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101 Noodle Express Opens In Irvine

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Per the Orange County Register. In the former Nice Time Deli space in the shopping center at Jeffrey and Walnut.

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101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Nice Time Deli
5408 Walnut Ave Ste A, Irvine, CA 92604

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  1. Been open a few weeks. Service is very slow. Food is the same; good dumplings, great beef roll.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I got confused the other day and thought that Noodle House opened in Irvine. I am pretty sure I was confused with 101 Noodle Express. Do you know if I am losing my mind or did Noodle House also open up in Irvine?

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      101 Noodle Express
      1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

      1. re: js76wisco

        If you mean the Taipei noodle shop with the fancy noodles, no, it opens in July.

    2. A nice review with pics, was included in that OC Register story.

      http://foodfrenzy.ocregister.com/2011...

      1. This seems promising for the upcoming Culver City outpost at Fox Hills Mall. Though Dommy fears she will have to have a beef roll for lunch everyday when it opens.

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          And this is a problem how?

        2. 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.

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          1. re: Porthos

            Cash only, like the other locations?

            1. re: reality check

              Cash only.

            2. re: Porthos

              Actually I was wondering how you kept track of LA, SF, NY, Miami and who knows where else?

              1. re: Chandavkl

                I lived in each of those cities :)

                What's your secret?

                1. re: Porthos

                  I seldom eat at a restaurant more than once and try to drive the major thoroughfares at periodic intervals. Sufficient recurring business travel helps me on top of SF and NY.

            3. 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.

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              101 Noodle Express
              1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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              1. re: Porthos

                I don't find any of their noodles to be good. But, their dumplings and beef and pork rolls are great.

                1. re: reality check

                  Really? Love the chewy irreglar texture. Did you get the handmade ones or the machine made ones?

                  1. re: Porthos

                    If you like the chew, irregular texture of handmade (rolled, not pulled) noodles, try the niou rou mien at Canton Bakery and Gourmet aka Beijing Pie House.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7634...

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                    Beijing Pie House
                    846 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I need an OC rec. Otherwise, if I'm in that area, I get sucked into Dean Sean World or JYTH.

                      1. re: Porthos

                        It's worth the detour, esp. if you try some of the other stuff on the menu like the "xian bing".

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/745506

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Xian bing looks good. I'm not sure you calling the noodles "pedestrian" is convincing me to forego the lamb noodles at JYTH.

              2. 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...