9 Course ~ Cantonese Noodlemania - Chinatown

  • December 18, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Rice noodles... Wheat noodles... Mung bean noodles... Egg noodles... Dumpling noodles...

The humble Chinese noodle dishes are so under rated. There are THOUSANDS of Chinese noodle dishes and most of the other international noodle/pasta dishes were derived from the Chinese dishes including the Japanese ramen, Italian pastas etc. So this evening, I'd like to introduce you to several varieties of Chinese noodle dishes.

Every dish will have a unique flavor, taste and texture from the expensive XO sauce, to the flavor loaded classic black bean/garlic sauce, to the sweet/sour flavoring of the Tomato beef pan fried chow mein dish. The noodle dishes will vary widely in the taste, texture and shape! To make this a balanced meal, I've added a whole duck, a group favorite of the shrimp and some veggies with the exotic and expensive XO sauce.

I just dined at Boiling Crab and paid $60... and everything tasted the same... Boring!!! I don't know why there is such a huge buzz and so many people willing to wait 1-2 hours to eat there...

Hop Li is a solid restaurant for everyday family dining. It's not a place to impress a date or to admire beautiful food art presentations. They don't have an exotic or huge menu... Just good food at great prices. They love our group and this is why I keep coming back here. When my parents and uncle where still around, I used to dine here with them nearly every Thursday... for over a decade!

The restaurant will waive corkage fees so please bring a bottle of wine or champagne. If you don't bring wine, but share someone's bottle, please offer to pay them for the wine they so generously share with you. If you bring wine and wish to be reimbursed... if they don't offer, please feel free to estimate a fair cost for sharing your wine. If you wish to not receive any reimbursement, you have that option as well. (But it's Easier if Everyone brings a bottle of wine) I may bring a bottle of sparkling wine as that is just what I like to drink with Cantonese cuisine... Noodle dishes always symbolize health, long life and it is a mandatory dish when celebrating someones birthday or Chinese New Year.

COST: This menu will cost about $15 or around $20 including tax and tip. I will collect the money before we begin dining and when you pay, you will be given a wristband so I can quickly identify who's paid. After the bill is paid, I will refund any excess money to each member. Please bring cash to pay your share of the meal. Max seats will be 10 per table.

WAITING LIST: No more seats will be added we have 5 tables.

Refundable Deposit: $4.50 refundable deposit will be required to RSVP to this event. If you attend this event or un-rsvp 2 or more days before this event, you will receive a 100% refund. No shows or late arrivers really mess up this banquet family style dinners. So please use your best efforts to attend and arrive on time. If you un-rsvp, please note that all refunds will be made the day after the event.

This menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Assorted Wor Wonton Soup chicken, shrimp, b.b.q. pork, baby scallop & vegetables
  • BBQ Pork Lo Mein - Soft wheat noodles with a brown gravy
  • Tomato Beef Chow Mein - Pan fried egg noodles
  • Dry style spicy garlic & black bean beef chow fun
  • Seafood Wor Yee Mein rice noodles (thin white noodles)
  • Shrimp w/Honey Glazed Walnuts
  • Whole Roast Duck
  • Sauteed Fresh String Beans* with spicy xo sauce
  • Desserts Oranges, fortune cookies
  • Hot Green Tea

Won ton soup to kick off this meal is very satisfying on a cold winters night. Then we will in these several noodle dishes and in addition to the noodles, I've added some veggies, a whole roast duck and a shrimp dish... all favorite dishes that our members love! This is part of the Chinese culture of eating a balanced meal of carbs, proteins and veggies. These banquet style dinners allows us to taste/savor/enjoy the many unique flavors in one meal instead of just getting a bowl of ramen or pasta...

Cantonese cuisine has well over 250,000 dishes/recipes and we are lucky that the cuisine has been marginalized due to the cheap, crappy Chinese takeout joints that seems to have put a low ceiling cap on the prices of Chinese Cantonese cuisine.

Drinks not listed above add $3.00. If you order a soda/coffee from waiter, please pay the Table Captain $3.00/drink.

There's plenty of free parking on the street a block away, metered parking, a couple of spots in front of the restaurant and there's the FREE Hop Li parking lot across the street for about a dozen cars so early birds might get the great parking spaces. Arrive early (before 7:00pm) for your best parking options.




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  • Brent

    Fun night with good food.

    December 19, 2012

  • Marie C.

    There certainly lots of us eating oodles of noodles.

    December 19, 2012

  • Gourmet Y.

    Yummy and inexpensive.

    December 19, 2012

  • karen

    Thanks for an enjoyable and well organized event. Friendly people, good food, good time.

    December 18, 2012

  • Darrell

    I've refunded everyone's deposits! Happy Holidays!

    December 18, 2012

  • Darrell

    Thanks everyone for attending. I hope you enjoyed the meal and company and perhaps made some new friends. Happy Hoidays and please drive safely... no texting while driving... That is far more dangerous than most people realize.

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • Lee

    The duck was great.

    December 18, 2012

  • Andree

    Mmm....Hop Li! Thank you Mr. Lee for putting this together!

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lee and I are meeting at Traxx around 6:40-6:45, if anyone wants to walk with us.

    December 18, 2012

  • Jasz

    Is everyone coming in something red or green? Theme nights are fun!

    December 18, 2012

  • Darrell

    Everyone, please bring cash if you can. $20 should cover it excluding drinks. Free corkage if you byob... Arrive early and we can share some holiday cheer!!!

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in carpooling from the Rosemead , Arcadia or anywhere in the SGV? Let me know ASAP

    December 17, 2012

    • William

      Are you driving or am I driving?

      December 18, 2012

    • William

      It's easy to just go to Pasadena metro link and go that way. I want to do that, but haven't decided yet

      December 18, 2012

  • Lee

    Is anyone taking the metro from Universal City.

    December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks so much Sandra!!

      December 18, 2012

    • Lee

      I do love the spirit of hospitality that is going on here. Wow, it is amazing to me that there are still good people around with sincere intentions.

      2 · December 18, 2012

  • Bella

    Anyone want to carpool from the south Bay area? Let me know. Thanks.

    December 18, 2012

  • Joel R.

    I'd like to join (I'm on wait list now). How can I do this (& pay refundable deposit)?

    December 17, 2012

    • Darrell

      Just rsvp yes and it will let you make the deposit

      December 17, 2012

  • Darrell

    Hey Wait Listers... There's one seat open here and 3 seats open on Asian Foodies... http://www.meetup.com/Asian-Foo...­

    December 16, 2012

  • Leanna S.

    Hi, I have already RSVP, Yes and taking 2 guest.

    December 12, 2012

  • Darrell

    Okay... this is really the last table... 5th table added!!!

    3 · December 12, 2012

  • Jessica H.

    Thanks for adding the extra table!

    November 18, 2012

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