Anyone know some good beef noodle soup places in LA? I've been to several places and here is what I think about them. if you've been to these places and have better recommendations, please let me know.
Here is how I rate my beef noodle soup...
1) Broth - broth is very important to me, I'd rather have good broth and not so great noodles. The broth makes the beef noodle soup. Good broth is essential. Should be hot, spicy, deep in flavor, never too salty, and zesty. With every spoonful of the broth it should make you want to take another.
2) Noodles - hand made noodles are usually better, noodles should have a chewy consistency, never soggy or too soft. Noodles come in all shapes in sizes but should require a little bit of chewing.
3) Beef - should be tender and fall apart, fat and soft tendons are never a bad thing.
The gold standard in terms of beef noodle soup for me that isn't in taiwan or china has been, of all places, Noodle Asia in the Venetian Hotel in Vegas (I know there is probably better out there). They have perfectly spicy and pickly broth and good noodles and tender beef. However, beef noodle soup should not be $14, the bowl should not be that small, and the best beef noodle soup should not come from a casino in Vegas.
Heavy Noodling (Monterey Park)- interesting "pigs ear" handmade noodles, didn't care for the broth. The handmade noodles reminded me a little too much of Korean dduk. The broth should have been a little stronger to balance the abundancve of starch in the bowl.
Mandarin Noodle House - average broth, average noodles, average beef... just average but not bad
Noodle King - Place is a kind of whole in the wall place. It's in the same strip mall as the Lee's Sandwiches in Alhambra. Out of the few places that I've gone, this place has the best broth. They give you a side of preserved/pickled veggies that add a nice zestiness to the soup. However, the noodles are average at best, not handmade. You'd think that Noodle King would have good noodles. All in all, this is my current favorite place to get beef noodle soup because of the broth. If only the noodles were handmade.
Beacon - Beacon doesn't have a beef noodle soup and isn't your traditional place to get soup noodles. However, I'm adding it because i feel that the braised pork belly noodles reminds me of beef noodle soup. The broth is very tasty but at times a little too strong. The braised porked belly is delicious. The noodles are pretty good. This would be my top replacement for beef noodle soup if I didn't eat beef.