We went to Dumpling House to try the zha zhang mian after the earlier thread on this restaurant. We were motivated by the hand-pulled noodles, although some have disputed.
This is a Chinese-Korean restaurant, which means that it cooks Chinese food with Korean influence and has specialty dishes only found in this types of restaurants.
We ordered the following:
zha zhang mian (Noodles with Brown Sauce) - We both felt that this is the best zha zhang mian we have had in LA. Some have disputed whether the noodles are hand-pulled even though the menu states they are home-made. We had no reason to doubt it. My Korean wife said that they were a little thinner then she expected because it takes a lot of time to get the noodles this thin. She could not tell whether they were hand-pulled, but they were definitely very fresh. We both enjoyed the thickness in the sauce compared to other K-town restaurants including Youngking, Shin Peking, and the Galleria. I also enjoyed the little sweetness that has been missing in the other sauces. I believe the other places uses a bit too much oil(?).
jeen man du (Steam Dumpling, Pork w/Veg) - Too soft and a little bland. We wouldn't recommend them.
mee yok guk (Seaweed with Beef Soup) - I enjoyed the soup more than my wife. This added lightness to the heaviness of noodles. My wife felt it was a little off.
Overall, we felt it was worth the trip from Culver City. My wife said that if the restaurant was closer, we would be going to this restaurant all the time for the zha zhang mian. I suspect we'll be making pilgrimages in the future.
Thank you Hounds for the tip.
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