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Noodle Bowl Festival Comes to Los Angeles

Tsujita's Adachi-style tsukemen will be on hand at the first Noodle Fest (Photo by Krista Simmons/LAist)
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A question we often get as food folks is, "what's your favorite thing to eat?" It's nearly impossible to answer in one single dish, but for us it all boils down to noodles. Wether it's Italian paparadelle, German spaetzle, or Thai khao soi, we can't get enough. Which is why this new food festival that's rolling into town has us so excited.

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a gaggle of L.A.'s finest noodle-slingers will be putting together a soirée over at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica showcasing their finest carbs.

Din Tai Fung, the iconic San Gabriel Valley purveyor of soup dumplings, is making Taiwanese Niu Rou Mian, otherwise known as beef noodle soup. They'll be joined by Rodded, a 40-year family-run restaurant in Thai Town, who will be making their traditional duck noodle soup made with stewed duck and bean sprouts in a cinnamon soy broth. And our absolute favorite noodle shop Tsujita will be brining their excellent tsukemen dipping noodles and their addiction-inducing pork broth, which gets its richness from being slowly simmered for 60 hours.

In adition to the traditional Asian noodle purveyors, a few chefs will be putting their spin on flour and water. Maximiliano’s chef and owner Andre Guerrero will be doing a Filipino chicken noodle soup inspired by his mother. Chef David LeFevre of M.B. Post will do his own take on oxtail and beef brisket pho. Our buddies from Seoul Sausage Co., the winners of the third season of The Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race," will whip up Korean army noodles called budae jigae using spicy pork Seoul Sausage, braised pork belly, rice cake, ramen noodles, and roasted corn. Whist's own Tony DiSalvo is preparing kimchi sujebi, a traditional Korean noodle soup made with handmade dough.

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There will be beer, of course, provided by Singha. And some cocktails form Karlsen vodka, too. Part of the proceeds will go to My Friend's Place, a Hollywood-based charity dedicated to assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

The festival will take place at the Viceroy Santa Monica on Sunday, February 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $45 per person through January 31, and $55 per person until the date of the event. They can be purchased here.