|House Beef Noodles at Mian.|
The highlight of our journey to Los Angeles last year was going to eat at the two Chengdu Taste locations. Since then, they've opened up a third location in Las Vegas, and now this new restaurant, dedicated to making Chongqing Noodles from scratch. As their website says, "Noodles from Chongqing city in Sichuan is one of the favorite traditional Chinese dishes to 13 million Chinese people." Definitely eating at Mian was one of the highlights of our Los Angeles trip this year.
To the left is slightly pickled cabbage authentic Sichuan restaurants serve as a starter, and to the right, two cups of soup broth, chilled and recommended for drinking along with slurping/eating the noodle dishes you order.
Chengdu ZaJiang Noodles with Pork. Ground pork, noodles, baby bok choy, scallion, and a rich bone broth.
House Beef Noodles. Very tender beef, noodles, scallion, baby bok choy, and a bone broth that tasted intensely of chile and classic Chinese five spices.
Close-up of the House Beef Noodles. Amazed I finished it, my face was all red and bathed in sweat.
Closeup of the ZaJiang with Pork Noodles. Great stuff, very affordable and absolutely tasty. A bit reminiscent of the ramen craze, and perhaps places like this will inspire a Chongqing Noodle craze.
Here's a funny story. We got there right when it reopened on Sunday at 5pm, and only one other table was seated: Boomer Anglos. I overheard one of them complaining about how there was nothing but noodle dishes on the menu (actually not true, technically, as there's plenty of non-noodle appetizers). I don't understand why you would go to a Noodle place if you've got a Gluten-Free diet.