Another Food 5k down, this time in the SGV. It started early Saturday morning at Din Tai Fung
. We tried the original location but were referred to the new one around the corner. I'm not sure if the food quality is any different as everything was delicious. The service was a bit slower due to the size of the restaurant I assume.
We had juicy soup dumplings and garlicky string beans.
On the sweet side we had red bean buns and sesame buns.
We saved room because we knew there was more eating to do.
First we bowled a couple games at the alley
next door to Din Tai Fung. Note to parents, the dumpling/bowling combination- possibly combined with the arboretum
makes for a great outing with the kids. I don't have kids so the food 5k continued.
recommendation we went to Hawaii Supermarket
. Between the durian
and live turtles it was much more exciting than Gelson's. We stocked up on some basics and moved on to Monterey Park.
We weren't the first to follow Exile Kiss' recommendation
of Noodle House. I haven't really done dumpling due diligence so it was presumptuous for us to try this newer edition before hitting the more established SGV restaurants
. I say this because the food was just mediocre. When compared back-to-back with Din Tai Fung, Noodle House's dumplings were bland and cumbersome. I even like Wonton Time's
The noodles were covered in sauce like broth. Unfortunately the sauce was too overpowering and not flavorful enough to garner such abundance.
That said, I'm glad to have tried Noodle House. There's so much more to discover in that part of town and just too little time.
Later in the day we attended two parties, both of which had cheese plates with Marcona almonds.
Quite a day.