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david kaplan Mar 12, 2011 10:59 AM

Following up on an older post <http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603319> I'm looking for any new suggestions or updates. My constraints are a little tight: Monday late lunch in the Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, or OC airport areas. Unfortunately Anaheim, Garden Grove, and other chow-deep parts of Orange County are too far for me this time.

My leading contender is to go back to Santouka ramen in Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa. I'd jump at trying Taiwanese beef noodle soup, stir-fried dao xiao mian (knife-shaved noodles), hand-pulled noodles, pad kee mao, or other types of handmade noodles at someplace I haven't tried -- but Santouka is a happy back-up. Where do you recommend? Thanks very much.

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  1. Chandavkl RE: david kaplan Mar 12, 2011 03:02 PM

    Santouka, hands down.

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      david kaplan RE: Chandavkl Mar 15, 2011 06:56 AM

      I did end up at Santouka, very happily. The bonus of Santouka is Mitsuwa market, so I was able to have a little sashimi before my ramen. Next time, Lotus Chinese Eatery. Thanks.

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      Santouka
      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      Lotus Chinese Eatery
      16883 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    2. Chandavkl RE: david kaplan Mar 13, 2011 04:40 PM

      Forgot Fountain Valley was within your range. You might try the Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen in Fountain Valley (18315 Brookhurst). Some people prefer it to Santouka.

      1. Das Ubergeek RE: david kaplan Mar 13, 2011 07:53 PM

        Dao xiao mian are available at Lotus Chinese Eatery (it's Chinese Islamic) on Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach.

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        Lotus Chinese Eatery
        16883 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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          Porthos RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 14, 2011 09:27 AM

          How is Lotus Chinese Eatery btw? Anythig good besides the dao xiao mien?

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          Lotus Chinese Eatery
          16883 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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            Das Ubergeek RE: Porthos Mar 14, 2011 09:54 AM

            It's not as good as Mas Islamic, but their breads are good, the lamb dishes (especially with suancai) is good, and they do a good chicken sa-cha.

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              Porthos RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2011 09:01 PM

              Just had dinner at Lotus Chinese Eatery. Got the lamb stew and the dao xiao mian. Went with the spicy assorted seafood noodle soup aka chao ma mian. The noodles themselves were just as good if not better than many dao xiao noodles in SGV. They were more even so you don't have large strips of uncooked dough and thin overcooked ones. These were thinner ribbons and more evenly cut which resulted in a nicer bowl of noodles than your average dao xiao place. The soup itself was also as good as any chao ma mian version in SGV. It's not as good as my gold standard--China Point in Rancho Cucamonga with its handpulled noodles and deeply flavorful broth made from the frying of dried red chiles in oil--but it was as good as any version I've had in SGV.

              Lamb stew (large casserole of soup) was also excellent. Tasty flavorful lamb, with napa cabbage, tofu, and vermicelli noodles. I wish it had more lamb but the broth was flavorful. I'd get it again.

              I'm pleasantly surprised to find such good renditions down here.

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              Lotus Chinese Eatery
              16883 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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                adamclyde RE: Porthos Mar 16, 2011 05:55 AM

                That I live a 10 minute bike ride from Lotus Chinese Eatery makes this rosy report so welcoming.... Need to get there this week.

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                Lotus Chinese Eatery
                16883 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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