Beef stew egg noodles at Kim Kee Noodle House

The Best Southeast Asian Noodles in Los Angeles County

03/15/2013

Dylan Ho

In cultures around the world, noodles are an integral part of everyday life, from waiting two hours outside of a ramen stall in Japan to the instant form that’s become a rite of passage for college undergrads. Noodles offer therapy for those feeling under the weather or homesick, or to begin the healing process after a night of overindulgence. Whatever the case, for millions of people hardly a day goes by without noodles at some point.

Los Angeles and its surrounding areas offer a lot of heavy noodling, and for aficionados there’s even more enjoyment to be found with noodles than Chinese dumplings. During the late 1970s, the Vietnam War caused an influx of Asian immigration into the United States. The people of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) sought refuge here and they brought the one thing that kept them alive for generations: noodles. A key influence on the noodle dishes from these countries are the Southeast Chinese from the province of Chiu Chow (pronunciation in Cantonese), Chao Zhou (pronunciation in Mandarin), Trieu Chau (pronunciation in Vietnamese) and Teo Chew (pronunciation in Thai/Cambodian).

Historically, the Chiu Chow Chinese are some of the smartest, fastest-moving, hardest-working merchants and sojourners of the Chinese diaspora. Their footprints can be tracked in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Fujian), Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and even the Philippines. Essentially, they are everywhere, and so is their food. When you walk into a restaurant that offers 3-4 different languages on the menu, you're most likely in a Chiu Chow establishment. It will usually be Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and sometimes Thai.

The following round-up of some of the best noodles in Los Angeles County focuses on dishes from Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle" and Southeast China (Chao Zhou/Fujian/Hainan provinces).

Downlow Burger at Love & Salt

Top Must-Try Burgers in Los Angeles

03/14/2013

Joshua Lurie

Angelenos believe in burgers. There’s no doubt. L.A. County houses hundreds of burger outlets and we’ve been savvy enough to produce a regional chain that still has street cred, In-N-Out. L.A.’s also got a crop of classics that deserve national burger recognition, including timeless Bill’s Hamburgers, The Apple Pan and Pie ‘n Burger, and contemporary Father’s Office. Discover 11 of our other favorite burgers in Los Angeles.

The Best Restaurants in Hollywood

03/14/2013

Tara de Lis

Like all great actors, Hollywood is constantly reinventing itself. At various times, it’s been known as the home of pioneering movie studios, the first Academy Awards ceremony, an Art Deco treasure trove, a punk rock stomping ground, a tourist T-shirt mecca, and an epicenter of nightlife. These restaurants, from as far back as 1919 to more recent openings, have helped to establish Hollywood as one of the hottest dining and drinking destinations in the city.

Xiao long bao

The Best Chinese Dumplings in Los Angeles

01/10/2013

Dylan Ho

In Chinese culture, dumplings symbolize wealth and good fortune. For Chinese New Year and beyond, here’s a selection of the best Chinese dumplings in Los Angeles, many that are likely outside your comfort zone.

Best Bets for Healthy Dining in Los Angeles

01/02/2013

Pat Saperstein

Diners can find a healthful meal at nearly any Los Angeles restaurant, but it's easier at the spots that emphasize local produce and sustainable meats and fish. These restaurants may have varying philosophies, yet all offer a chance to experience exciting tastes and lighter preparations.

Top Sausages in Los Angeles

11/12/2012

Tara de Lis

In recent years, L.A’s famously health-conscious population has become seemingly obsessed with sausage. Get the scoop on 10 hot spots for a full-on sausage fest.

Los Angeles Takes the Cake

11/12/2012

Joshua Lurie

Cake doesn’t just have to come out for weddings, birthdays and office parties. The versatile dessert, snack or coffee companion is welcome just about anytime. Here are a baker’s dozen of the best cakes in Los Angeles.

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