101 Noodle Express Opens In Irvine
Reporting on visit #3. Got the "Lamb mead" noodle soup which is by far the most interesting and one of my favorite bowl of noodles anywhere, including SGV. The handmade noodles once again were thick, chewy, and cooked through despite it being uneven. The various parts of lamb included tongue, liver, and kidney in addition to several cuts of meat both lean and fatty. The tongue and the kidney were awesome. The rich flavorful tongue and the slightly crunchy yet tender kidney elevated this bowl of noodle.
This time I got the yellow chives with pork dumplings, boiled. As good if not better than the potsticker version...juicier...like XLB...
Went back to 101 Noodle Express for lunch today. This time, I got the preserved vegetable and shredded pork noodles and the yellow chives with pork pan fried dumplings. Both were excellent. The preserved veggies and shredded pork noodles had cilantro and toasted garlic slices which gave it a nice flavor. The pan fried dumplings were also excellent. Mine were a bit more browned on the bottom than some of the other versions being sent out. I think this is going to be my go to dumpling and noodle place in the OC for now (along with everyone else). Service is a bit slow and haphazard even for a Chinese restaurant.
101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
Thanks for the tip. How you manage to stay on top of every restaurant opening is beyond me.
I arrived at 6:30 and already the place was packed with a 10 deep signup sheet. It was worse by the time I left.
I started with the picked cucumbers which were average.
Spicy beef noodle soup with handmade noodles was pretty good. The noodles were thick but not too thick, irregular, cooked through, and nicely chewy. The beef slices were very tender and flavorful. The broth however was the weak link. It was spicy but lacked any secondary depth or flavor.
I finished with the bok choy, shrimp, and pork dumplings. The ingredients were finely minced and it was definitely very juicy. The shrimp used was the lesser quality baby shimp. Contrary to the OC register review, the skin was thin and not the least bit gummy. I actually wish there was just slighty less filling and that the wrapper was just a touch thicker like Din Sean World. Still, pretty good and worth going back. I think the potsicker prep is the way to go here.