The One about 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra

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If you ever go to San Gabriel Valley, you will find many delicious restaurants typically targeted towards a Chinese demographic.

One of the restaurants that I recommend is 101 Noodle Express, known for its beef rolls, hand-stretched noodles and a variety of delicious dumplings which you can get boiled, steamed or fried.

The restaurant’s beginnings took place several years ago, specializing in their popular De Zhou chicken, their beef roll and dumplings.

With restaurants in Monterey Park, Alhambra, Arcadia, Culver City and Irvine, we were craving for the famous beef roll.

The first thing we started off with the leek shrimp pork fried dumpling.  You get ten pieces for about $9.49.

The dumplings were were absolutely juicy and delicious.

Of course, what we were waiting for was their famous “Beef Roll”.  Constructed with their crispy pancakes wrapped around simmered beef, veggie combo and their special sauce, the beef roll was absolutely delicious and worth traveling to try.  And it’s a pretty good price for $8.50.  And you can get beef, chicken and pork.  And if you aren’t wanting a roll, then try their house pan fried cake, green onion pang cake, leek & egg omelette or home style cake.

While some may call it the Chinese burrito, the “Beef Roll” features a Chinese scallion pancake with slow-braised beef, scallions, cilantro and rolled up for ultimate deliciousness. It does take a while to prepare, so don’t expect to come during half hour of your lunchtime and expect something quick. Good things come for those who can wait, so no need for the rush. Come when you have the time to spare.

While its debated whether its a Chinese invention or a California invention, what is known is that the “Beef Roll” is becoming popular and everyone is starting to hear about them and wanting to try them all over the state.

101 Noodle Express is best known for them and their dumplings. And needless to say, I absolutely loved the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express.

In San Francisco, you’ll find places like Dong Bei Mama, Taste of Shandong -Alice Chinese Bistro, Lai Hong Lounge and House of Pancakes.   In the North Bay, you have Gum Kuo Restaurant, Yi Yuan Szechuan and the South Bay, you have Jenny’s Kitchen, Liang’s Village Cuisine and many other places.

In Southern California, in Los Angeles, you have other competitive restaurants such as Tai Fuing, Flavor Garden, Mama’s Kitchen, Easy Earthen, Huge Tree and Ji Rong.

While its debated whether its a Chinese invention or a California invention, what is known is that the “Beef Roll” is becoming popular and everyone is starting to learn and try them all over the state.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express.

And I look forward to trying others in different areas of California to see which is the best!

It’s important to note that parking was easy, customer service was good on the Sunday lunch time that we went. Place was packed but we were able to get seating easily.

Overall, if you want to try their popular beef rolls or dumplings, definitely give 101 Noodle Express a try!



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Dennis A. Amith