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Black pepper beef on rice noodles @ LTH

Ron Rosenbaum | Nov 21, 200210:01 PM

Little Three Happiness has been mentioned more than once recently by G Wiv. It was the first Chinese place that I tried after moving here a few years ago. I tried a new dish a few days ago and went back last night to have it again.Black pepper beef.

The menu is eight or nine pages long, with various combination dinners for four, six, etc...Under "Cantonese specialties" there are dishes such as green pepper beef, black pepper chicken, fresh shrimp. etc., which can be had over crisp wheat noodles or on rice noodles. I chose the rice noodles. We've all had Chinese stir fries over those crisp noodle pancakes, but this is different.

The stir fry shows solid technique and quality ingredients, but tastes a little flat. Somewhat underseasoned. Could use a little salt or soy sauce.
My guess is that their can of pre ground black pepper has been hanging around the kitchen for years. A little more seasoning and maybe a few drops of sesame oil would also be nice, however, the sliced beef tenderloin is perfectly cooked. The stir fry is served on a large oval platter over crisply fried rice noodles, the fresh, wide type. They are so crisp that you can hear them shattering between your teeth. But they aren't deep fried. The texture of these pan fried noodles ranges from soft to chewy to semi crisp to totally crunchy. Add to that the textures of tender succulent beef and crisp vegetables and you have a rirst class dish. I've never tasted noodles like these.

Sriracha sauce and chile sauce with garlic are on the table.

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