We recently had dinner at XiangXiang noodle, a new restaurant in El Sobrante (near Pinole) that specializes in handmade noodles. We were very excited to have a good noodle place near us.
Here is what we ate:
Seasoned beef shank/tendon. Bland. Tendon was thick and chewy, beef shank was overly salty and didn’t seemed cooked properly. Just ok.
Hot and a Sour soup. Just ok.
Noodles with soybean paste (Zhajiangmain). Just ok. Some of the fresh vegetables in this were musty and tainted the dish.
Lamb stewed noodle soup. As I tasted the soup the impression I got was dishwater. My husband said it was the worst soup he can remember.
Service was good and we wanted to like the place.
The menu is huge-too huge. This place is very new and there is still time to rescue it. They need to focus on a smaller number of dishes and make them taste good.
They advertise that there are noodles are handmade, but my husband was skeptical. I thought the noodles were fine, but they need to focus on execution and broth.