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It's always challenging to eat with both my father-in-law and my niece.
The former likes only Asian food and basic steak and seafood. The latter is too rambunctious for fine dining.
Throw in my own Mama Monkey who is often directionally challenged, and we're tasked with finding a place that can suit everybody's tastes, behavior, and navigational skills.
There has been quite the buzz in the L.A. food blogosphere the past few months about Bamboodles, a small noodle house in a San Gabriel strip mall at the corner of Valley and New.
Bamboodles lies in its fresh noodles kneaded by a huge bamboo stick and hand-pulled with care.
It's really quite the show. I wish I'd taken video.
The combos here are deal-icious.
Mama Monkey got Combo B with celery peanuts, green tea slice[d] pork noodles, and a lemon tea -- all for just $6.95!
My bonkers father-in-law inexplicably ordered enough food for a small city.
Bean sprouts and dried bean curd. I couldn't find the bean curd. Meh.
House special dumplings ($5.95). Slippery, chewy, thick, handmade skin -- nice. Good enough but nothing terribly special.
Pan-fried dumplings ($6.50). Take the above and fry them. Better.
Wonton noodles ($6.95).
Cold spinach noodles with chicken ($9.45).
If you buy one item at the regular price, you can get the noodles of the day for $1. No joke! A bowl of noodles for $1!
Mr. Monkey and I couldn't resist getting some sweet drinks -- lemon honey and coffee milk tea. My lemon honey proved too sweet for me, but, really, what did I expect from a drink with "honey" in its name?
I found the broth to be on the oily side and the meat not as tender as it should've been, but the noodles were very good.
I got the wonton spinach noodles ($6.45).
You can substitute spinach noodles in any dish for $0.50 extra, and we were glad we did. They had more oomph than the regular noodles. Thumbs up for the spinach noodles, but my wontons and their broth were a bit anemic. I wouldn't go as far as to say they were bland, but they certainly could've been more flavorful.
In any event, chili oil solves everything, so I wasn't too bummed.
Portions are generous.
I still had this much left when I stopped eating.
Would I go back to Bamboodles? Yes. On my own dime, however, I would get only noodle dishes, preferably in combo form, plus the $1 noodles.
Lunch was not over. I was full, but Little Monkey Niece was clamoring for frozen yogurt, so we went next door to Peach House.