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Mandarin House

3074 W. Eighth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005


  • Sun 11am-9pm, Mon-Sat 11am-10pm
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Hand-pulled noodles are immeasurably better than the machine-made kind: stretchy yet supple, irregularly shaped, veritable magnets for sauce. For some reason, the vast majority of L.A. chefs skilled in noodle pulling seem to own Chinese restaurants aimed at a Korean clientele, and perhaps the best of these is Mandarin House, right in the heart of Koreatown. The kung pao shrimp may be pedestrian, but the chachiang mein, in a dense, black sauce of fermented beans and pork, is out of this world.

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    Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:30 a.m. by Jonathan Gold

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