Bull Demon King Cafe (Temple City)
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Because any place that sells Hell Style Beef Noodles can’t be all bad.
My quest for the perfect bowl of Beef Noodle Soup is an endless one, one requiring lots of shoe leather, and diligent, diligent research.
In this case, it was the name that first attracted. Bull Demon King Cafe (website still under development), I mean, who can resist that name? I have no earthly idea where it came from, but with a moniker like that, who doesn’t want to darken their door just to see if something they cook up in the kitchen earns it?
I think you won’t be surprised to find out that Bull Demon King Cafe operates on the opposite end of the spectrum from a place like A&J Restaurant. Where as A&J is the nice, family joint, I get the feeling Bull Demon knows they’re getting more of a party crowd. There are just too many pictures of proud “Survivors” on the wall for them to expect anything else.
Bull Demon King Cafe sits at the far end of yet another San Gabriel Valley Strip Mall complex. Yes, if you blink at the wrong moment, you could totally miss it. The space is small. One could say cozy.
There’s nothing particularly alchemic about what’s going on here. Straight ahead comfort food classics (and they do a brisk to go business), and they’re also Cash Only.
Man, are all the Taiwanese places in the San Gabriel Valley Cash Only? I’m detecting a pattern here.
The Spicy Beef Noodle Soup was wonderful. Bull Demon’s version comes in slightly behind my favorite over at Sinbala, but they do something here that even the vaunted Sinbala does not do.
They let you adjust the spice level.
This helped significantly, because as much as I love me some Sinbala, the first few bites I take (until I adjust) make me want to cry. It’s very spicy. Even my Jalapeño loving, put Hot sauce on everything, Texas born and bred Father is going to dial back for this one. Here at Bull Demon King, I was able to enjoy my soup pain free. I was able to get a nice healthy sweat out of it, and all the while, not have my head explode.
Good stuff. Friendly staff. Will be back for more.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Since I came for Beef Noodle Soup, I ordered the Beef Noodle Soup. The main difference at Bull Demon King Cafe is how you can customize it. You get a choice of Thick, Flat, Thin or Glass Noodles. Thick being the most popular, I went with the Thick Noodles. You can also choose your spice level: Not Spicy, Hot, Medium or Mild. I went with Medium and was able to enjoy my meal without mouth scorching pain.
They also make a Taiwan Sausage Fried Rice that is out of this world fantastic. I may have liked it even more than the soup, and I really liked the soup.
I topped it off with a Peach Milk Tea which was very light, and not too sweet.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Wow, I am making good use of this Cash Only Badge, because it seems every Beef Noodle Soup Place in existence in and around San Gabriel is Cash Only.
Also, it should be noted that Bull Demon King Cafe has a Man vs. Food style Food Challenge. Finish a bowl of their Hell Style Beef Noodle in 30 minutes, you get a free meal, a T-Shirt and picture on their Wall of Fame.
PARKING: Easy. This location is parked at the end of a Strip Mall in Temple City, and there is plenty of free parking. No contest, hands down, easy.
I will say that the Temple City Blvd. entrance is a bit narrow and might be hard to see, but if you come in off Woodruff, that’s right next to the restaurant.
Bull Demon King Cafe (Temple City)
5953 Temple City Blvd
Temple City, CA 91780
Tel: (626) 286-4788
Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm