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Bang Bang Noodles: LA’s Hottest Street Food Show

Photo: Constantine Spyrou // Foodbeast

Venture out to The York in Highland Park, Los Angeles, and you’ll find more than just your typical pub grub and drinks to enjoy outdoors. Within the bar’s walls resides Bang Bang Noodles, a street food sensation that’s slinging a variety of noodles akin to what you might find on the streets of Xi’an in China.

The owner, Robert Lee, has a lot of Michelin starred-kitchen cred, but left the fine dining scene to set up his noodle stand in Los Angeles. Growing up eating street food classics, he wanted to build something “for my own, that I could relate to, that others could relate to as well,” as he told Foodbeast.

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Special thanks to @reachhard_ & @constantine_spy from @foodbeast for coming thru and showing so much love and support before our break. We did Sellout this week but we will have a new Schedule Out Next Wednesday! Thanks for all the Love & Support! Stay Safe & Eat Safe! . . . . . . . . #凉皮#handpullednoodles #tinglysoup #biangbiangnoodles #biangbiangmian #foodpornstreet #noodledough #bangbangnoodlesla1 #bangbangnoodlesla #tinglycuminlambnoodle #tinglycuminlamb #streetfoodla #shaanxistreetfood #bangbangnoodles #losangelesfood #handpullednoodle #handpullednoodles #biangbiangmien #陕西八大怪 #biángbiángmiàn #油潑扯麵 #bangbangnoodlesla1 #highlandpark #nela #uhygurcuisine #delicious #instafood #foodstagram #noodlelift #noodlelifting

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For Lee, that has been bowls of his noodles, which he stretches, slaps, and pulls to order. They’re cooked in boiling water and served with a spicy, tingly sauce (there’s also a soup option) as well as a bunch of toppings. Lee includes a variety of options, including lamb and shiitake mushrooms as a nod to the Uighur culture in China’s Shaanxi region, the inspiration for his own noodles. Pork, beef, and seitan round out the proteins on the menu.

Lee also includes a Xi’an tomato sauce variety that gets plated with bok choy. The tang of it elevates the noodles to a unexpected yet mouthwatering flavor experience.

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Lets start this week off with a Bang Bang! New BBN Schedule is hot off the press! NEW CALL IN HOURS 6pm-10pm Wed&Thur! Call once or twice to ensure your number gets thru but please do not flood the phone lines with repeated calls we will line up all missed calls and return them ASAP. It may take an hour or two to return calls by it please be patient with us due to our high volume of orders. Thanks for all your love and support. Stay Safe Eat Safe! Thanks again for all the love! Let’s keep Banging! . . . . . . . #凉皮#handpullednoodles #tinglysoup #biangbiangnoodles #biangbiangmian #foodpornstreet #noodledough #bangbangnoodlesla1 #bangbangnoodlesla #tinglycuminlambnoodle #tinglycuminlamb #streetfoodla #shaanxistreetfood #bangbangnoodles #losangelesfood #handpullednoodle #handpullednoodles #biangbiangmien #陕西八大怪 #biángbiángmiàn #油潑扯麵 #bangbangnoodlesla1 #highlandpark #nela #uhygurcuisine #delicious #instafood #foodstagram #noodlelift #noodlelifting

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To learn more about Lee’s story and Bang Bang Noodles, check out the above Foodbeast “News Bites” video.

Photo: Constantine Spyrou // Foodbeast

Bang Bang Noodles is currently open and taking reservations for orders inside of the York.

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New ‘Resy Drive Thru’ Experience Shows How Food Festivals Could Operate In COVID

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Food festivals haven’t exactly been a thing since the COVID pandemic hit, as having a ton of people in an area clamoring for food has been a tough challenge. A new collab event between Resy and American Express, however, could provide blueprints on how to run them during a pandemic.

The “Resy Drive Thru” experience, happening in Los Angeles on October 15th and 16th, will have guests go through a driving tour of some of Los Angeles’s best restaurants. At each stop, they will be served a course inside of their car and then guided to the next one by a socially distanced waiter.

Restaurants featured in the experience include L.A. favorites Chi Spacca, Night + Market, Jon & Vinny’s, LASA, and Trap Kitchen. Other restaurant stars in the mix include Konbi, Gwen, Alta Adams, and a dish from chef Nyesha Arrington. Majordomo and Kismet will also provide special items.

The event is going to a good cause, as Resy and American Express will team up afterwards to make a donation to World Central Kitchen. However, it will also serve as a strong example of how one could get multiple restaurants to come together and serve food in a festival-like setting during a pandemic.

Tickets for the Resy Drive Thru go on sale for the general public on September 30th (American Express card holders can buy them 2 days earlier). They can be bought individually or as a group, although group ticket holders must all arrive and travel in the same vehicle throughout the event.

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MENUDO RAMEN Makes Head-Turning Debut at LA Restaurant

Image courtesy of Don Chon Menudo

A Southern California menudo specialist, Don Chon Menudo, is turning heads on Instagram with the recent debut of their newest creation: Menudo Ramen.

Debuted just a few days ago, the Menudo Ramen takes Don Chon’s traditional red menudo and adds noodles to the mix. Each cup of the order also gets topped off with corn, lime, cilantro, onion, oregano, and chili peppers.

While the traditional menudo bowls Don Chon specializes in contain hominy, the ramen version swaps the hominy for noodles.

Don Chon, located in Pacoima, California, is known for specializing in both red and white menudo, but also makes their own handmade tortillas for dipping. They’re a sister restaurant to Birrieria San Marcos, a restaurant that sizzles on Instagram with their birria creations.

When it comes to the Menudo Ramen, the comments so far have been mostly positive, with folks on Instagram curious to try it or saying that it looks good. Others are curious about the addition of corn to the top of the ramen, while some would rather just have the traditional bowls.

Regardless of how you feel about menudo ramen, it’s definitely an interesting combo worth sampling.

Don Chon Menudo is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 8 am – 2 pm, so those wanting to try a bowl should head there then.

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The Story Behind Ja Rule’s Comically Bad Greek Restaurant Commercial

Ja Rule image adapted from WebSummit on Flickr.

Recently, a video featuring rapper Ja Rule advertising for a Greek restaurant has made its way around the internet. The video, which has garnered over 3 million views on Twitter to date, shows Ja Rule going off for one of his favorite local restaurants, Papa Cristo’s.

For those unaware, Papa Cristo’s is a marketplace and a restaurant that’s been at the heart of the Greek community in Los Angeles for over 70 years. The owner, Chrys Chrys, is a local legend that fires up lamb chops, grilled octopus, and many other Greek specialties hard to find at most other restaurants.

While the viral video itself is mostly getting ripped by Twitter users for the editing (Ja Rule dancing in front of a green screen and slapping the owner’s head on some stock footage), the story behind it is actually pretty intriguing. Foodbeast reached out to Papa Cristo’s to learn more about the video and found that it was part of both a TV show and just general support Ja Rule wanted to give.

According to Papa Cristo’s, Ja Rule created the segment for something called “Pitch Perfect,” a show he created as part of TBS’s “Celebrity Showoff” series. Ja Rule and Chrys chat for a while before coming up with the ad, which the rapper hopes to use to bring light to Papa Cristo’s as well as supporting local restaurants in general.

The full clip will air on June 23rd on TBS, but you can view part of the show in the video above. Papa Cristo’s also mentioned that Ja Rule is helping to raise money for No Kid Hungry alongside supporting family-run local spots.

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Wine Brand ‘Bev’ Donates 100% of Sales to Service Workers

 

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Each day, more efforts are being made to combat the effects of the corona pandemic. With cities at a near standstill, somehow life must persist. To lower the risk of spreading the virus further, stay-at-home orders have been passed nationwide. Probably one of the most at risk are the many service workers helping on the local front lines — delivering mail, stocking grocery stores, and providing medical assistance amongst other things. Thankfully, businesses are coming together to support their local service workers.

Venice, California-based wine brand Bev has announced that they will be donating 100% of all sales, online and in-store, to help service workers affected by the Los Angeles dine-in closure mandate. Bev will also be matching the first $3k of donations to a GoFundMe supporting the initiative. To further boost their support efforts, Bev will be distributing in-house hand sanitizer free-of-charge to the elderly and homeless in Venice. The elder and homeless are the two highest at-risk communities without access to essential services. 

With over 72,387 eating and drinking establishments in the city, it’s important to have those willing to step up to help out. Fortunately, uncertain times breeds togetherness. You can support Bev’s Service Workers Relief Fund by donating to the GoFundMe or simply by making a purchase today.

The text to delivery phone number is: 323-289-6964 to place an order.

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LA Mayor Says ‘There’s No Major Shortage Of Food’ As Major Markets Seek Workers

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As more and more folks are staying at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, restaurants and public businesses have been temporarily shutting down to help prevent the spread.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made an announcement this morning to help calm the masses who are desperate to stock their households with supplies in the trying weeks to come.

“Supply chains are completely uninterrupted, and there’s no shortage of food,” Garcetti said as he stood in a Ralph’s Distribution Center in Paramount, CA. With him were executives from major grocery chains such as Food4Less, Ralph’s, Northgate, and Gelson’s.

Stores are short on popular items during this pandemic because of people purchasing more than they need, and as a result, employees are unable to restock from the suppliers in a timely manner. During the livestream the mayor encouraged consideration for others, especially the elderly, when out shopping for supplies.

Kendra Doyel, Vice president of merchandising for Ralph’s, stated that both Ralphs and Food4Less are actually hiring during these trying times to help keep the shelves stocked at a more manageable rate. Those who need to look for work in the Los Angeles area as more business close down because of the virus may consider employment at these major grocery chains during this time of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Whole Fried Pig Head Platter Is Served Up At LA Filipino Restaurant

When it comes to pork, Filipinos could write a whole saga on their love affair with the protein. Like there would literally be a sonnet for sisig, a limerick for lechon, a chorus for crispy pata — you get the picture. Consider every part of a pig and Filipinos probably have a dish for it. But Southern California Filipino restaurant chain, Noypitz, has got something that even had me astounded at their take on a pork dish: whole crispy pig head.

It’s not every day you see a whole fried pig head (dubbed Crispy Ulo) served up on a platter, let alone one that’s deep-fried to golden brown perfection. In fact, I doubt I’d ever seen anything quite like this Crispy Ulo platter on any Filipino restaurant menu. But its uniqueness on paper gives way to an iteration of pork that few folks ever get to enjoy. Make no mistake, pork belly is always the fan favorite, but not many realize that head meat offers a next level kind of tender that would make your favorite slow jam jealous. Keep that in mind the next time you’re in the mood for pork and are feeling adventurous.

Noypitz has three locations throughout Southern California, so trust there will be plenty of Crispy Ulo to go around.

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DTLA Restaurant Is Serving Up The Most Stylish Pizza Boxes Out There

 

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Style and substance. It’s the highly coveted pairing that eludes the masses. Endless swipes on dating apps have proved fruitless. Conscientious visits to our favorite online shops turn up scant results. And the drool-inducing food pics we scroll through on our timeline often don’t live up to the hype in terms of overall quality and taste. But once found, style and substance in tandem make for a memorable anything.

Recognizing this conundrum, V DTLA is a new restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Jewelry District (fitting, really) that somehow cracks the code and infiltrates the matrix of what looks, tastes, and feels good.

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A prime example of V DTLA living up to style and substance is their lineup of pizzas. Here they’re serving up Genovese-style pizzas that are cooked in a custom-built Italian oven in less time than your average Billboard chart-topper. The results are signature offerings that include delectable toppings like, roasted golden beets, fresh basil, rich mozzarella, unctuous balsamic glaze, and savory pepperoni. But wait until they’re served to you in what may very well be the most stylish and chic pizza boxes ever created.

Picture the scene of a piping hot, fresh out the oven pizza served up in a box that’s equal parts elegant Fashion Week invitation and modern, black & gold Vogue cover centerfold. Slide out that warm pie and take in the swank and dapper surroundings that creates a sophisticated vibe within an approachable setting. Neiman Marcus could never.

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V DTLA

V DTLA, 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014