USC: Lunch at Qin West Noodles Figueroa
Since it caters to the University community, expect many students there. You order at the counter and then led to a table. You pay on your way out back at the counter. It’s an honor system for the drinks. Get your Beijing style yogurt here!
I ordered their specialty noodles, the Guilin soup noodles. It was a warm day so I could have gone for the soup-less version but I like soup.
This location seems to have many more items than the Chinatown location. The counter guy said new menus were being printed soon. I want to try their mung bean noodles appetizer next time.
For this lunch, I also got the fried dumplings. I’ll try the steamed kind next time. These were quite juicy though.
I love pig ears because of the cartilage but these were actually more ear.. skin? Still, good spicy marinade.
As for the noodles, I felt this bowl was more savory than the one I had previously. I had so much, I ate the leftovers a couple of days later and it was just as good. I loved the lily buds and greens in the dish.
A note on the proliferation of new Chinese restaurants near universities- they are catering to international students and I’m glad of it! I get good, affordable and interesting new restaurants to try.