At the beginning of this month, Tasty Noodle House opened up on Convoy St in Yu’s Garden‘s old spot. While I was really sad to see Yu’s Garden shutter, I was also pretty excited for the new restaurant, which is also a branch from Orange County. S and I went to check it out with our friend A shortly after their grand opening.
I didn’t get many photos of the interior because it was actually quite busy. The space looked quite nice, though, and had a modern feel to it. There’s also a TV mounted on one of the walls (very important for S and me, since we don’t own a TV but need a place to watch football/hockey during the season).
The menu is quite extensive, and I took a photo of every page before realizing that there was a more compact take-out menu. Oh well, you can see the menu pages here. The restaurant claims a Shanghainese focus, although there are dishes from various other Chinese regions as well.
The service was warm and friendly, and we were offered water or tea, which was served in a cool French press. We just had water, though. As for the food, one of our friends, who is from Orange County, is actually a pretty big fan of Tasty Noodle House and recommended several times for us to try.
We ordered XLB here, and they actually turned out to be quite good. The wrapper is thicker than Din Tai Fung‘s, but had a nice pull, and all of the wrappers stayed intact. There was a good amount of soup, and the pork filling was tender and had a good flavor. It’s definitely sweeter than DTF and Dumpling Inn, but not overly so. S was really happy with these XLB.
We also ordered some pan-fried pork dumplings. I originally wanted the Shanghai potstickers, but upon hearing that they had shrimp we decided to change our order to regular pan-fried pork dumplings (you can choose your dumplings to be pan-fried or boiled). The filling was nice and flavorful. The skin was a bit too thick for pan-fried dumplings – these are definitely meant to be boiled, and that’s how we’ll try them next time.
We also ordered a couple of entrées – one that caught my attention was this stir-fry with Chinese-style bacon and garlic sprouts, one of my favorite ingredients. …