101 Noodle

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My roommate Meg and I celebrated the results of our Cost Management exam with a little treat at 101 Noodle Express tonight. They recently opened up a second branch in Rowland Heights which is good news for me cause the drive out there is a lot shorter! We came around 7pm on a Tuesday night and you wouldn’t believe how packed it was.

The restaurant is located in a food court along with four or five other places but 101 Noodle was the only one that was even close to being filled with customers. We were seated after a 15-minute wait that was wisely spent drooling over everyone’s food and quickly placed our order. (Note: the restaurant on the left side of the photograph is an Indonesian place – check out Elmo’s review).

You’ll be sure to spot an order of the Beef Roll ($5.99) on all the tables in the house. It’s quite nice looking, isn’t it? A flaky layered pancake is rolled around paper-thin, seriously melt in your mouth pieces of tender brisket, a dash of a thick bean sauce and plenty of cilantro and green onions. They give you six big pieces to an order – more than I could imagine finishing on my own (though I’m sure if I sat there long enough, I’d wipe the plate clean). Each bite reveals a play of crispy pancake with a chewy interior melting into slices of soft savory beef and the refreshing life of cilantro and onions. A little dip in some black vinegar helps to bring out the flavor and cut out a bit of the grease. It was on the oily side, but that’s what the big pot of tea is for!

101 Noodle Express
1388 Fullerton Road., #122
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 964-9218

10 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 1, 2006

    I would like to try that noodle thing Kathy. Have you ever gone to Dew Drop Inn? I loved their green onion pancakes.Jess

  • Chubbypanda
    November 1, 2006

    Nice! Like a cross between green onion pancake and five-spice beef.- Chubbypanda

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 2, 2006

    Hey Jess!Noooooo, man I can’t believe I haven’t gone – pooh! Shall we meet up xmas break and do some northern chinese fooding together? :)Hey Chubbypanda!Exactly – the best of both worlds! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 2, 2006

    Hey Jess!Noooooo, man I can’t believe I haven’t gone – pooh! Shall we meet up xmas break and do some northern chinese fooding together? :)Hey Chubbypanda!Exactly – the best of both worlds! :)

  • RON
    November 2, 2006

    the beef roll looks devine. How come though the sign is strictly in Chinese.

  • anonymous
    November 2, 2006

    hi kathy,i’m definitely going to get that beef roll! do they only have 8 dishes on their menu (i only see 8). how are their noodles?henry

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 2, 2006

    Hey Ron!Even their business card is in only chinese! Good thing they have english translations for the menu, hehe :)Hey Henry!They have over 50 items (the majority of them are dumplings!!! :)) but the 8 they featured on the sign are their “specialties.” Haven’t tried the noodles yet, but it’s on my must eat list!

  • anonymous
    November 3, 2006

    Hi Kathy – That looks really good….almost good enough for breakfast. We used to get the beef rolls at few take-out places ni the area – but it never looked as good as this one.

  • anonymous
    November 5, 2006

    I just went to that place this weekend! I LOVED their beef roll :) Can’t believe someone has a post on it too!

  • elmomonster
    November 7, 2006

    Yum! I gotta try that place. That beef roll looks and sounds so scrumptious!

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