The latest branch of Shanghai specialist Tasty Noodle House has opened in Sawtelle Japantown! Let’s go!!!
Located in the space formerly occupied by Restaurant 2117, Tasty Noodle House is already proving to be quite popular within its first week of opening. The menu here is quite extensive.
Hot almond milk tea ( 香濃杏仁奶茶 )… Really nice.
House rice wine “drunken” chicken ( 品味醉雞 )… Served chilled, this was a tasty appetizer
Pork hock with house spice & spinach ( 品味五醬豬腳 )… Absolutely deee-licious!!! Perfect marinade. Get a bowl of white rice to accompany this fabulous preparation!
Beef noodle soup ( 紅燒牛肉湯麵 )… OK OK this isn’t technically a dish of Shanghai origin, BUT the restaurant is called Tasty Noodle House, after all! And this bowl was very, very tasty indeed. These noodles had lots of ‘Q’. I just wish they’d cut the beef into smaller chunks, though…
Shanghai grilled pork buns ( 上海生煎包, AKA Shanhgahi shenjianbao)… Oh man, this was great! Really tastes like the awesome stuff I remembered finding on the streets of Shanghai! And now these gorgeous SJB’s are available in West LA!
Undercarriage shot… Legit shenjianbao socarrat!
Really nice, juicy, flavorful pork filling…
Shanghai-style black sesame mochi balls in fermented eggdrop & rice soup ( 上海洒釀小湯圓 )… Beautiful. A wonderful dessert, and reminds me of the stuff Grandma used to make.
Chefs enjoy the kitchen staff meal… Bravo! Well done!
The grand opening of tasty Noodle House definitely gives nearby ROC Kitchen something to worry about. Their “bao” items are prepared with better dough technique. Their menu is more varied, the execution is more flavorful and dammit it’s just, well… TASTIER! Bring a crew to eat here, so that you have an excuse to cut deeper into that vast menu. They were out of ingredients for some of the more high-end (read: sea cucumber) dishes the night I went, but the staff assures me (in both English and Mandarin) that the supply chain is being worked on.
The Shanghai-leaning chain’s newest location represents another fantastic addition to the landscape of Sawtelle Japantown. I hope the quality stays high here.
Tasty Noodle House
2117 Sawtelle Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90025