JTYH (Heavy Noodling Re-incarnated)

JTYH (aka New Heavy Noodling)Tipped off by this post on Sinosoul, I was eager to try the new and confusingly named JTYH. (The seemingly random acronym may be easier to remember if you, like me, just think of it as Just the Young Hos.) I was sad to hear when the original Heavy Noodling on Garvey ws closed, so naturally I was excited to hear that it was reincarnated as JTYH a few miles east in Rosemead.

We started off with a cold appetizer plate to whet our palettes which included beancurd noodles, celery (not shown), seaweed, and kimchi.  This wasn’t anything special, but gave us something to munch on while we waited for the rest of our food.

JTYH (aka New Heavy Noodling)

The star of the meal and my main reason for visiting was the dao xiao niu rou mian, also known as the knife-shaved beef noodle soup. The noodles were perfect. Wide without being too unwieldy, not overdone, and a good amount of bite without being too al dente. The broth was beefy and salty, but obviously second fiddle to the noodles.  The pieces of beef, which I usually overlook were so tender and flavorful that even if I didn’t like the noodles, I’d order this dish.

JTYH (aka New Heavy Noodling)

The BF ordered dan dan mian, which was cold thin noodles mixed with sauce and some veggies.  This looked pretty boring , but the noodles were interesting. Even though they were wheat noodles, they were so smooth and had such a springy texture that they almost seemed like rice noodles.

JTYH (aka New Heavy Noodling)

Our dining companion ordered the knife shaved fried noodles (he asked for them to be made vegetarian), which looked unexciting.  I took a bite and was wowed by the heavy wok qi flavor.  I’m always jealous of restaurants that can pull off that flavor because it’s next to impossible to do on a home stove.  I think we all would have preferred fresh shittake mushrooms to the canned mushrooms here. The noodles were also well done in this, so it may be a good dish to keep in mind for diners who don’t like noodle soups.

JTYH (aka New Heavy Noodling)

The surprise of the meal came from the fish and chive (Chinese leek?) dumplings.  I didn’t expect a noodle house to have such delicious dumplings!  The wrapper was thick and rustic looking but still very tender. The ground fish and leek filling inside was pillowy soft and light.  It practically fell apart when I bit into one.  This makes me excited to try their other steamed dumpling offerings.

Is JTYH just as good as the old Heavy Noodling?  I think so.  The new location is certainly cleaner than the old location, even for Chinese restaurant standards, although a little dirt and grime in a restaurant never really bothered me. I like to think of it as seasoning on a cast iron pan.  My mom refused to return to the old one because she thought it was too dirty, unfortunately. I think our waitress at JTYH used to work at Kam Hong because she recognized the BF and me right away and even remembered that the BF always orders vegan food.  Rosemead may be a long ways east for some people, but it’s worth it for chewy, rustic knife-shaven noodles and tasty, thick dumplings.

JTYH
[map]
9425 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 442-8999

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Comments

  1. says

    When judging a bowl of niu rou mien, do you give equal weight to the soup, noodles, and beef? “Yes” would be the PC answer, but I find that the soup is most important to me. I’m always searching for new places to try NRM so I’ll have to give this place a shot!

  2. says

    That’s a complicated question. I guess it depends on the place. For example here, the NRM has excellent noodles, good meat, and pretty good soup, so the ranking goes: noodles, meat, soup.

    But at Mama Liang’s Kitchen, the soup is WAY better than the noodles and meat, but I still like it.

    I guess it’s goes down to what I feel like. When I’m craving NRM, it’s the broth I’m craving, but at the same time, mediocre noodles can ruin a bowl. Aaah, this is too complicated.

  3. says

    I gotta agree with you there — Mama Liang’s Kitchen has the best soup I’ve tried yet. And with my bias, add in pretty good noodles/beef and that equals my favorite bowl of NRM in L.A. 😉

  4. Leann says

    I found the food really tasty and would recommend it to anyone.

    I love your reviews and your blogs.

    You should get in touch with the bizymoms Rosemead community and feature some of your interesting posts.

  5. Redline says

    The dumplings were great. The sauce was a bit thin (for dumplings), but still good, too. The beef soup was awesome. I didn’t even need to add anything to it, and the beef was so tender and juicy. It reminded me of a good pot roast. Noodles were good, too, but some of the thicker ones seemed undercooked a bit on the inside. It was a bit of a drive from Inglewood, but for the amount you get at the prices they have, it was worth it.

    Plenty of places to try out coming down Valley Blvd. There is a great little taco stand up Rosemead. Turn right on Duarte. It’s down a bit past Baldwin. It’s called Taco Lita, and they have a great meat & cheese burrito. Checking out this place made me want to stop by and pick some up, but got a bit rushed as we left.

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