am NOT aware there are 2 sizes to the iced noodles. I have my preferred dumpling joints in W. SGV, JTYH isn’t one of them. That said, it is a self proclaimed Shanxi style restaurant. Dishes that deviate into Szechuan/Shanghai are merely such. The cooked dishes needs more attention, but I’ve just been informed of 3 new resto openings… Never catching up.

  • Geoff

    Tony, thanks for the reply. I was surprised too when they asked “small or large” when ordering the iced noodles. I said small and they charged me the price on the sign.
    Thanks for the warning on the cooked dishes. So far Luscious is our favorite for (non-XLB) dumplings, and Dean Sin World for XLBs, but we still have many places to try
    Can’t wait to read your write-ups on the new openings.

  • Geoff

    P.S. Had the iced noodles at Sugar Spice Café last month and they were decent but not great (IMHO). They’re more bibim naeng myun style than mul naeng myun (I love both styles, but bibim-style is my fave). I haven’t had a lot of Chinese iced noodles to compare it with, but something tells me there’s much better iced noodles in the bibim style than we had at Sugar Spice. OTOH, the Chao style iced noodles at JTYH were up there with some of the best mul naeng myun I’ve had anywhere.

  • TonyC

    Geoff, now you’re going into some DEEP END shiznit. I’m not particularly fond of either types of naeng myun. Yes, I’d eat it but… Sugar Spice Cafe’s part of the Monster Q2 SGV Rundown that’ll be published someday. Their bibim naengmyun borders atrocious in my mind, using a really sweet, really funky and not too spicy Chinese Tian Mian Jiang instead of gochujang. With overcooked noodles and not much garnish, the $7 price tag is absolutely NOT worth the price of entry.

  • Geoff

    “using a really sweet, really funky and not too spicy Chinese Tian Mian Jiang instead of gochujang”
    I wasn’t sure whether this was just the style or not.
    One thing I’ll say add about Sugar Spice Cafe: their chicken curry rice is pretty nasty. Seemed to be just store-bought S&B or Vermont on leftover chicken parts. No idea what JG saw in it.
    Look forward to the full rundown.

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  • TonyC

    Geoff, still, we’re on the exact same page. JGold noted the chicken curry after I’ve already visited Sugar Spice 2x. They got extra $7 from me purely from his reference and I felt RIPPED, as surely did you. Let’s grub sometime.

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  • Brenda

    This is an excellent review of the restaurant. You should feature some of these on the bizymoms Rosemead community page.

    The mom really enjoy these food reviews.

  • My parents love noodles and dumplings. They found this restaurant before I did, and can’t stop talking about how good it is. They are taking me there for lunch today. So I’m reading your post to decide what to order today. haha…. Can’t wait!
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..Tex-Mex Corn Chip Chili & Apple and Celery Slaw with Blue Cheese Dressing =-.

  • TonyC

    Eileen, your parents probably found out first because of JT’s heavy rotation on Chinese TV (including 44.6). Enjoy!

  • We are so going here! Wanna join the UGs for lunch/dinner? FYI: that is an open invitation to all.
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  • Can a vege eat @ JTYH sinsoul? Would love to go to try just the noodles. thanks for the foodie porn!

  • TonyC

    Ankur, if you click on the PDF for the menu (near the bottom), you will see veggie-only versions of the noodles in both soup, and stir fried form. Thanks for commenting!

  • Thanks tony!

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