As you may have noticed, when TonyC reported earlier this afternoon that the new 101 Noodle Express had opened a few days ago, I jumped in my car and headed right to the mall. Actually, while the menu shows turkey rolls, they didn't have any when I got there, and I only mentioned turkey rolls in the heading to let you know that this is not your typical 101 Noodle Express location, as the menu is very limited and a little different from what we're used to. I was thinking 101 Noodle Express might be in the mall addition area, but in fact it's in the dining terrace f.k.a. food court. It was a little hard to find 101 Noodle Express as the signage was not conspicuous, and I in fact identified it by the menu (and the free beef roll samples). (Actually I'm kind of surprised Panda Express permitted 101 Noodle Express to open in such close proximity.) As noted, the menu is limited--beef and turkey rolls (with or without fries), dumplings, noodle soup, a few rice dishes, and a couple of salad choices. The beef rolls are comparable to what you get in the Alhambra, Arcadia, or other branches. The beef noodle soup was quite good and passes on all three elements--beef, noodles and broth. I guess if there's anything that would stop me from coming here a couple of times a week it would be the price. Three beef roll "pieces" were $6.25. When you order the beef roll in the SGV you get two rolls, each roll sliced into three pieces. I'm not sure if three Culver City pieces equalled one SGV roll, or whether perhaps it was a little more, but the three pieces plus the beef noodle soup came to $16, although you do save the tip. Besides being out of the turkey roll, they were also out of dumplings, and nobody was sure what kind of meat was inside their dumplings. One of the crew thought it might be ground beef, but since much of the crew seems to come from the hood, I wouldn't assume that was the case. This is certainly the best Chinese food the Fox Hills Mall has ever had (does anybody remember the original Chinese Buffet in the mall which was cleverly named "Chinese Buffet"?) and ranks with the Westside's best, so I hope they make a go of it.
101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801