Mandarin Noodle Deli went through an ownership change, and came back as New Mandarin Noodle Deli. The mildly standout dish here is cold sesame chicken noodles, says ipsedixit. “Nice and sesame-y with a good garlic punch, almost too good. In fact, certain mouthfuls felt like there was enough garlic in the paste to vanquish a village of virulent vampires.”

For noodle dishes, you pick the broth, fixings, and the type of noodle. “Having tried all three, I can say that the hand-pulled are probably the best of the bunch, with the knife-cut the worst,” says ipsedixit. “All are sufficiently chewy and robust in body, but none really make you stand up and want to touch yourself in that special spot … if you know what I mean.” Flavors are mild to bland, depending on your tastes. Leek pancakes are also quite good, says ipsedixit, though perhaps also slightly underflavored.

New Mandarin Noodle Deli [San Gabriel Valley]
9537 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City

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