The Noodle Man

The Noodle Man
6870 S Rainbow Blvd #101
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 823-3333

Chinese noodles and dumplings. I can live off of Chinese noodles and dumplings all day every day. That’s why literally workings steps away from The Noodle Man makes me giddy. Combine those said noodles and dumplings with some spiciness, even better! I think for our generation the flavors here are delicious and just enough flavor and the price isn’t too bad. For people my parent’s age, it might be the opposite, so be careful when you bring your parents.


spicy pork wontons hot & spicy noodle pork potstickers

4/5 beeps!

Mak’s Noodles: “Song”

Mak’s Noodle
7 Wellington Street Hong Kong
(On north side of the street, 2 minutes east of Cochrane St)

Another famous noodle place for dumplings, noodles and beef brisket, but since we already had tender brisket at Kau Kee, we went with dumplings and wontons. “Song, Song, Song!” So, in Cantonese, the adjective “song” to describe the food consistency that is bouncy/chewy and possibly almost crunchy depending on the item (i.e. noodles, shrimp, dumplings, etc.), and the items at Mak’s were just that. The noodles here were cooked just right – not soggy. The dumplings and wontons were tasty.

Mak's Noodles

Sui Jiao (Dumplings) Egg Noodles and Oyster Sauce Wonton Noodles

Menu

$ to Value Ratio: 5/5 Beeps, around 50 HKD.
Yummy Factor: 4.75/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 5/5 Beeps
Average beeps: 4.92 Beeps

Conclusion: Good noodles. Good dumplings.

[CFG Hong Kong Dining Tips: 1. Be ready to share a table with strangers. 2. Don’t expect to make “small talk” with the stranger – they might look at you weirdly. 3. Don’t idle. Make your decision quickly. 4. Be ready to pay up and get out. Most casual restaurants you pay at the cashier when you’re done, unless you’re somewhere fancy. In that case, once the check is delivered, they will stand there and wait for you to pay, so be ready to pay as they stare at you (yes, awkward for us Gui Lo’s). 5. Don’t expect friendly service. Just efficient Service. They might just bark at you, but don’t take it personally. The cashier might throw change at you, but I wouldn’t take that personally either. They’re just trying to get you out the door for more business to come in. “Mo Juo Zhu Sai lah!!” – Don’t get in the way.]

Tender Brisket

Kau Kee Restaurant
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
(aka 3 min walk from Aberdeen, north/right side of Gough, GROUND FLOOR)

Sign Menu

I was adamant about hitting hot spots for food this visit, and Kau Kee Restaurant is known for their Beef Brisket noodles (ngau nam min or fun). Plopped down with some strangers luckily with another couple who was from the US, so somehow didn’t seem as awkward. (However, they seemed to be following rule #2: don’t talk with the people sharing your table even though we were gui lo’s from the same country. So no small talk during this meal either.)

So we had the beef brisket with yi min and also had it stir fried with yi min (sorry no picture for the yi min, had to adhere to rule #3 of not idling.) The beef was tender. The soup was clear and full flavored. The yi min and brisket was tasty, too. We added a splash of red vinegar on both and it enhanced the wonderful beefy flavors even more.

Beef Brisket and Yi Mian

$ to Value Ratio: 5/5 Beeps, again around 50-60 HKD. CHEAP!!
Yummy Factor: 5/5 Beeps (Salty Deliciousness)
Texture Satisfaction: 5/5 Beeps
Average beeps: 5 Beeps

Conclusion: Hearty and beefy. Try it.

[CFG Hong Kong Dining Tips: 1. Be ready to share a table with strangers. 2. Don’t expect to make “small talk” with the stranger – they might look at you weirdly. 3. Don’t idle. Make your decision quickly. 4. Be ready to pay up and get out. Most casual restaurants you pay at the cashier when you’re done, unless you’re somewhere fancy. In that case, once the check is delivered, they will stand there and wait for you to pay, so be ready to pay as they stare at you (yes, awkward for us Gui Lo’s). 5. Don’t expect friendly service. Just efficient Service. They might just bark at you, but don’t take it personally. The cashier might throw change at you, but I wouldn’t take that personally either. They’re just trying to get you out the door for more business to come in. “Mo Juo Zhu Sai lah!!” – Don’t get in the way. 6. Oh yea, it is customary to NOT tip unless already automatically added on.]

Siu Yeh!

Phoenix
220 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91804
(626) 299-1918

Tonight we needed a late night snack or Siu Yeh in Cantonese, so we decided to head to Phoenix because they are open late. We decided to have something savory tonight, which lead me to conclude that I mainly love Phoenix for its dessert menu. They have so many locations, so it made it easy to just drop by of them because we’re always hanging around alhambra area anyway.

Among my favorites are –
1. deep fried man tou with condensed milk – Love this stuff! Crispy bun with creamy condensed milk dip!
2. taro tapioca desserts
3. super caffeinated milk teas and milk tea combinations. They make me so jazzed up that I crash into a super anxious depressed slump but it’s so worth it.
4. Grass jelly tapioca drink – the grass jelly is always fun to bite into
5. Mixed fruit tapioca drinks – sweet and refreshing

Could use more work-
1. All of their savory dishes come out just average. The house fried noodle that we tried lacked that special x-factor from the wok.
2. The mochi’s – mochi too soft and not chewy enough
3. The egg tarts – the crust both cookie or flaky never made well

Conclusion: Overall, fantastic for a hang out for yummy dessert and drinks. The savory foods are not at the top of my yummy list. 3/5 beeps

Oodles of Noodles

Noodle Cafe
441 West Garvey Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754-1632
(626) 307-8849

Food nostalgia. This hot bowl of chiu chow fun guo/Chaozhou fun guo/noodles brings me back to childhood and our road trips to california. Dad would always insist on stopping a noodle place that served this kind of noodle for breakfast. I wasn’t about to argue about having a delicious bowl of noodles, and this bowl at Noodle Cafe did bring me back to my lil’ chubby self. Seafoody broth, fresh shrimp, some cubes of pork blood and oodles of noodles. I let the bf choose his own type of noodles and he was disappointed that it was not as good as mine. Aweeee…

Chiu Chow Seafood Noodle by cravingsofafatgirl Beef Noodle by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Mmmmm bueno. 4/5 beeps for hole in the wall comfort food. I will upgrade to 5 on subsequent visits for consistency, but according to yelp, I think they got it.

Thanksgiving nom nom’s

Fat Girl’s Thanksgiving 2008 Food Adventures…. (minus BIMI which is closed on sunday! i was going to try a new restaurant…. *whine…) anyhoo. oldies but goodies (Class 302, Echigo, Din Tai Fung, Sapp Coffee Shop) always hits the spot – lots of noodles and chinese breakfast items + one newbie (Yung Ho Restaurant)

Class 302 – oh boy. tho i’ve never had metal boxed lunches, but sitting in an old school chinese classroom replica and in cute little wooden desks brought feelings of nostalgiat that i shouldn’t have, strange feeling, but tasty!! sorry… i was so huungry i forgot to take pictures! next time, i promise. the box lunch i had had crispy chicken roll (ji juen), chinese sausage, and minced pork and pickled veggies.
1015 S. Nogales St, #125
Rowland Heights CA 91748

Echigo click for old post. and pics. winner winner as usual or as I like to say “weener!”. “crab hand roll.” do i need to say more?
12217 Santa Monica Blvd #201
Los Angeles CA 90025

Yung Ho – known for decent chinese breakfast, dou jiang, you tiao, etc. etc. it was decently yummy. we had onion pancake/cong you bing, beef noodle/hong xiao niu rou mian, sweet soy milk and xiao bing
533 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91778

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Din Tai Fung – yea baby! juicy pork dumplings. you know this texture whore luvs it. the thin hand rolled skin. the juicy pork filling. the hot broth that squirts out of the dumpling! omgoodness nom nom’s
1108 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia CA 91007

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Sapp Coffee Shop – anthony bourdain likes it. i like it. my thai friend likes it. winner? i think so! flavor burst of noodles and beef beefy spicy goodness. i think the broth is so precious that they give you just enough to cover the noodles and meat. i slurped up everything. EVERYTHING.
5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90027

thai boat noodles!

Texture Whore Strikes, again!

So for my halloween weekend food adventures in so cal…. =)

Went to Earthen in Rowland Heights for beef noodle soup (hong xiao niu rou mian), onion pancake (cong you bing) and pork dumplings (zhu rou sui jiao).  chewy, soupy, tasty, Nom nom nom nom nom….
(626) 964-1570
1639 S Azusa Ave
Hacienda Heights CA 91745

Went to Phoenix for grass jelly and tapioca drink.  chewy, refreshing, sweet, tasty…. slurp slurp slurp…
1709 Nogales St.
Rowland Heights Califonia

Went to Sanuki no Sato for fresh hand made udon Zaru style!  chewy, chilled, perfectly cooked udon.  NOM NOM NOM NOM!
(310) 324-9184
18206 S. Western Ave
Gardena CA 90248

Earthen Beef Noodles! Earthen - close up of beef noodles Earthen - onion pancake Earthen - pork dumplings grass jelly and tapioca drink sanuki no sato Sanuki no Sato