Mission Impossible?

January 1, 2012

in dinner, movies, restaurant

I’m not terribly fond of New Year’s Eve – probably since I don’t drink alcohol?

That said, I always use holidays as an excuse to do something out-of-the-ordinary. We see a lot of movies throughout the year, but rarely huge blockbuster/action ones. Ghost Protocol at The Arclight Cinerama Dome was fun!


Our next mission – find a last-minute, delicious dinner that wasn’t overpriced and overhyped. Impossible on December 31st, right?


Not in the San Gabriel Valley…


…no prix-fixe menus or reservations required here!


101 Noodle Express has several locations (including one in the Westfield Culver City mall) and many accolades


They’re famous for their beef rolls – but I knew I couldn’t handle an entire order by myself


After much discussion with the waitress over the menu, we discovered the few vegetarian dishes to share


Steamed Dumplings


Scallion Pancakes


Ya gotta have noodles for new year! They had one without meat, but it was in soup form, which Abe doesn’t like…


…instead, we ordered the Dan Dan Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce on the side


Abe garnished his handcut noodles with the condiments on the table…


…chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce…


…and this wonderful hot cilantro mixture


I wound up eating 2 porky bowls myself…



…plus one of the veggie-filled dumplings


Mostly we focused on the scallion pancakes, since they don’t taste as good leftover.


Ate about 4 or 5 pieces…


…with “Abe” sauce…



…made my own meat rolls too


The waitress’ English was much better than my Mandarin, but I still couldn’t get a glass of ice water throughout the entire meal! Finally, I asked for a Diet Coke, and it was brought out pronto. I guess everyone understands the language of $$$…


…speaking of which, Mission Accomplished – “Dumpings” et al = less than twenty bucks!


Missed seeing the ball drop, but a (somewhat) big apple made an appearance near midnight


Felt like I got my party fix on Friday night, so we turned down a few invites and stayed off the roads. Did some writing, watched another movie, and hung out with Julius instead.


What’d you do to ring in 2012?

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1 Jacky January 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

Oh goodness that all looks so good! Happy new year.

2 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

it really was gooood. happy new year to you too, jacky!

3 Judy Hsieh Bigman January 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

Looks delicious! Happy New Year to you, Lynn, hopes it’s full of great foodie adventures :)

4 Phil Lorenzo January 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Awesome post! So much good food in the new year!

5 Darcee January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Happy New Year Lynn!!!

I spent the evening at a house party a friend had. Surrounded by like minded friends having a great time. It was fantastic.

Looking at the noodles, I realize I’m starving

6 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Sounds lovely Darcee! Happy new year and go eat something!!!

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7 katecooks January 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

happy new year! looks like a lovely way to ring in 2012. i could go for those scallion pancakes myself right about now!

8 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

They were truly wonderful. Hopefully we can go together one day!

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9 Stephanie Brookshier January 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Oh man, I’m going to look up a recipe for scallion pancakes. Yum! We relaxed for the new year, and a lot of my night was spent writing, too.

10 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm
11 Kristine January 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Looks like a great dumpling house. I’m always looking for a great dumpling place with a menu written in english for us ABC’s. I’m going to try this place.

Oh – just saw Mission Impossible. Love the action!

12 squigglefloey January 2, 2012 at 5:26 am

Yay for 626 food :) I love scallion pancakes! Had some the other day from a Asian-style cafe–it came with curry though? I had it plain though — enough flavor by itself :)

13 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

mmmm curry pancakes – WHERE?!?

14 prasouda diet January 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

Those pancakes look fantastic!

15 glidingcalm January 4, 2012 at 6:01 am

this post made my mouth water

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