101 Noodle Express

1408 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
101 Noodle Express

Photo by Anne Fishbein


  • Daily, 11-1 a.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted
In this bleak mini-mall storefront next to a bowling alley, everybody orders a lovely if orthodox bowl of hot-sour soup, and a tan, wrinkly specialty called De Zhou chicken. But mostly, this is home to the Shandong-style beef roll, a massive, bronzed construction that commands the platter — brawny Chinese pancakes rolled around slivers of stewed beef and seasoned with a sprinkling of chopped scallion tops and fresh cilantro. The inside of the roll is smeared with a sweet, house-made bean paste with an ethereal, almost transparent top note, a bean paste that bears the same relationship to ordinary hoisin sauce that a fine demi-glace might to canned brown gravy. It is a simple composition raised to a transcendent level.

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