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South Bay noodles, soup and asian food

riverman2166 Dec 18, 2007 02:16 PM

I'm looking for really good Pho or other noodle soup in the South Bay. Also, does anyone know of a place with great Hot and Sour soup? How about in Venice, Playa del Rey, or MdR? What about good Vietnamese, Chinese or Thai places in the same areas and the South Bay? Preferably not too expensive on all of the above.

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    winemancls Dec 18, 2007 03:00 PM

    Tough questions because there's a dearth of good Asian food in the southbay. Shin-Sen-Gumi Raman in Gardena has pretty good soup and you can choose your noodles and spice levels.

    As for Venice/Pdr/Mdr, good luck there too. New Flavors on Centinela has the best Chinese food I've had recently in the area but it isn't anything to write home about. At least they deliver.

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    1. re: winemancls
      TonyC Dec 18, 2007 04:21 PM

      Uhh.. serious?

      Dearth of good Asian food? Is Torrance/Gardena/Lomita South Bay? Is Korean food not Asian? Does anyone realize there are 4 Korean beer houses within a 2 miles in Gardena? All serving tung-dalk?

      Walked by Ju Ju Shine last weekend... I think that counts as good Chinese food, no?

      1. re: winemancls
        Joe Blowe Dec 19, 2007 08:43 AM

        "...there's a dearth of good Asian food in the southbay [sic]."

        I hope you were shooting for the antonym of 'dearth'! The South Bay is chock full of some of the best Asian food in the U.S. While you can find some better examples of specific cuisines elsewhere (Chinese in the SGV, Vietnamese in the OC, etc.), you CAN NOT beat the panoply of good Asian food here...


        1. re: Joe Blowe
          b0ardkn0t Dec 19, 2007 05:32 PM

          Yes, you can. Many cities in the SGV have several of each of these ethnic cuisines-Chinese(from various regions), Taiwanese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, along with the largest ethnic grocery stores(among other institutions including banking) for most of these particular ethnicities in the LA area.

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        Clinton Dec 18, 2007 05:23 PM

        The best Chinese restaurant in the South Bay presently in my opinion is the Sea Shore Seafood Restaurant on Calle Mayor and PCH. Used to be that the PCH Restaurant was number one but has gone down in recent years. Seafood Port on Hawthorne had at one time decent food but quality has slipped. Seafood Town which is owned by the same people still maintains high standards and still rates up there. Pho Hana has good tasting noodles. For fast noodles including chow fun, Tasty Kitchen in Gardena fills the gap.

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        1. re: Clinton
          mstinawu Jan 18, 2008 06:25 PM

          I just got an ad for Sea Shore in my mail. Seems interesting. I love my salty fish fried rice, have you had theirs? Any special recommendations? Anything to avoid? Authentic or not?

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          foodhuntress Dec 18, 2007 09:18 PM

          For authentic, inexpensive Japanese ramen, I like Eboshi in Lomita (2383 Lomita Blvd). It's also in the same strip mall as the much-talked-about Gaja for okonomiaki.

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            riverman2166 Dec 18, 2007 10:13 PM

            Someone offline suggested a place called Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen in Gardena. Any thoughts about them? Thanks.

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            1. re: riverman2166
              Clinton Dec 19, 2007 07:44 AM

              Hakata Ramen is located on Redondo Beach Blvd near Gramercy. The noodles are handmade and soup stock is unique. Sometimes the line is long to get seated at peak hours but the food is good. Haven't tried the Shinsengumi location yet but I heard it was also good.

              1. re: riverman2166
                MeAndroo Dec 19, 2007 08:26 AM

                I certainly enjoy Shin sen gumi's food, though I rarely stray from the ramen/gyoza or fried rice combo. If you're looking for ramen in the south bay, I suggest searching for posts by rameniac. Or his website.

              2. SauceSupreme Dec 19, 2007 08:04 AM

                What type of noodle?

                udon = Kotohira
                ramen = Asa Ramen
                pho = Pho Hong Long

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                  zruilong Dec 19, 2007 10:40 AM

                  In addition to the recs for Shinsengumi and Pho Hong Long, both of which I second the recommendation for, I also would suggest Sue's Kitchen on Crenshaw (just north of Lomita Blvd) in Torrance. They have one of the better (if not the best) Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian in the South Bay. Their other taiwanese selections are quite tasty as well.

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