I've now been twice. The XLB are excellent, real contenders for the throne here in L.A. My favorite XLB are, as of late, a tossup between J&J and Shanghai #1 Seafood at lunch, but these could well make it a three-way tie for me. They are as juicy as either J&J, with a delicious, somewhat more clear broth that has slightly less of a livery flavor to it. The pork is perhaps slightly more subtle than J&J or Shanghai #1, so I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. The wrappers are thin (more so, certainly, than J&J, about the same as Shanghai #1), very pliable yet strong. I have yet to tear one while picking up a dumpling. They give you plenty of shredded ginger and there is black vinegar on the table.
I have also had their green onion pancake, which I thought was excellent. The beef roll, which was very good but if 101 Noodle Express is, say, a 10, this one would be about a 7.5 to an 8. It was a bit too sweet a bit too heavy on the lettuce and the wrapper had retained a bit too much oil. The wasabi fried chicken, that my friend ordered, seemed a bit dull at first but it grew on us. It didn't taste particularly wasabi-ish. I have had better at other Taiwanese places, notably at Indian on San Gabriel Blvd. The cold chili cucumber appetizer has a good amount of fresh chopped chili and garlic, but could use a bit more time soaking in the vinegar. (Didn't bother me too much since I simply dipped the pieces into some vinegar that is on the table.) They have draft and bottled beer, which is nice.
The first time I went it was before seeing a Chinese movie at the AMC Theaters in the same shopping center. I hope they continue to screen at least one Chinese film in the multiplex on a regular basis. It was very nice to be able to eat some excellent XLB, drink a draft beer, and then see a Chinese movie on the big screen. There are a number of other Chinese restaurants in the shopping center that look like they'd be worth a try. And parking is free.
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