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.
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.
Everything about these were just right. I particularly liked the crunch that the peanuts added to the silky won tons.
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.
When we hit the bottom of the bowl, we ordered a side of rice to soak up the last bits of spicy goodness.
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.
San Gabriel, CA 91776