Need a new place for Chinese beef rolls... :(
Like many here, I've long been a fan of the beef rolls at 101 Noodle Express in the SGV. Sadly, on my last few visits, I've noticed that the quality has slid very far downhill. The first time, I thought maybe it was a fluke, maybe they just took exception to my shoddy Chinese language skills and decided to stint me. But after the third incident of sad, anemic, beef rolls, I have no choice but to conclude that they have decided that they no longer need to try. What were once glorious, plump rolls bursting with beef, cilantro, and that wonderful sauce, are now less than half the girth, with a single layer (barely) of beef and a mere swipe of sauce. I brought some home for my sister, and they confused her - she thought they were vegetarian at first because she couldn't detect the meat.
So on to the next place. The great thing about the SGV is that there's always something new and always someone trying to be better. So any tips out there for the next new place for beef rolls? :)
all three places are pretty much within a 50-100 yard radius. get two friends, each of you get a beef roll to go and meet & eat in the parking lot - or sit at one of the tables in front of lee's. side by side taste test.
i don't anyone else mentioned it yet, but i noticed there's a new place next to 101 to the east:
zoe cafe or cafe zoe. open til midnight during the week, 1:30 am on weekend nights.
half the menu is drinks: teas ($3.50) milk teas ($3.75) Slush/smoothie ($4.25) & other drinks.
food offerings include appetizers, fried rice, noodles & porridge, the most expensive being $7.99.
seems like a takeoff of the tea place in focus plaza whose name momentarily escapes me. i want to say tea garden.
minimum purchase: $3.25 & tax to be seated.
In no particular order:
- Tai Fung (Rowland Heights)
- Ji Rong (Rosemead)
- Flavor Garden (Alhambra)
- Huge Tree (Monterey Park)
I went to the Atlantic Blvd location about a month ago and the Valley location maybe 2 weeks ago.
The Atlantic Blvd one left much to be desired. The bing part was the problem, though, not the beef. I'm guessing it was either undercooked or had been sitting around for awhile, or maybe both.
When I went to the Valley one 2 weeks ago, the rolls were perfect and with heaping portions of beef. Maybe they're just inconsistent?
On the other hand, I went to Huge Tree 3-4 months ago, and didn't like their beef rolls at all (which is largely why I've never gone back). If I remember correctly, the problem was with the bing. Not flakey enough.