10 Best Handmade Chinese Noodle Restaurants in Los Angeles
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China Islamic, with its mirrored walls and dark wooden chairs, serves up cuisine from Xinjiang -- a northwestern province in China known for its Muslim influences. (That's owing to the area's geographic proximity to Arab countries.) The dao xiao mian can get a bit heavy, so bring a couple of friends. Be sure to venture onto the other menu items, like the lamb hot pot and green onion lamb. As for the knife-cut noodles, the sauteed versions are a saucy mixture of the meat of your choice, plus bean sprouts and cabbage. The noodle texture is sufficiently "Q," and the restaurant is one of the few places in Los Angeles where you can see a good number of Indians, Arabs and Chinese dining under the same roof. All the meat is halal. 7727 E. Garvey Ave., Rosemead; 626-288-4246.
6. Omar's Xinjiang Halal:
Anne Fishbein Omar's hand-pulled noodles
Omar's specializes in Islamic Uighur cooking, with a heavily lamb-centric menu. (Pair the hand-pulled noodles with a lamb kebab, and you'll have a hearty meal that will have you wishing you'd worn bigger pants.) It's the texture of the noodles that keep patrons coming back. Their chewiness is a reflection of the effort the chefs put in to knead the flour and stretch it before cooking. The hand-pulled noodles go for $12.95 -- a large enough portion to comfortably feed three. 1718 New Ave., San Gabriel; 626-570-9778.
5. Mandarin Deli:
Clarissa Wei Beef noodle soup
The management at Mandarin Deli comes from Northern China and makes one of the most memorable dao xiao mian in the area. The beef noodle soup ($5.95) is a combination of tender beef cubes, scallions and pickled radishes in a fragrant soup base. Mandarin Deli definitely attracts an older crowd of Chinese immigrants, but it's a no-frills, cheap restaurant managed by a sweet lady by the name of Ms. Miao and owned by a Mr. Tsang. The noodles, from $5 to $7, are on the thicker side of the knife-cut noodle spectrum. Cash only. 728 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park; 626-289-2891.
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250 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA