Monday, October 05, 2009

JTYH Restaurant: Where to get your mu shu cat ears, chicken paws and noodle pimples

When Josh told me JTYH Restaurant was descended from the famous Heavy Noodling, which I never went to before it closed, I was all like, "Hand cut noodles! Sign me up!" Driving east towards Rosemead, Valley Blvd. becomes increasingly Vietnamese, but the inscrutably-named JTYH is Chinese, with a page of the menu devoted to Shanghai and Sichuan dishes as well as the signature noodles. Sinosoul has already waxed over this place at length, so I'll boil my noodle broth down to the essence:

JTYH Noodles

JTYH is a small place in a minimall with plenty of parking. Its large ceramic chicken looks to have flown the coop from Sea Harbour down the street. But the menu is much broader than most noodle joints, so it could work for full dinners as well. There are entire sections devoted to soup noodles, fried noodles, dry noodles, pancakes, dumplings and buns. There's also a Chinese-only "snack" box. Sinosoul says it features Chicken noodle pimples, which sound akin to spaetzle. Appetizers include spicy chicken paws (feet, I would guess) and the usual cold seaweed, dried fish and cucumber dishes.

beef noodle soup
Everyone seems to get either the Beef stewed noodle soup or the Lamb noodle soup. We chose the beef, with tender brisket, a decent broth and oddly-shaped, beveled handmade noodles with a great rustic texture.
mu shu cat ears
I had to try Mooshu "Cat Ears" -- there's no pancakes involved, just the Chinese version of orrechiete noodles topped with scrambled egg and pork. A very comforting dish that would be great for breakfast.
leek dumplings
When I ordered leek dumplings, the waitress made a swooping motion with her hands that I took to mean "These aren't your normal dumplings, they are large like a plate." And that's exactly what they were, more like a pie stuffed with chopped leeks and bean thread noodles. Very cool, if not exactly dumpling-like. Mix up some chili sauce and black vinegar to dip them in, if you wish.

JTYH is open from 11-9:30 every day except Tuesday (why are Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants closed on such random days?)
JTHY Restaurant
9425 Valley Blvd.

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SinoSoul said...

FWIW, leek "pockets" are also available at Tastio/DSW, in case you want to compare. Mentioned JTYH to Josh @ blogger prom, was like: dude, this is the BOMB. Hope it was good for you as it was good for us.

ipsedixit said...

Tuesdays are generally the slowest days for restaurants in terms of traffic and table turnover.

That's why many Chinese restaurants are closed on Tuesdays.

Eileen said...

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!

Daily Gluttony said...

LOVE this place! Those knife cut noodles in soup is comfort food at its best. I was telling Josh that you guys should try the braised pork intestines next time--spicy, crispy & offally--perfect w/ a cold Tsingtao. :)

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