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Ark Chinese Restaurant tips? (Alameda)

hyperbowler | Apr 19, 201211:55 AM

Does anyone know if they have a special Chinese menu there, or if they changed things up since they temporarily closed (vacation?) a few weeks ago?

I went there last week to get hand-pulled noodles (lamian) and a soup with cat's ear noodles mentioned on a Chowhound thread from several years back. The menu was only in English and nothing seemed to correspond to cat ear noodles, so I pulled up the wikipedia entry for Chinese noodles and showed the server the chinese characters for cat ear noodles. Just my luck ... of all the noodle dishes in that entry, that was apparently the one that left out the character for "noodles." This resulted in me apologizing after he reeled back and made a shocked meowing sound. I wound up getting the bean paste pork (hand-pulled) noodles and the Juicy Pork Steam Dumplings, a recommendation of the server.

The bean paste pork noodles were Zha jiang mian. I found the sauce pleasantly lighter than the one I've had at San Tung in SF. I've never had hand-pulled noodles in a stir fried dish before, and I think I prefer them in soup. I liked their uneven width, but compared to a dried noodle, nothing about the chewiness or flavor impressed me under the sauce.

The Juicy Pork Steam Dumplings were Xiao Long Bao. The skin was way too thick, but it allowed them to hold in a salty soup without deflating.

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