SGV: Dinner at Chongqing Special Noodles
I’ve been super into Sichuan food lately and been enjoying the spicy goodness of noodles over at Mian. When I heard about another Chongqing (occasionally spelled the old fashioned way of Chung King, a city in Sichuan) spot, I headed over there as soon as possible.
Chongqing Special Noodles opened about three months ago. They have an extensive menu that includes cold apps, specialty noodles, hand pulled noodles, dumplings and some other Sichuan dishes. It might actually be too extensive for a small and crowded shop.
We ordered a couple of things from the cold case to start. I love pig ears. I originally wanted cucumbers but they were out so we got wood ear mushrooms.
The three of us decided on two noodle dishes as well as my fave water boiled fish. The namesake Chongqing noodles were delightful. I really enjoyed them. I liked the springy noodles and the savory notes of the simple toppings of ground pork and a fried egg.
Although I liked the water boiled fish, I probably wouldn’t order this again. Stick to noodles at a noodles specialist.
Our server recommended the biang biang noodles when we said we wanted the handmade, hand pulled noodles. The noodles are topped with ground pork, tomatoes, eggs and a generous scoop of chili oil. These were good but we preferred the Chongqing noodles.
I’d like to try the spicy wontons next time.
How does it compare to Mian, which seems ultra slick in comparison? Mian does have the edge but if you want a simple bowl, head on over to San Gabriel.
Chongqing Special Noodles708 E Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776 — (626) 374-1849 © The Minty 2015