April 18, 2008 2

Yungui Garden (Monterey Park)

By in 01: San Gabriel, Favorite Food Entries

We went back for more Yunnan rice noodles (old entry).


We got the right item this time. The delicious Cold Noodle. It taste very strong with bold, vinegary sauce, pickled cabbages and salted grounded meat.


Their signature Across the Bridge Rice Noodle. Too bad the ingredients were mixed in the soup by the waitress before I get to take photos. The soup is very tasty, it’s cooked with chicken fat and leg bones of pigs. It’s a good warming, comforting dish.

Legend has it that in ancient China, a scholar’s wife invented this when she needed to find a way to keep her soup noodle hot when she had to deliver meals a long way across the bridge to her husband’s study room (where he shut himself to study) in bitter winter. The cooked chicken fat in the soap floated onto top and form a thick layer that keep the soup hot. The oily soup and smooth rice noodle is pretty much a invincible combination. Despite this being the 101 of Yunnan food and looked rather plain, many customers walked by our table kept asking me “that looked good, what it is?”

Yungui Garden
301 N. Garfield ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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2 Responses to “Yungui Garden (Monterey Park)”

  1. seat says:

    Oh that is why it is called 過橋米線!! The chicken broth looks sooooo good~~

    Why do they have to mix the ingredients in front of you??

  2. Freda says:

    I remember this story from my childhood when our family travel to Yunnan, so it was based on my faded memories.
    When they bring the soup noodle, the chicken and other ingredients are in separate mini-bowls from the hot soup (tradition of how you would pack delivery food?). The waitress sat down the bowls and pour into the soup immediately…I was like “wait~~”