Noodles and dumplings in the San Gabriel Valley.
Hui Tou Xiang Noodles is another small joint in the SGV, and according to one L.A. Weekly story, it may be benefiting (a bit) from the overflow coming from Luscious next door, though…according to the same story, it deserves to be held in high regard for itself.
Then again, I came here for the noodles, which…turns out to be a story in itself.
I was in the the mood for some good Beef Noodle Soup, and wanted to try a place I hadn’t been before. Hui Tou Xiang was getting a lot of positive reviews on Urbanspoon (soon to be Zomato at the time of publication). It’s got noodles in the name. Why not?
I already wrote a piece about how some good Dumpling places don’t have Dumplings in their name, right?
And of course, that same L.A. Weekly story was about the best Dumpling places in L.A, and–
—this is a long way of saying that I should have tried the Dumplings while I was here at Hui Tou Xiang, and not the noodles.
Hui Tou Xiang is a comfortable Neighborhood restaurant. Plenty of folks just from the neighborhood dropping by. Yes, Luscious is filled to capacity next door, but I was glad to be here, though in retrospect I probably should have ordered something else.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The meal led off with…of all things…a small helping of Kimchi. Not what Kimchi was doing being served in a Shanghainese place, I’ll never know, but it was good stuff. Just…a surprise.
As I said, instead of the Dumplings, I had the Pork Rib Soup. It’s a light, clear broth with some lovely hunks of stewed meat inside and some greens (Chinese Broccoli?). It’s not the greatest soup I’ve had, but it hit the spot. The Pork Rib was (of course) tender and delicious. The noodles were good, as were the greens. It really comes down to the stock, which wasn’t that strong. It was okay. Just okay.
It didn’t know what to make of. I’m not even sure what the veggies were that I was having, but it wasn’t bad. Between it and the Soup, I only had the one stomach to work with, so I went with the Soup.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Needless to say, like most of the joints in this neck of the woods, it’s a Cash Only establishment.
PARKING: Is…kinda easy enough. The Complex itself is large and labyrinthine, and naturally has a large and labyrinthine free parking lot. Just don’t be surprised if a majority of those spots are taken. They usually are. You can park along Las Tunas just two doors down from the restaurant if you have to. That’s usually my fallback position.
Hui Tou Xiang Noodles
704 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tel: (626) 281-9888
Daily: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm