Garlic Noodles at Anqi

Macy’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month Fashion Show, and Garlic Noodles at Anqi.

After some dreams involving puppies (is there anything better?!) I grill a French Meadow Sprouted Grain Tortilla for breakfast.


I’ve been eating a lot of brunches lately, have you noticed that? I’ve been having my evening snack around 11 or midnight, right before bed. So I’m never really hungry til 12 hours later. And by then, I’m in the mood for savory food.

Some strawberries and peppermint tea too….


I do my hair/makeup while packing up some apple and Beach Bash trail mix. It takes a little more than an hour to drive down to Costa Mesa.


I wind up eating the apple while I wait around for the event to start, but never touch the trail mix.

Macy’s is doing a really good job with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month event….


…there is a pretty great crowd.


It kicks off with a dragon dance…


Then I take the stage with Michelle Ngo, Fashion Director at Skinnie Magazine.


I am supposed to only interview her about fashion stuff, but she turns the tables around and starts asking ME questions too!


I am not prepared for that! Good thing she didn’t ask me any fashion-related questions. After the Q&AΒ Abe and I have a super early dinner at Anqi, located inside the Bloomingdale’s on the other side of the South Coast Plaza mall.


I’ve heard about this place from “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” This is actually a new sister restaurant to the one featured on The Food Network (Crustacean, in Beverly Hills). Β But during the day it has a much smaller (and cheaper) “Noodle Bar” menu. Two chefs operate in the outside kitchen by the bar while the back kitchen preps for dinner service.


Lucky for us, this menu has their famous garlic noodles, the ones highlighted in the episode.


I’ll be honest, they didn’t look as pretty as I expect…


…you can’t tell in the photos because Abe’s camera makes everything appear 10x better, but they are both greasy AND dry-looking at the same time.


But my Lord, they taste great. Insanely good, actually. Abe describes it like “eating garlic bread in pasta form.” I agree – each strand of noodle is infused with butter and garlic and ? There are a bunch of recipe theories online. A lot of them sound like garlic bread ingredients, indeed.



Equally underwhelming in appearance are the Wok Tofu and Assorted Seasonal Vegetables, which are almost gelatinous.


Unfortunately, they aren’t as good as the garlic noodles. They are just okay. Β I do like the texture of the tofu and the crispness of the veggies, but the sauce is just meh.

Back in Los Angeles we reward ourselves for sitting in traffic by stopping by our favorite gelato place, Scoops. As usual, I try a sample of two intriguing sounding non-soy flavors. Red Velvet Cake and Goat Cheese Fig, FYI. Β Then I get two vegan ones – Cream Cheese Oreo and Maple Almond.


Abe goes vegan too – Coffee Molasses and Vanilla Chocolate (INSANELY delicious). He adds chocolate sprinkles to his.


Mid-way through mine I add some too – after all, they’re free!


I always get a kick out of their flavor suggestion board.



25 thoughts on “Garlic Noodles at Anqi

  1. Serena

    Oh goodness I love anything wrapped in a tortilla! So yum. <3

    Those noodles look fantastic, by the way. When I was little my favorite noodle dish was just plain fettucini with LOADS of butter and shaved parmesan cheese.

  2. Anna

    That looks like such a fun event! And yes, you DO look sharp in your dress! Love it πŸ™‚

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices

    Garlic bread version of noodles? I’m in. You look great up there with the mic, love the dress! I love when I can wear something more than once and get use out of it. I’m the queen of buying dresses and wearing them one time. I have to try vegan ice cream…I still haven’t, but it looks amazing!

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness

    Love the flavor suggestion board… chicken mcnugget and fries?? Really? ha ha

  5. Ameena

    I really liked Angi when Ali and I went a while ago…sorry it wasn’t good! But I think Crustacean is much better by far!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      it was quite beautiful – do you think they’d kick us out if we just went and ordered 4 portions of garlic noodles?!

  6. Katharina

    That tortilla meal looks delicious! I’m so glad that the event went smoothly and that you handled the questions hehehe. The ice cream sounds amazing! Red velvet ice cream? I love the suggestions too–do the customers write them down?


    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      yes! the customers write down suggestions – did you notice the one that read “baby’s umbilical chord (fried)”?!?!

  7. Kim

    OOps, the event was yesterday?! I thought it was today. I should read more carefully. Glad it was fun! I’ve gotta try that Scoops place sometime!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      ha! that’s okay; we cut out early anyways so i wouldn’t have been able to really hang. and next time you’re in l.a. you definitely should hit scoops – it’s the best!

  8. Kat

    I love how modest/ graceful you are in all you do. Just wanted to say so! You never toot your own horn, even though you get do so many cool/ glamorous things in LA. I find that so refreshing, especially compared to some bloggers who sort of elevate themselves and their choices as being above their blah/boring readers. Just wanted to tell you how refreshing your blog is.

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      oh kat, that was the sweetest comment ever, thank you. i just realized your blog is, for some reason, no longer on my blog reader!!! i guess i thought you were on a blogging hiatus. glad to see you’re not and i just re-added you. whew!

  9. Julienne

    Glad I got to see you at Macy’s. Too bad I couldn’t find you in person to say hello after the event. πŸ™ I’m in your pictures above though. I hope to see you sometime again in the future. πŸ™‚

  10. Erica

    You look fabulous at the event! How fun. And garlic bread in pasta form? That sounds just heavenly. Glad you got to experience it! Love food network. Hope your Sunday was just as nice

  11. sophia

    Garlic noodles?! Come this way, my lovelies…Haha, the pic of you slurping the noodles! You don’t see that with many other celebrities…this is why you’re so real and lovable, Lynn!
    And you can wear that outfit anytime! You do look pretty chic! πŸ™‚

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      thanks, sophia! but who is this “celebrity” you’re referring to?!?!?

  12. ThankfulForSavingFace

    I’m from LA but live in the OC now and regularly receive South Coast Plaza’s event emails. Then I just happen to see your name mentioned in the decription for this Macy’s event. Needless to say…I was so excited because I’m such a huge fan of your movie, Saving Face.

    You handled the interview with Michelle Ngo very well on Saturday. Michelle seemed quite nervous, but you were such a pro with the interview.

    Thank you for taking a picture with me, that was so kind of you. πŸ™‚ Your outfit was beautiful! I wish I could send you the picture because it’s a brighter picture wherein you can see all the wonderful colors on your outfit very well. The pictures above don’t do your outfit justice! πŸ˜›

    Thank you again….and I wish you great success, happiness, and good luck in finding more great food!

  13. Jill

    Those noodles look yummy! I too love noodles with just butter and cheese like another commenter does!

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