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Shaanxi Gourmet Opens Up in Las Vegas

Chandavkl Dec 11, 2012 12:46 PM

If you took a poll of Los Angeles area Chowhounds, quite possibly the winner for most significant Chinese restaurant opening in the past couple years would be that of Shaanxi Gourmet. Shaanxi Gourmet has brought a new regional style of cuisine to us, and made such an immediate splash that it was quickly picked up by the mainstream food media. Still it has stayed true to its original roots, such that I believe there still is no English language menu there. Shaanxi Gourmet has just opened up at 3400 Jones Blvd., #16. It does not have the full menu that the Rosemead location has (I was told about half the menu), and like Rosemead there is no English language menu. I presume they do have their signature noodle, lamb, and Chinese pita bread dishes.

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    Dave Feldman May 11, 2013 02:18 PM

    I'm a believer. Had a simple lunch of the cold boiled noodles in hot chili oil and the cumin lamb sandwich. I'm not sure I've ever had more luxurious boiled noodles before -- the texture was superb. A very filling, carb-heavy lunch, for $8. I'm looking forward to diving in more in the future.

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      mucho gordo May 11, 2013 03:06 PM

      Lamb sandwich sounds fantastic. I hate to appear ignorant but, what do they use for bread?

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        Dave Feldman May 12, 2013 01:05 AM

        It looks a little like a thicker pita bread. In Xian, as I understand it, noodles and bread are the staple carbs -- rice, not so much.

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          QAW May 12, 2013 07:26 AM

          Although we are nearing summer now, and will unfortunately top 100 degrees next week, when the weather cools a bit a great way to enjoy Shaanxi is to put those noodles and lamb together - their lamb noodle soup brings a great depth of flavor, ideal to warm up on a cool day. Alas, we may have to wait until November or so for our next bowl...

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            mucho gordo May 12, 2013 09:07 AM

            I was thinking it's more like the thin crepe used for moo shu (sp)

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            justbeingpolite May 12, 2013 11:34 AM

            Probably something like this:

             
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              Chandavkl May 12, 2013 12:37 PM

              Yes, flatbread seems to be the general choice for lamb burgers

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          QAW Jan 29, 2013 08:04 AM

          Can not verify about how good this is without having tried it, but here is something that could be a nice little help with places like Shannxi - http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/25/tran... .

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            daantaat Dec 19, 2012 11:01 PM

            has anyone been here yet?

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              Chandavkl Dec 20, 2012 08:47 PM

              Well the L.A. location is great. Only tried the cold table at the Las Vegas location which was good.

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                daantaat Dec 20, 2012 09:26 PM

                good to know the cold table was good. some locals I know deemed it "horrible" but could not articulate why they thought it was so bad, other than "what Chinese restaurant doesn't serve rice," forgetting that this is Northern/Western Chinese cuisine, so noodles and bread/naan/Chinese pita would be the carb, not necessarily rice.

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                  Chandavkl Dec 21, 2012 08:51 AM

                  Despite its renown Shaanxi Gourmet isn't for everybody. Some LA people have been underwhelmed since as you point out this is an entirely different style of cuisine.

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                    daantaat Dec 21, 2012 08:05 PM

                    by any chance, will the waitstaff help w/ translation?

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                      Chandavkl Dec 22, 2012 08:18 AM

                      Girl behind counter (cashier) speaks good English. Some of the others don't.

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                        daantaat Dec 22, 2012 08:18 PM

                        thanks! I'll report back if we manage to make it there.

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              daantaat Dec 12, 2012 10:47 PM

              ok, I know exactly where it is.

              I'd say this area has become a food destination. Taiwan Deli, aka Champion Noodle House, is across the street.

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                QAW Dec 12, 2012 02:49 PM

                OK Chowhounders, how about a little help. As mentioned above, there is not a menu in English yet. So any insights on these offerings would be appreciated (Hope the photos are legible). It is a classy looking space.

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  Chandavkl Dec 12, 2012 07:49 PM

                  Well the highlights from the L.A. menu are detailed by Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold.

                  http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

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                    BuildingMyBento Dec 20, 2012 09:34 PM

                    I don't have time to look over it now, but 馕饼 nangbing is a type of puffy bread, popular in Xinjiang (a Muslim region in northwest China) but also in Shaanxi. Also, 肉夹馍 roujiamo is a cumin'd lamb sandwich, sometimes with carrots, onions and capsicum, oops bell peppers.
                    Vague hint: 肉 rou means meat. Often the standard 肉 is pork, but with a significant Muslim minority in Shaanxi, lamb sounds more likely.

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                    daantaat Dec 11, 2012 10:18 PM

                    can you verfy that it is on Jones Blvd and not 3447 Red Rock St (which is what Yelp lists)?

                    TIA

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                      Chandavkl Dec 11, 2012 10:20 PM

                      Yes it's in the same shopping center as China Mama, Asian Noodle, etc.

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                        Dave Feldman Dec 12, 2012 08:55 PM

                        It's also the same mall as Chada Thai. What a food destination this mall has become.

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                      daantaat Dec 11, 2012 10:13 PM

                      thanks for the tip! I think we'll be checking this out in a few weeks!

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