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Sue's Kitchen in Torrance - Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup


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Sue's Kitchen in Torrance - Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

ristretto | Jul 31, 2006 03:19 AM

A recent poster had asked about Taiwanese in the South Bay and I mentioned Sue's. To back up my rec, I made a visit today for a late lunch.

They have really spiffied up the place compared to its previous incarnation. Lacquered wood two-tops, new chairs and new tableware help improve the feel. The windows are no longer tinted. The cold plate deli dishes are still there. Best of all, they now have A/C. Overall, a much brighter place. (Some might be nostalgic for the old look, which could have been more appropriately named "Soup Kitchen".)

I was told that the old Torrance A&J owners had some involvement with this place - it turns out that the previous owner of A&J has taken over this place; the name has been retained due to long term recognition, but the menu has largely been carried over. This will certainly bring a level of comfort for those who enjoyed A&J. Those who didn't, well, good luck finding Taiwanese food in the South Bay! :)

Onto the food. We ordered the beef noodle soup, fried pork chop rice plate and pan fried potstickers. The beef noodle soup was just as I remembered it from A&J - noodles al dente, superb spicy broth, 50-50 combination of meat and cartilage, and all of this topped with spinach - no surprise there. The fried pork chop was nicely marinated and was fried without the batter that's often used elsewhere. Unlike the previous Sue's, this plate came with pickled vegetables and an egg. The potstickers had a doughy texture and a filling consisting of beef and leek. OK, not great.

Next time, I'll have to try the fried fish fillet rice plate, my other favorite dish from A&J's, as well as the beef pancakes.

Granted, there is very little competition, if any, but I will say overall that Sue's has the best Taiwanese style beef noodle soup in the South Bay. A notch below the best in SGV and a few more below those in Taiwan (I know, I've been there), but I think it's good enough judged on its own that I won't make a trip out there just for this dish.

Side note: "Warning", this place currently has an "A" rating from the L.A. Health Department. So one could be tempted to dismiss the food quality on that basis, but those willing to put the grade aside should be well rewarded.

Sue's Kitchen
23918 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 539-1992

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