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Jul 7, 2011 06:03 PM

Turkey Rolls At 101 Noodle Express In Fox Hills Mall

As you may have noticed, when TonyC reported earlier this afternoon that the new 101 Noodle Express had opened a few days ago, I jumped in my car and headed right to the mall. Actually, while the menu shows turkey rolls, they didn't have any when I got there, and I only mentioned turkey rolls in the heading to let you know that this is not your typical 101 Noodle Express location, as the menu is very limited and a little different from what we're used to. I was thinking 101 Noodle Express might be in the mall addition area, but in fact it's in the dining terrace f.k.a. food court. It was a little hard to find 101 Noodle Express as the signage was not conspicuous, and I in fact identified it by the menu (and the free beef roll samples). (Actually I'm kind of surprised Panda Express permitted 101 Noodle Express to open in such close proximity.) As noted, the menu is limited--beef and turkey rolls (with or without fries), dumplings, noodle soup, a few rice dishes, and a couple of salad choices. The beef rolls are comparable to what you get in the Alhambra, Arcadia, or other branches. The beef noodle soup was quite good and passes on all three elements--beef, noodles and broth. I guess if there's anything that would stop me from coming here a couple of times a week it would be the price. Three beef roll "pieces" were $6.25. When you order the beef roll in the SGV you get two rolls, each roll sliced into three pieces. I'm not sure if three Culver City pieces equalled one SGV roll, or whether perhaps it was a little more, but the three pieces plus the beef noodle soup came to $16, although you do save the tip. Besides being out of the turkey roll, they were also out of dumplings, and nobody was sure what kind of meat was inside their dumplings. One of the crew thought it might be ground beef, but since much of the crew seems to come from the hood, I wouldn't assume that was the case. This is certainly the best Chinese food the Fox Hills Mall has ever had (does anybody remember the original Chinese Buffet in the mall which was cleverly named "Chinese Buffet"?) and ranks with the Westside's best, so I hope they make a go of it.

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

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  1. Aaaah, westside inflation! Can't wait to check it out

    So is all that construction on Sepulveda in front of Fox Hills going to be going on during Carmegdon?

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    1. re: AAQjr

      I think it might, I just went through there making a Target run, what a huge PITA!! Definitely went home the opposite way. Typical for CalTrans and whomever else to screw up and delay, causing the whole area to be a huge traffic nightmare. I am not leaving my neighborhood that weekend, that is for damn sure!!

      PS - Chandavkl, please enlighten me: what is a turkey roll? Please say it doesn't involve raw turkey.....eeeewwww.

      1. re: Phurstluv

        I presume it is similar to the chicken roll you can get at the SGV branches of 101 Noodle Express. Their original chicken rolls weren't very good, but lately I've found them to be almost as good as the beef rolls.

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

        1. re: Chandavkl

          hate to press you, but I don't eat at the place so I don't know what a chicken roll is either!!

          1. re: Phurstluv

            A chicken roll is a Shandong style beef roll with chicken substituted for beef. Now as to what a Shandong beef roll is, let me defer to Jonathan Gold.


              1. re: Servorg

                thanks to both of you, SO for the visual, Chandavkl for the description. now I understand that it is more like a Chinese burrito. When I hear "roll" I tend to think more Japanese, as in sushi. Looks so good, I'd try one.

    2. Wow, what a daring location! Definitely sounds promising!

      1. $6.25 for one roll does seem a bit steep ... but please tell me they serve the crack-tastic cilantro/jalapeno/onion/whatever relish with them? Please???

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        1. re: Bradbury

          Frankly I didn't notice since I take my beef rolls plain. You do bring up a good point in that I deliberately used the word "comparable" to describe the beef rolls here, but did not say identical. The Culver City beef rolls appeared a little drier, perhaps not as oily, but with the same flavor. I'm thinking this might be a concession to WLA sensibilities, as I am sure the turkey part is.

          1. re: Bradbury

            That's pretty expensive for one roll. I was at 101 Noodle Express in Arcadia last week, and two beef rolls cost $6.99. But as long as the people are willing to buy it, I guess that's okay.

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

          2. I'm very excited about this!! Right here a mere few miles from my house, not 1/2 hour on the 10 East. Thanks to TonyC and Chandavkl for the heads up on the opening - I'll be there this weekend and report back. I do hope they have the yummy green delight to put on the beef rolls....

            1. Went the other day since I was on a late shift for work all week. Had the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup and Beef Roll. I noted several Chinese guys cooking in the Kitchen and one who seem to be the owner who while Multitasking on his cell turned to me and said "You Like?" and turned back quickly to what he was doing after I nodded yes.

              The soup was good. Westside spicy but they will offer you added chili oil if they think you can take it and I got some. The beef in it was really beefy and the amount of noodles in it was huge. I had to stir them a bit to unclump them and get the broth flowing to all parts of the mass.

              The beef roll was good but a little different. Though the flavors were there it didn't seem like it was hot off the grill so to speak. In texture, it was kinda between their beef roll and a fresh soft lavash with beef roll filing.

              I think this place will give me a reason to go to Fox Hills mall more than twice a year even though I live down the street and look forward to trying the ground pork with noodles and their dumplings. And Dommy has threatened to have lunch there every day until she gets sick of it and that may be a long ways away.

              Take care

              - P.