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Discokill May 29, 2014 09:24 AM

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

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  1. JAB RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 09:30 AM

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

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      chrishei RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 10:11 AM


      1. Ciao Bob RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 10:14 AM

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

        1. Chandavkl RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 12:12 PM

          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
            Porthos RE: Chandavkl May 29, 2014 12:33 PM

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

            1. re: Porthos
              Chandavkl RE: Porthos May 29, 2014 01:21 PM

              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
                chrishei RE: Chandavkl May 29, 2014 01:38 PM

                +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
                  Ciao Bob RE: chrishei May 29, 2014 02:05 PM

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

                2. re: Chandavkl
                  Mr Taster RE: Chandavkl May 29, 2014 03:28 PM

                  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
                    Chandavkl RE: Mr Taster May 29, 2014 07:21 PM

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

              2. re: Chandavkl
                chowseeker1999 RE: Chandavkl May 29, 2014 01:57 PM

                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.

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                  ipsedixit RE: chowseeker1999 May 29, 2014 02:33 PM

                  Did they ever?

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    JAB RE: ipsedixit May 29, 2014 03:29 PM

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

              3. Discokill RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 03:12 PM

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

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                  ElsieDee RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 03:25 PM

                  How was it and what did you have?

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                    Discokill RE: ElsieDee May 29, 2014 05:20 PM

                    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.

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                      Ernie RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 05:55 PM

                      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

                2. J.L. RE: Discokill May 29, 2014 06:27 PM

                  What?! No love for the Fox Hills location?!

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                    BacoMan RE: J.L. May 30, 2014 03:12 AM

                    Is the Irvine location any good?

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                      subal RE: BacoMan May 30, 2014 11:00 PM

                      Was there two months ago and it was good.
                      Dan dan, pork dumplings

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                        Chandavkl RE: BacoMan May 30, 2014 11:16 PM

                        Well, if the central kitchen theory holds it should be. Was in the same shopping center as the Irvine branch this week and they were totally packed with people waiting to get in.

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