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fellow Arcadian, "JW", I enjoyed a gratifying dinner that was consistent with past meals and was inexpensive to boot.
I spent my Thursday doing some stuff at church. Throughout the day, I was gradually being wracked by a creeping hunger, and by that evening, I was ready for some serious grub. I thought that it would be nice to call up "JW" and break bread with him in the comfort of our neighborhood.
What I ate:
1. Bean Vegetable Hot Noodles (6.99 USD): Hand-torn noodles, green beans, and minced pork. Winner! This bowl was laden with umami. It was slightly sweet, which unexpectedly befitted the flavor profile. I had two critiques, however: 1. I agreed with "JW" that there was not enough sauce, and 2. The green beans were overcooked.
"JW" and I shared the ...
2. Beef Roll (7.45 USD): Thinly sliced forequarter cuts of beef, cilantro, and sweet bean sauce wrapped in a Chinese pancake. Oh baby ... if there ever was a reason to come to 101 Noodle Express, it definitely must be the Beef Roll.
"JW" had the ...
3. Dan Dan Noodles (5.99 USD): Minced pork and julienned cucumber over "regular" noodles. I had this the first time I ate at 101 Noodle Express and I remember it being a solid dish. I think "JW" liked it. I forgot to ask what he thought of it, neither did he offer his opinion.
Service was okay. Chinese restaurants aren't renowned for their friendliness and I didn't expect much butt kissing. One of the things Chinese restaurants are good at is preparing food and delivering it quick-quick. 101 Noodle Express was no exception to the rule, however, our orders didn't arrive at the table simultaneously, which shows a lack of leadership in the kitchen and is a pet peeve of mine.
I learned from "JW" that to get more tea at a Chinese restaurant, place the teapot at the edge of your table and leave the lid askew. No "excuse me" or other such nonsense is necessary. It really worked, too. One of our servers immediately noticed the empty pot and she made a beeline for our table to refresh it. It was very Pavlovian. How did I not know this?
See my previous review of 101 Noodle Express Arcadia here.
Parking: Parking at 101 Noodle Express Arcadia downright sucks. The parking lot is always full because the strip mall and the surrounding area is a popular shopping and dining district. I especially hate the dumb butt parking spaces that are marked "15 minutes" and "30 minutes", which no one can really use. Every time I've visited 101 Noodle Express, I have had to park on Arcadia Avenue.
The Bill: 20.63 USD. This meal courtesy of "PP". "PP", you're like my sugar daddy these days.
My Rating: out of four stars (very good). I think 101 Noodle Express is open for lunch and dinner every day, but you'd have to call for exact hours. CASH ONLY. www.101noodleexpress.com
Last Word: Lisa: "I still stand by my beliefs. But I can't defend what I did. I'm sorry I messed up your barbecue." Homer: "I understand honey. I used to believe in things when I was a kid. Come on, I'll give you a piggyback ... I mean a veggieback ride home." :)
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