Bamboodles - Closed

535 W. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776


  • Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm
  • $
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Bamboodles, the first American outlet of a small chain originating in Guangdong, is one of the new breed of noodleshop in the San Gabriel Valley, sleek and architected rather than slapped together in the closest restaurant-supply store, nicely air-conditioned, more or less English-speaking, and decorated with blown-up old black-and-whites of practitioners of the ancient Cantonese art of bamboo-stick noodles. In the Hong Kong fashion, beverages include milk tea, milk coffee and tea and coffee mixed. You will see lengths of bamboo on quite a few tables in the restaurant, filled with steamed rice and a judicious scattering of spicy stewed spareribs or sliced Chinese sausage with preserved pork belly. A couple of dollars gets you a plate of carefully steamed vegetables, perhaps Chinese broccoli cut into almost surgically even lengths, served with a little dish of oyster sauce. There is a minor sideline in dumplings, made with skins flattened to gossamer thinness. But you've come for the noodles kneaded in the front of the restaurant by a master bouncing on a th ick length of bamboo, and while the spicy beef noodles in broth,and the forest-green lo mien served with shell-on shrimp are both good, the restaurant's specialty is probably the noodles served in a strong broth with slices of fat, green-tea-braised pork, like a Cantonese equivalent of the Japanese tonkotsu ramen that was probably inspired by the Cantonese dish to begin with - pork noodles as seen in a hall of mirrors. See full review.

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