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Eggplant Rice @ 101 Noodle

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In the category of foods that require a utensil to eat, the Eggplant Rice @ 101 Noodle is now officially my favorite plate of comfort food.

It's like this slurry of rendered down eggplant with ground meat. Sort of a Baba Ganoush meets Sloppy Joe kind of thing. It's good shit. In fact, under certain lighting angles it does look like shit.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. Thanks Ips, I'll check it out along with a beef roll later this week.

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    1. re: granadafan

      Make sure to top it off - generously if you're so inclined - with their pickled mustard green condiment (aka "suan tsai").

      Sometimes I wonder if I eat their food as a coping mechanism just to eat the pickled mustard greens ...

    2. Is this something commonly served at other Chinese cafes? I feel like I've had this b/f in some way shape or form, but not at 101 Noodle Express....

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      1. re: ilysla

        Usually in one variation or another. The most typical is just plain "Minced Meat with Rice".

      2. Classic Ipse post. Cracked me up.

        1. I tried this today and I'm not nearly as enamored with it as Ipse is. The meat (pork) was not ground in mine but was relatively thinly sliced pieces. I'll go on record as saying that this is an acquired taste and that most western palates won't care for the site, texture or taste of it. I finished mine however, it's back to beef rolls, dumplings and lamb sticks for me.

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          1. re: JAB

            That's too bad. Odd, but I've never had it with sliced pork.

            It is, however, definitely an acquired taste -- visually and on the palate.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Valley Blvd. location?

              1. re: JAB

                Yup.