Temple City: House of Mandarin Noodle

cold tofu salad

cold tofu appetizer

 

After we bid farewell to Bahooka, we checked out the House of Mandarin Noodle for dumplings and noodles.

boiled seafood dumplings

boiled seafood dumplings

We ordered too much for the three of us but what I love about that are the leftovers! We tried out the boiled seafood dumplings (shrimp and leek) and they were good but the panfried were even better.

panfried dumplings

panfried dumplings

The House of Mandarin Noodle doesn’t actually have a large selection of dumplings in comparison to other Mandarin Chinese restaurants I’ve been to but what they served were good. We really liked the crispy dumplings with their juicy fillings.

toon pancake

toon pancake

When we saw the toon panacake, we decided to order it even though we had no idea what toon was. Our server explained it was a Chinese vegetable. Upon googling, we found out it was it was the shoots and leaves of a tree.

close up on the toon

close up on the toon

Of course, it just sort of looked like spinach when closely examined. My companions seemed to prefer this pancake over the spring onion one.

chicken chow mein

chicken chow mein

Someone ordered the chicken chow mein but I was after dan dan noodles.

spring onion pancake

spring onion pancake

 

I enjoyed the spring onion pancake. It wasn’t too oily and the many layers had a weight to it. Sometimes I think this dish can get too oily and so flaky, it’s just like eating oily air. I’m glad House of Mandarin Noodle makes a good pancake.

dan dan mein

dan dan mein

 

At last, the coveted dan dan noodles. This version was very peanut-y. I missed the meat. It did have a nice kick though. I’m still hunting for the best dan dan mein so I’ll keep trying. I may have move on to beef noodle soup face-offs soon.

 

House of Mandarin Noodle

4819A Temple City Blvd., Temple City, CA 91780  —  (626) 286-1689

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