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After hearing good things about Huangcheng Noodle House for a year, I finally had a chance to try it in August, grabbing a quick bite with my brother and sister. None of us enjoyed the food. Granted, the handmade noodles as an ingredient were worthwhile, but the accompanying cooking left much to be desired.
Complimentary pao cai was weak. Pig ears with garlic, $7.59, did not warrant taking a second bite. Highlight of the cold dishes turned out to be the Shredded potato in hot oil sauce, $4.50.
Stephanie and William both ordered the Traditional beef tendon noodle soup, $9.80. The beef stock was so insipid but could be made palatable with the addition of chili sauce. I had the misfortune of ordering the Noodle with twice-cooked pork, $9.88, because the kitchen was said to have Sichuan experience. Ugh! I have never seen twice-cooked pork with such goopy sauce and without the traditional fermented black beans, chile bean paste or tianmian jiang. What's up with all those onions? Where are the leeks? Or for that matter, where's the pork, twice-cooked or otherwise? I actually asked our server if she gave me the wrong dish as it was not recognizable as twice-cooked pork.
So what's the deal . . . a bad day, did we order poorly, downhill alert?
Huangcheng Noodle House
734 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
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