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101 noodle express

Is there a consensus on which location in sgv is the best? Heading there for lunch today. Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been to Arcadia but, Alhambra over Monterey Park for sure.

      1. Consensus - here? You have come to the wrong place!
        But the right place to go is the one on Valley in Alhambra.

        1. Anybody understand this quote from the 101 Noodle Express website, particularly since they have five locations?

          "Now, apart from the three venues, 101 Noodle Express boasts a central, factory-like kitchen to secure quality control of its franchises."

          I'm thinking that this was written before they opened up Monterey Park and Fox Hills.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            I assumed this meant stuff was made at the factory and shipped to the individual locations (eg. Dumplings).

            1. re: Porthos

              I know the Fox Hills beef roll seems the same as the SGV version. On the other hand, the Fox Hills beef noodle soup isn't very good.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                +1 x 2. Beef roll is pretty much the same. Beef noodle soup is TERRIBLE - like it was made with bouillon cubes with 1-2 sad pcs. of beef.

                1. re: chrishei

                  And the dumplings were very different about a year ago - have not been back.

                2. re: Chandavkl

                  When I tried the beef roll at Fox Hills shortly after opening, it was considerably smaller and more expensive.

                  Sounds like things have changed?

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    Definitely. You now get a full beef roll order, and I believe the price is comparable to Alhambra.

              2. re: Chandavkl

                hi chandav,

                doesn't that imply that 101 no longer hand makes their dumplings fresh to order at each location? this makes it sound like they make huge batches, freeze it and pass them along throughout the weeks to various branches.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    They certainly don't try to hide the freezer in the dining area in Alhambra.

              3. Alhambra it was. Cross another off the must try list. Thanks all!

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                  1. re: ElsieDee

                    Very good, definitely worth the trip and as my first non dim sum foray into SGV a good precursor to trying other places in the future. Got the beef roll (of course) which lived up to its billing. One of the Dan Dan noodles - forget which one - which wasn't instantly spectacular but by the end I was thankful I didn't live nearby or else I'd eat it once a week. Also got the shrimp dumplings and pan fried pork ones both were good though I'd imagine better ones can be found elsewhere.

                    1. re: Discokill

                      I know exactly what you mean about their dan dan noodles. The first time I tried them there wasn't too fond, but now I crave them regularly