101 Noodle Express

Best Shandong-style Beef Roll, August 2012

Each element bundled into this burrito-like staple from eastern China is important. The wrapper should be flaky and thin; the filling of slow-cooked beef shank, subtly aromatic; the “condiment,” neither too hot nor too sweet. 101 Noodle Express has mastered all three, especially the critical last ingredient. While other places achieve delicate exteriors and richly flavored meat, none nails the sauce that gives 101’s beef roll its celestial smack. » 1408 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra. Also at Westfield Culver City, Culver City; 1025 Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.