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Family-Style Dinner at Sweethome Grill

  • Nov 6, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.

Photo from Gastronomy Blog

CASH ONLY! Preferably in Small Bills.

One reason to be socially media savvy is sometimes you'll find out about restaurants that you previously never heard of. I was on Instagram (You can follow me on Instagram here) and saw a picture of a bowl of noodles from blogger, FoodGPS and the restaurant name listed with the picture was Sweethome Grill. Intrigued by the name, I went online to learn more and the first thing that came up that Sweethome Grill was Number One on LA Weekly's list of Best Handmade Chinese Noodle Restaurants in Los Angeles. The article starts with the following introduction:

There are few things in life better than a bowl of authentic and properly-constructed handmade noodles. Even in the San Gabriel Valley, it's hard to find a noodle place with the real thing, made by a seasoned chef trained in China. We've encountered some: Kam Hong Garden from Shanxi, Sweethome Grill from Henan, and Shaanxi Gourmet from Shaanxi. Noodle making is a dying art form; chefs who can properly make a bowl of mian stand out.

The classification of Chinese noodles, a Northern China (bei fang 北方) specialty, gets complicated. Handmade can mean a lot of things: hand-kneaded, hand-pulled, hand-torn or knife-cut. The knife-cut variety (dao xiao mian 刀削面) originates from Shanxi, and is made by shaving off a kneaded piece of dough with a small blade. The hand-pulled version (la mian 拉面) is a Lanzhou delicacy and is crafted by repeatedly stretching the dough. Noodles need to be kneaded for long periods of time to get a chewy consistency.

Then the article goes into their top 10 list and I have to say that many of them are perfect for future Pleasure Palate outings. :) Finally, it's all about Sweethome Grill.

Though the establishment has been open for just three months, it's the intricacy of the broth at Sweethome Grill that caught our attention. Noodle soups can be cumbersome to eat after a while, especially since they're so heavy in carbs and loaded with spice. But somehow the people over at Sweethome make them just right. The chef, who hails from Henan, has been cooking for 20 years and is classically trained in the art of noodle making. (He immigrated to the United States in 2005; according to owner Alex Ho, all the employees are from Northern China.) Sweethome Grill's standard beef hand-pulled noodle soup ($5.59) is a complicated mix of long, chewy strands of thick noodles paired with lily (jin zhen cai 金针菜), sweet potato noodles (hong shu fen 红薯粉), cilantro and seaweed (hai dai 海带). The noodles are long and the ideal balance between soft and chewy. The broth is stewed with lamb, chicken and beef bones for 10 hours before it's served -- which gives the broth its unique flavor.

Based on this, we're definitely going to order soup to share, but the "Grill" part of Sweethome Grill also means that it's not just about noodle soup at this restaurant. There are also a variety of grilled skewer items like lamb, beef sparerib, chicken, corn and mushroom as well as barbecued fish, oysters and clam. On the menu are also a selection of cold dishes like noodles, cucumbers and eggplant. In fact, click here to see their menu.

Overall, I think this is going to be a tasty meal, so I hope you can join me. To see photos of some of the dishes we may be ordering and learn more, check the links below:

Gastronomy Blog

Naked Sushi Blog

Yelp Reviews

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