Saturday, August 30, 2008

Time for some FUN!

Fun, as in "Noodles", that is! One of our favorite places to go for noodles is China Fun, which is located right off Carmel Mountain Road, just east of the I-15 on Rancho Carmel Drive. As you can see, they have a large neon sign out front, so it's easy to spot :)
They have an extensive menu, including many different types of noodle dishes: Chow Mein, Lo Mein, Chow Fun, Singapore Noodles, San Shein Noodles, and more. They also have such traditional fare as Kung Pao, Broccoli Beef, Szechuan Chicken or Beef, Mongolian Chicken or Beef, etc., plus an array of specials each week, some of which are even better than menu items! The kitchen is open, you can see them preparing everything, watch the flames shooting up around the woks. The guy in the photo is Tony, one of the chefs. He's been there for years, longer than we've been going and we started dining at China Fun about 12 years ago!
We of course have our favorite dishes. House Special Lo Mein, which features chicken, pork, and shrimp along with soba noodles and vegetables. Last night, on a whim, we asked that it be made with the rice vermicelli noodles, which are much was a big difference, and one we really liked. The thinner noodles made the additional meat & veggies more noticeable, I think.

We also really enjoy the House Special Fried Rice (which also has the afore mentioned mix of pork, chicken & shrimp, along with peas and carrots), and usually end up with a double order.
The soups that I've tried are all good with flavorful, yet light, broths. My favorite is #160, which is pork and Chinese cabbage with the rice vermicelli noodles.
Another dish we order frequently is the Orange Chicken. Lightly battered pieces of chicken served in a tangy orange sauce accompanied by rice...what's not to love? The bits of orange are delicious too. Plus, if you leave some sauce on your plate, it's really yummy for dipping your fortune cookies in at the end of the meal, or, if you're feeling decadent, an order of fried wontons make for a delicious dipping experience. :)

China fun serves several traditional sides (cucumber salad, seaweed salad, jellyfish salad), along with rice bowls, gyoza, egg rolls, etc. They have the usual suspects in the soft drink line up plus hot or iced tea and ball-ba tea (with the tapioca pearls in the bottom). We always get a pot of tea, plus iced water with lemon. (I think sweet drinks take away from the flavor of the food, especially the orange chicken and similar dishes.) They are open every day except Monday.



Rachel said...

Oh boy, were you right. Went for lunch and will be going back soon. I had been looking for a place around here.

Robert said...

Yummy,Yummy. I can't belive I've lived next to this place for so long without trying it. Fried rice is the best.