I tried the new Chef Hung i Diamond Jamboree for lunch with two of my colleagues. We each had the signature Champion beef shank with noodle in spicy soup, albeit one of them had it with the rice noodles, while I and the other one had the wide noodles recommended by the waiter (they also offer, as a third option, a thin wheat noodle). In addition, we ordered a beef roll, a pan fried pork cake and a side of kimchee. In reverse order, the kimchee was surprisingly good, the pork cake was very good, the beef roll was a major disappointment--a pale shadow of the ones offered at 101 Noodle Express, and the soups were good albeit not on a par with the noodle soup versions at the better pho and ramen shops around. The wide noodles are better with the soup than the rice noodles, which were just ok and did not pull up any of the flavors as well; the wide noodles had a good chew but were a tad slippery (the splatter did make a nice pattern on my shirt, though). The soups come with a small plate of pickles that can be added in and, although I asked for my soup to be spicy, they brought the chili oil on the side so it could be measured to taste. While we all enjoyed the meal (other than the beef roll), the three of us concurred that we were far likelier to choose pho or ramen the next time the urge for noodle soup hit. If only the new Yamadaya in Culver City stayed open later than 9 pm!
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