Dumplings, Soup and all kinds of other goodness in Temple City.
I was out to go to House of Mandarin Noodle (so far, my favorite joint of the bunch). I had my heart set, only to discover they only take Cash.
Okay. Okay. No problem. Let’s just check ye olde iPhone app for the nearest Cash Machine my bank has, and…
Drove right there, got my cash, and as I’m walking to the care, there I see it.
Mandarin Noodle Deli.
Deli? Errr, okay, I—
—wait do they have dumplings?
Yeah, they have dumplings.
I am so going back.
My return took a couple of days, but I liked it well enough. It’s a comfortable Temple City neighborhood joint. In a way, no big deal. You really come in here to relax on a Sunday or Saturday, or any night you can imagine. The place was busy. I would say about 75% full, but for some reason, not that loud. Not chaotic in the least. It was mellow. It was almost coffee-shop, hipster mellow.
Only they were serving dumplings and Beef Noodle Soup.
Still love me some House of Mandarin Noodle, but this place was nice. I plan to go back. There are a lot of other tasty options I plan to check out.
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WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, you’re getting the Beef Noodle Soup for starters, but hang on. They have a bit of a different twist here. You can get the noodles in whatever style you want. There are about six options as I remember, and I got the hand cut noodles.
Now, it’s a little strange. You might not think of hand cut noodles as very noodle-like. They’re more like dumplings, little hunks of noodle interspersed throughout your soup. It’s a definite textural difference, but one you should try.
The soup itself was good, but comes in a very large portion. I’d bring some help, or at least make sure you order only the soup because pairing it with some dumplings may have been a mistake.
A tasty and delicious mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
I got some Pork and Leek Dumplings, which were okay. Not the greatest in the world, but good enough to make me curious about the rest of their dumpling menu. So, another visit is in the offing.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too extraordinary, thought there is a bit of good news. Unlike most of the Beef Noodle Places in and around the San Gabriel Valley, this one actually takes Credit Cards.
PARKING: Sketchy. I got lucky, and parked on the street right next to the restaurant. Mandarin Noodle Deli doesn’t seem to have it’s own lot, but I could be wrong about that. A space opened up and jumped on it. The lot in back seemed full, and only had like 4-5 spaces. You can try parking at the Bank’s Lot across the street (it’s part of a long block of shopping with it’s own lot in back). I have no idea how ticket-happy they may be though.
Mandarin Noodle Deli
9537 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
Tel: (626) 309-4318