The Skinny: Lucky Noodle King, sans the cheesy name, as got to have some of the best Chinese noodles I’ve ever eaten. They’re located off of Delmar in SGV(aka new Chinatown). My close friend Jesse Duron(GM of the new Miku Restaurant In Downtown LA, projected to open early summer across from the Standard Hotel) suggested that we go check the place out. He read about it on Eater LA and the place did no disappoint
The High: I ordered the Beef & Tendon Noodle soup…it was definitely super tastey. I actually think it might give sue’s Kitchen’s version a run for their money. The soup was just the right amount of heat and if you wanted to add more there was of course the Chinese hot sauce with pepper and hot oil. Jesse got the dan dan noodles which area a traditional Sichuan style of noodles. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai, 榨菜, lower enlarged mustard stem, or ya cai, 芽菜, upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles. –according to wikipedia. These noodles were some of the best I’ve ever had in my entire life! We also had the Green Onion Pancake which was a great side dish to compliment the noodles that we were eating.
The Low: Do not go here on a Hot day. We went on a day that it was near a 100 degrees out and….NO AC+HOT SOUP+SPICY = SWEATING BULLETS. Also if you get the dan dan noodles…eat that after you eat the other stuff because the flavor is so overpowering it makes everything else taste almost bland!
Would you come back? YES! I’d like to try everything there!
More info: www.luckynoodleking.com | 534 E. Valley Blvd. Suite 10, San Gabriel, CA 91776 | (626)573-5668
The Skinny: Sue’s Kitchen is a tiny hole in the wall Taiwanese restaurant found in the South Bay and I’ve been driving right pass it for the last 20 years. From what I read on Yelp, the place is known for it’s Beef Noodle Soup and the workers not speaking a lick of English. The place also serves other Taiwanese and Northern Chinese dishes….stuff I’m not familiar enough with to explain.
The Good: The Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup with Tendon I ordered was simply delicious. I’ve only had it at least 4 times in my lifetime, but I never really took a liking to it or found it to be a special treat. But for some reason, that day at Sue’s Kitchen, it just all made sense. The Beef Noodle Broth seemed tastier than usual with the Star Anise and other spices being more pronounced. There was a nice heat to everything and both the beef and tendon melted away easily in my mouth. The long noodles weren’t as thick as I had hoped, but they did have a nice bite to them. It could have been that I was just in the mood for hot Soupy Noodles on a cold rainy day, but as of now I can understand how people can be as obsessed with Beef Noodle Soup as others are with Pho.
Along with that Beef Noodle Soup, I did get a side dish of cold Pig Ears. I’m not sure why I got it, but I just felt like eating something odd. The thin slices of Pork Skin and Cartilage tasted neutral on their own with subtle reminders that I was nibbling on a Pigs Ear. If it weren’t for the Chili Oil that added another layer of flavor, I don’t think I would have continued eating it. It wasn’t bad and I kind of liked it the more I ate it.
On top of the food being good, the people working at Sue’s Kitchen were nice and they did understand English, they just couldn’t speak it well.
The Bad: Nothing really.
Would you come back? Yes! I have other stuff to try!
More Info: Yelp | 23918 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505 | (310) 539-1992 | They do accept credit now! Yelp needs to update that bit of info. | Beef Noodle Soup only cost around 6 bucks.