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Lao Xi Noodle House is a small, strip-mall joint somewhat off the beaten path in Arcadia that serves wonderful hand-made noodles in a no-frills setting. China's Shanxi province food heavily features noodles, potatoes, and vinegar. The menu is short and mostly features different noodles (fried, cold, soup, buckwheat, jelly, etc.), a few types of boiled dumplings (for there or to take away frozen), an assortment of "cold-plate" appetizers, and a few meat/vegetable entrees. We tried the House Special Fried Noodle with Fried Boiled Pork, Daoxiao-Style, which had plump, pleasantly chewy noodles in a tasty, vinegar-laced sauce, stir-fried with chunks of tender pork and lots of leeks and wood-ear mushrooms. We all loved this dish and almost ordered another plate to go (and only restrained ourselves because we were going back to a hotel, not home). The beef noodle soup had a clear, clean-tasting broth that mostly highlighted the long, thin noodles (kids loved it, adults thought it was bland, but noodles were good). Cold dishes were fine and fresh but otherwise ordinary. We would absolutely go back but mostly be interested in revisiting the fried noodles, trying the odder noodle shapes and lamb dumplings, and then taking away frozen dumplings (GREAT price) if they taste as good as they looked.
Great dim sum! I'm not sure if you can order dim sum all day, every day (all food is ordered off the picture/word menu; no carts) but dim sum are an integral part of the menu and it's open every day in the morning so it looks promising. The place is newish, clean, and very busy, with English-speaking, efficient team service. We tried a bunch of noodle rolls, har gow, XLB, chicken buns, pan-fried pork buns, deep-fried minced pork buns, and everything was solid-great, appropriately crunchy, slippery, fluffy, juicy, chewy, etc. Dishes are priced by flat rate ($ listed on the front page of the menu) as small, medium, large, or as marked. It's loud and bustling so safe to take kids, and the dishes come out quickly even when the dining room is full. They have the same ticket system as Din Tai Fung, where your list of orders is placed on your table and each is marked off as they come. It's a stand-alone restaurant with parking and takes credit cards, so easy to get in and out without any fuss. While none of the individual dishes we tried were life-changing, each was properly prepared, tasty, and pretty, and overall we had an excellent and stress-free dim sum experience.