Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
- Daily 11am-9pm
- Dinner, Lunch
- No Alcohol
- Reservations Not Necessary
- Parking Lot Available
LA Weekly's Description
Malan Noodle is a fast-food restaurant from another galaxy, a blank, gleaming space festooned with posters bearing its abstracted red-bowl logo and marked every few feet with signs reading Warning: Hot Soup. A few seconds after you order your noodles from a checklist, a guy in the open kitchen picks up a hank of dough, bangs it against the counter a couple of times, then whips it through the air in a frenzied yet precise manner, stretching it to arm's length and beyond, doubling and redoubling it until it almost magically falls into a skein of noodles. You can get your hand-pulled noodles fine as angel's hair or thick as telephone cords, flat or round, or even, should you request it, triangular. Most people order these hand-thrown noodles submerged in the allegedly Lanzhou-style beef soup, a tan broth hiding a few slices of brisket. But one of the best dishes here, translated as something like special spicy chicken, is an Islamic specialty from the northwestern mountains near Afghanistan, a hacked-up bird rubbed with a salty paste of fermented beans and fresh chiles, sauteed with leeks, onions and a few dozen cloves of simmered garlic, and tossed with odd, extra-wide noodles that have a disconcerting resemblance to universal fan belts. And the serving is enormous, easily enough to feed four hungry people with leftovers for lunch the next day.
Tips from foursquare
Handmade noodles are great but the soup broth leaves a lot to be desired. Food had no visual appeal. Disappointing.
Staff is really friendly. Not sure? Just ask! Let soup sit for a minute to develop the flavors.
SUPER FRIENDLY staff, CASH ONLY!
The thinner the noodles the faster you need to eat. Thin noodles get soggy fast.
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There are few things in life better than a bowl of authentic and properly-constructed handmade noodles. Even in the San Gabriel Valley, it's... More on Malan Noodle »
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View more photos in Anne Fishbein's slideshow. Leeks with eel jam? Duck soup? Yangzhou crabmeat spring roll casserole? Braised pork knuckle... More on Malan Noodle »
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