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Interesting Version of Beef Roll at 4 5 6 Restaurant on Mott Street

Chandavkl Apr 18, 2011 03:39 PM

For those of you familiar with the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express in the San Gabriel Valley (and any number of other restaurants in the SGV), an interesting variation is on the menu at 4 5 6 Restaurant at 69 Mott St. It is innocuously described as "Scallion Pancake w. Egg & Sliced Beef", but it's the infamous beef roll, with its layers of seasoned sliced beef, but with a twist. The wrapper has been coated with egg and then pan fried. It's not as good as the 101 Noodle Express beef roll, but it is nevertheless quite tasty.

456 Shanghai Cuisine
69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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    Peter Cherches RE: Chandavkl May 24, 2011 11:15 AM

    I love 456, and I'm actually going back tonight, but I found that item rather dry and lacking in flavor. I love the version at that xiaolongbao place in Flushing (blanking out on the name).


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      Chandavkl RE: Peter Cherches May 24, 2011 02:48 PM

      Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao? The beef roll is ubiquitous in the L.A. area, but doesn't appear to be very common in New York. I think adding the egg is a net minus to the flavor,as the plain version is typically extremely flavorful, but I did find the 456 version interesting.

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      FoodDabbler RE: Chandavkl May 24, 2011 05:36 PM

      Is the wrapper coated on both sides with egg, or just one (sort of like having an omelet stuck onto one surface of the pancake)?

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        Chandavkl RE: FoodDabbler May 25, 2011 09:20 AM

        The whole thing is cooked in egg.

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          FoodDabbler RE: Chandavkl May 25, 2011 02:08 PM

          Thanks. I asked because egg on just one side would have made it very much like a Frankie, a street food in Bombay. Some Kati rolls are also made that way.

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        Oliverstreet RE: Chandavkl May 26, 2011 08:47 AM

        Is this 456 new? There was a 456 Restaurant in Chinatown we used to visit when I was a kid (almost 30 years ago), but it closed before I moved to NYC. I'm wondering if this place is in any way related.

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          scoopG RE: Oliverstreet May 26, 2011 10:37 AM

          They claim lineage to the former 456.

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            Peter Cherches RE: scoopG May 26, 2011 04:38 PM

            Supposedly the grandson of the original owner. I used to go to the original as a teenager.

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              scoopG RE: Peter Cherches May 27, 2011 01:57 PM

              That's right Peter, that is what I heard too with some of the original recipes handed down.

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          metaphora RE: Chandavkl Oct 18, 2011 01:36 PM

          Thanks for pointing this out. I used to eat regularly at 101 Noodle Express and have been pining for an equivalent here in Manhattan. Going to head over there tomorrow to check it out. Any other recs for getting my beef roll fix in Manhattan?

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            Chandavkl RE: metaphora Oct 18, 2011 05:19 PM

            Paging Lau! Every find anything else in NY, or do you just stock up when you come to LA?

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