Beef noodle soup at Noodle King

The Best Chinese Beef Noodle Soups in Los Angeles


Clarissa Wei

Beef noodle soup, known as niu rou mian, is the epitome of Chinese comfort food. Found all throughout China and Taiwan, it’s a beloved dish that takes hours to make. Beef shanks must be slow-cooked for hours before they achieve their creamy texture. Noodles must be chewy, and most importantly, the broth must be rich and sustainable. Traditionally, the noodles are paired with a heaping of pickled mustard greens, which offers a crisp, sour contrast. Spicy is customizable and in some joints, used extremely liberally. It makes for a sustainable lunch or dinner and thankfully, there are plenty of places in Los Angeles to get your fix. Here are our picks.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Donelle Dadigan


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Visitors should set aside at least an hour to explore the museum, which includes Max Factor’s world-famous make-up rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball became everyone’s favorite redhead. Displays include everything from Max Factor’s unique “Beauty Calibration Machine” to Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter’s cell from The Silence of the Lambs.

“My mother was an educator, my father was an educator, and I was an educator,” says Dadigan. “So my mother and I, we realized - harkening back to our times of being school teachers - that the best way for us to get our children and our students to be interested in the subject that we were teaching was that we had to entertain them. If we entertain them, they couldn’t help but open their minds to what they were being taught.”

She continues, “So we felt if we take that component and put it in a museum, showcasing what we think is the number one export of Los Angeles - Hollywood - we couldn’t help but have an opportunity for visitors from all the around the world to come and see this.”

Mount Malindang Pork Ribs & Riblets at The Park’s Finest

Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

No matter what anybody claims, grilled meat is not barbecue. Other restaurants call items BBQ when the meat has clearly been roasted. Barbecue requires slow-cooking meat with wood smoke until the protein becomes infused with flavor. With that in mind, here are 10 of the best smoke-buffeted stops in Los Angeles.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Dieter Foerstner


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Dieter Foerstner, the Head Brewer at Angel City Brewing in Downtown Los Angeles, is carrying on the tradition of his great-grandfather, who brewed at some of L.A.'s historic breweries.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Maria Paredes


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Maria Paredes, a long time team member at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, represents the thousands of unsung heroes in the hotel industry who make guests want to return to a particular hotel again and again.

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L.A.'s Global Cultural Museums


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Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and there are spectacular museums throughout the city that reflect this global influence.