Mar 2016

Miàn by Chengdu Taste – San Gabriel

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Thanks to The Astronomer’s “alternate work schedule,” every so often we’re able to meet up for a low-key weekday lunch. We stopped into Miàn during its first week of service for a taste of Chongqing-style noodles. Even though the line for a table was longer than anticipated, the food was well worth the wait, especially the dumplings (surprisingly).

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Tony Xu, who last dazzled our tastebuds at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra and Rosemead, keeps the hits coming at his second concept Miàn. The restaurant serves just a dozen different mian (noodles), five kinds of chaoshou (dumplings), and eight appetizers.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

A complimentary dish of pickled and lightly spiced cabbage arrived at the table to start.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Between the two of us, we shared two noodles and two dumplings. The soupy Gizzard Noodles ($9.99) delivered on all fronts—the noodles were bouncy, the broth was properly numbing, and the gizzards were plentiful.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Mmm… Who can resist a tangle of noodles in a spicy, innards-laced broth? Certainly not me.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Slightly less soupy, but just as savory was the “Chef’s Choice” Chengdu ZaJiang ($8.99) with homemade noodles, ground pork, and green onions.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

While the namesake miàn were certainly something, we loved the dumplings most of all. The “Seafood Chaoshou” ($9.99), little parcels in a thick and cloudy seafood broth, delighted with its comforting richness.

Mian by Chengdu Taste - San Gabriel

Even better were the “Pork Dumplings” ($8.99). Reminiscent of Zhong’s dumplings, the meat-stuffed crescents were served in an absolutely superb garlicky and sweet soy-chili sauce. I’m still thinking about these.

The Astronomer and I both thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Miàn and will definitely return once the lines die down. Mr. Xu’s sophomore effort is just what carb-loving chili heads are craving.

Miàn
301 West Valley Boulevard #114
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Phone: 626-693-6888

San Gabe is a babe:

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