Noodles are a perfect way to ring in the Lunar New Year. Representative in Asian cultures of long life, noodles are also one of the most comforting foods that I turn to – perfect in our “chilly” Los Angeles February. So when I heard that the first ever Noodle Bowl Fest would be held at The Viceroy, you could color me skeptical about the representations that would be served – until I actually looked at the participants.
They’re the noodle heavyweights of Arcadia, Thai Town and Little Osaka, but also the culinary heavyweights of Highland Park, Manhattan Beach, the food truck movement and Santa Monica. A $45 ticket (bought before January 31st, $55 after) will get you tastings of the following:
- Din Tai Fung – Niu Rou Mian, or Taiwanese beef noodle soup
- Rodded – Duck Noodle Soup, stewed duck and bean sprouts in a cinnamon-tinged soy broth.
- Tsujita LA – Tsukemen, a dipping-style ramen simmered for 60 hours served with a Tonkotsu soup
- Andre Guerrero of Maximiliano – Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup (Sotanghon Manok), chicken broth seasoned with Southeast Asian flavors and bean-thread noodles.
- Chef David LeFevre of M.B. Post – Oxtail and Beef Brisket Pho
- Seoul Sausage Co. – Budae Jigae, or Korean Army Noodles, with spicy pork Seoul Sausage, braised pork belly, rice cake, ramen noodles and roasted corn.
- Tony DiSalvo of Whist – Kimchi Sujebi, a traditional Korean noodle soup made with handmade dough
To wash your noodles down, Thailand’s Singha Beer will be served, as will a special Karlsson’s Gold Vodka cocktail called “La La Land,” with Karlsson’s Vodka, Aperol, raspberry and white pepper syrup, fresh lemon juice, fresh cucumber juice, fresh mint, and Bitter Truth celery bitters. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to My Friend’s Place, a Hollywood-based charity which benefits homeless youth.
I’ll see you at the first ever Noodle Bowl Fest. Happy Lunar New Year!