We recently had dinner at XiangXiang noodle, a new restaurant in El Sobrante (near Pinole) that specializes in handmade noodles. We were very excited to have a good noodle place near us.
Here is what we ate:
Seasoned beef shank/tendon. Bland. Tendon was thick and chewy, beef shank was overly salty and didn’t seemed cooked properly. Just ok.
Hot and sour soup. Just ok.
Noodles with soybean paste (Zhajiangmain). Just ok. Some of the fresh vegetables in this were musty and tainted the dish.
Lamb stewed noodle soup. As I tasted the soup the impression I got was dishwater. My husband said it was the worst soup he can remember.
Service was good and we wanted to like the place.
The menu is huge-too huge. This place is very new and there is still time to rescue it. They need to focus on a smaller number of dishes and make them taste good.
They advertise that there are noodles are handmade, but my husband was skeptical. I thought the noodles were fine, but they need to focus on execution and broth.