Guilin rice noodles at Dandan are as good as what you’ll find in Guilin itself, says Chandavkl, who should know, having eaten the stuff three times a day on a tour there. Rice noodle soup with fish fillet comes topped with peanuts and is very good. Not into fish? There are 18 different ways you can get your rice noodle soup, including with spicy beef, duck feet, tripe, and snail meat.
Dandan, it turns out, is actually a new, kind of upscale sister restaurant of Eight Café, another reliable place to get your rice-noodle fix.
In the same plaza as Dandan is another new restaurant, the Hunanese-style Dong Ting Spring. Fish head casserole is good, maybe even better than Crown Cafe’s, says WBGuy. The menu lists a lot of Dong Ting dishes, as well as paper pot dishes, hot pot and Chairman Mao’s braised pork.
Dandan Gulin Rice Noodle [San Gabriel Valley]
formerly Q Noodle
140 W. Valley Blvd. #203, at Del Mar, San Gabriel
Guilin Mifen [San Gabriel Valley]
a.k.a Eight Cafe or A Cafe
110 E Garvey Ave., at Garfield, Monterey Park
Dong Ting Spring [San Gabriel Valley]
formerly Green Village, Green City
140 W. Valley Blvd. #206, at Del Mar, San Gabriel