Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lucky Noodle King

Nothing satisfies a craving for Chinese food quite like a trip to the San Gabriel Valley. For the uninitiated, the SGV, which lies just northeast of downtown LA, is a mecca of Chinese cuisine, offering everything from bite-sized Cantonese dim sum to thick beef rolls hailing from the Shandong Province of eastern China. What inspired this trip, however, was a hankering for noodles. Undeterred by an apparent monthlong closure at our intended destination (I'm looking at you, Tasty Noodle House), we headed to Lucky Noodle King to get our noodle on.

Lucky Noodle King

Lucky Noodle King specializes in cuisine from the Sichuan Province, an area known for its liberal use of mouth-numbing, tingly chilis. For our inaugural visit, Justin and I gravitated towards the spot's signature dishes. In fact, our smiling server correctly predicted our order, which was helpful given the language barrier. She even assured me that everything could be prepared with less heat since I'm a big wuss when it comes to spice.

Wontons in Chili Oil Sauce at Lucky Noodle King

First to hit the table was a bowl of Wontons in Chili Oil. The plump, meat-filled won tons were topped with crushed peanuts, a generous layer of minced garlic and a thankfully less generous serving of spicy chili oil.

Wontons in Chili Oil at Lucky Noodle King

Everything about these were just right. I particularly liked the crunch that the peanuts added to the silky won tons.

Braised Beef Soup Noodles at Lucky Noodle King

The Braised Beef Noodle Soup also impressed. Thick, chewy noodles swam in a spicy red broth and were accompanied by beef braised to falling-off-the-bone tenderness. Green veggies brightened up the bowl and added some crunch.

Braised Beef Soup Noodles at Lucky Noodle King

When we hit the bottom of the bowl, we ordered a side of rice to soak up the last bits of spicy goodness.

Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles at Lucky Noodle King

The piece de resistance of our meal was a bowl of Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles, Lucky Noodle King's most famous dish. Here, the standout noodles served as a base for ground pork in a creamy, garlicky sauce, crushed peanuts, and, of course, those tongue-tingling Sichuan chilis. The dialed down heat still delivered a powerful but pleasing punch. Even this wuss now fully understands why people rave about these spicy noodles. 

With a menu of delicious plates nearly all under $10.00 (all three of ours were actually under $7.00), there's a lot to love about Lucky Noodle King-- even for those who can't take the heat.

Lucky Noodle King
534 E. Valley Blvd.
Suite 10
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 573-5668

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