It Takes a Village to Raise Big FlavorsColumns Lite Bites
March 31, 2013
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Leah Friel
From its appetizers, soups and salads to meat, seafood and noodle dishes, every menu item at Little Village Noodle House is a must-try. But before you place your order, be sure to look up at the chalk-board of about a dozen original, limited-time offerings.
Among the recently added specials are Salt and Pepper Squid ($12.95), which is deep-fried for a crunchy exterior while the meat is nicely tender inside; and U-10 Scallop Mushroom Bok Choy ($17.95) consisting of super jumbo size scallops, shiitake mushrooms and baby bok choy in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce.
There also is Duck Leg Ramen ($11.95) with Japanese ramen noodles and freshly-made fish broth, and served with mustard cabbage, shiitake mushrooms and a very tender and flavorful quarter-leg that has been roasted and braised for at least three hours.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Little Village Noodle House has been open for more than 12 years specializing in traditional Northern Chinese-style cuisine with an American twist. The menu features many signature dishes such as Honey Walnut Shrimp, which is the restaurant’s No. 1 best seller, followed by Orange Chicken and Chef Chan’s Special Fried Rice. Also popular are Pot Stickers, Green Onion Pancakes, Dried String Beans, Pan Fried Beef and Salt and Pepper Pork Chop. For customers with special dietary needs, vegetarian substitutions are available, and the restaurant doesn’t use any MSG.
Little Village also recently started serving Shangri La, an award-winning freshly brewed flavored iced tea.
With the Downtown business district just blocks away and late-night hours (including to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays), there’s a constant flow of customers ranging from business professionals to families and friends, as well as tourists who make the venture into Chinatown. The interior is not your typical Chinese restaurant, with guests walking through the door and stepping into a ‘little village’ complete with bridges and even sounds of birds chirping overhead.
“I think the thing that separates us, besides the food, is our very friendly service and atmosphere,” notes company vice president David Chang. “For our longtime customers, please come back and rediscover the restaurant; and for new customers, come and give us a try.”
Little Village Noodle House
1113 Smith St., Chinatown
Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Friday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.