I’ve raved about the beef rolls at 101 Noodle Express but I’ve never actually done a complete post on the restaurant. We usually just order the beef rolls as take out but on my last few visits to the Irvine location, I was really tempted to sit down for a full meal because the menu has a diverse amount of dumpling and noodle soup offerings and the staff seemed really friendly.

We recently had to  attend a wedding and would be passing through Orange County and decided to stop at 101 Noodle Express for lunch.

The staff was as welcoming as I remembered and the lady taking our order was super friendly and fluent in English.

No stop would be complete without the famous beef rolls. The rolls here are huge, like burritos and at about $7 an order, it’s priced cheaper than many other competing restaurants who serve inferior rolls.

Thin slices of marinated beef, cilantro, are wrapped together with a savory chinese pancake. This alone is a meal in itself. At the table, they also have a cilantro jalapeno sauce which I highly recommend adding to the roll. It really enhances the flavor. For some reason the sauce is never included with take out orders. You have to specifically ask for them to give you a few containers.

They have quite a few steamed soup dumpling fillings. Usually the only ones I see on a menu are pork or crab. At 101 Noodle Express there was also fish, duck and a few others. I attempted to order duck but they were out. So I opted for the fish.


A few weeks ago I saw this post on Buns in My Oven for homemade oreo cookie spread. Genius!

I love Biscoff spread and Nutella spread, so why not Oreo cookie spread? I immediately had to try it out. But for some reason spreading it on some bread and eating it for breakfast seemed wrong. So I decided to make some cookie and cream scones for dessert and of course I needed to put some spread on the scones, so now I had an excuse to try out the oreo cookie spread.

The Kebab Shop

The Kebab Shop was a frequent lunch stop at my office for a while. The casual fast food eatery serves generous portions and is a nice change from the typical burgers and sandwiches fast food offerings. One of their most popular items, the doner kebabs, which resemble burritos, are huge and filling. They are also quick and portable, making them a great lunch choice.

When I found out that they opened a location in Mira Mesa awhile back, I really wanted to visit and take the FH. But it remained on my to-do list and I never got around to it. Recently, we were invited to go check out the Kebab Shop in Mira Mesa, so I finally got a chance to take FH there for dinner.

Since I’ve already had the doner kebabs, I decided to order the lamb plate. It comes with a hot dish (choice of golden fries, saffron rice, or falafels) and one salad (choice of bebe caprese, cucumber dill, Algerian eggplant, Hummus, Tabouli, Minted Orzo Zucchini, Andalucia carrots, macaroni salad, chopped Greek salad, green lentil and walnut.)