Part 2 of the all-Asian Food Weekend (I'm not going to post about Tahoe Galbi since it's on the board a lot, except to say that the tongue and seasoned galbi are as wonderful as always).
My parents live in Torrance and I have never been able to talk them into going to this restaurant because it consistently has a "B" rating. So, we went without them. It's on PCH, south of the Torrance Airport.
First of all, the menu is more ethnically mixed than the Islamic Chinese places in SGV. I think this is because most of Beijing Islamic's clientele are Middle Eastern (the meat is halal here), so they're reaching out to a broader audience. We were there on Saturday afternoon, and most of the tables were occupied by large families, eating the usual lemon chicken, mongolian beef, and chow mein-type dishes.
There were only the two of us, and the S.O. was not in a very adventurous mood, so we started with egg rolls (curry flavored and pretty tasty---for an egg roll). The "aromatic" chicken was a dish of thinly sliced white chicken meat, dipped in corn starch and deep fried before being tossed in a sweet/sour sauce. This boring dish didn't rate the little chili-pepper icon shown on the menu.
We also had dry sauteed string beans; good, crisp, no garlic, though. I like this dish cold as a leftover.
My order was "Lamb Dough Slice Noodle Soup." Yeah, that's what I was here for! Okay, so now I get the "hand-cut" noodle deal: it's the Chinese version of spaetzle. This is a really good, hearty soup. Big lamb chunks were tender and not gamey, the broth was rich, and the noodles... well, I'm going to surprise my German mother with a take-out order of this dish next time.
no alcohol (don't bring any, either)