On September 1st, Huntington Beach, CA, will turn into a nood beach — and not exactly the kind you think. That's because Foodbeast will be throwing their Nood Beach food festival there! There will noodles galore, with over 20 vendors offering their own unique interpretations of Pan Asian-influenced dishes and noodles. To get a jump start on what to target there, here's a comprehensive list of what you can expect to chomp on at Nood Beach!
The Coconut Truck
Orange County's The Coconut Truck will be pulling up to serve Vietnamese- style garlic noodles topped with braised oxtail, crispy shallots, and black garlic confit.
Ellie's, an Italian kitchen in Irvine, CA, will be serving up a spicy carbonara with a twist. Made with English peas, this classic dish is dyed green and topped with a sunny side up egg.
Farmhouse Kitchen will be spinning out a dish called The Tornado. This cup comes full of ramen noods cooked in XO sauce (a spicy sauce made with assorted chilies and spices like cumin, tumeric, and tamarind), as well as a fried egg, Asian broccoli, and slow-cooked, candied pork belly.
The Golden Marrow
The bone marrow maestros at LA's The Golden Marrow will have both noods and non-noods dishes. Pictured above is their new Strawberry Shortcake Bone Barrow. A dessert bone marrow? Unheard of! After being grilled, they top this hearty chunk of marrow with a vanilla glaze, fresh strawberries, a strawberry reduction sauce, gold dust, mint leaves, and a piece of French toast. They'll also be serving up their garlic marrow with noodles, and a truffle marrow with noodles.
Even the deserts are noodle shaped at Nood Beach. Hug Life will be serving a Smurfberry S'mores with a nood-shaped version of their blueberry anti-dairy ice cream. Served in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, the bowl comes with roasted marshmellows, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and cinnamon graham crackers.
LaoMazing Eats has got an ode to our avian counterparts. Served on a banana leaf, the Bird's Best Nest comes with a bed of crispy noodles, quail eggs, chunks of beef, and sauteed veggies, all cooked in a savory Lao gravy.
Coming all the way down from Sherman Oaks, CA, Lettuce Feast will be featuring their plant-based comfort food. This fried chikn mac n' cheeze sandwich with a hot honey glaze will be available at Noods Beach for all our vegan Foodbeasts.
Lia's Lumpia will be combining a Filipino staple and a Japanese staple with their Pork Belly Ramen Lumpia, which is filled to the brim with Maruchan ramen noodles, pork belly, bok choy, ginger, mushrooms, green onion, and calamansi mayo. They'll also have their famed Lola's Lumpia and chicken adobo wings available for purchase.
Huntington Beach's own LSXO will be slinging a big bowl of vermicelli noodles topped with lemongrass beef, curried prawns, Vietnamese herbs, cucumber, a nuoc cham sauce, and crushed peanuts.
Not everything needs to be nood. Mealtop Cafe is sticking with what they know best: their delectable bingsu. This classic Korean desert is piled high with shaved ice and red bean paste, then drizzled with condensed milk and matcha.
Mess Hall Canteen
Mess Hall Centeen is bringing the beef with their kalbi brisket noods. After marinating the brisket in a kalbi marinade for 24 hours, it's then braised for 10 hours and smoked. After being cooled and sliced, it's tossed in a sous vide to ensure maximum tenderness. Then, it's crusted with togarashi and Mess Hall's kalbi BBQ sauce and thrown on noodles bathed in a spicy sauce and topped with kimchi, spiced pickled carrot, and daikon.
Miss Mini Donuts
Irvine, CA's Miss Mini Donut will have ginormous stacks of cinnamon sugar mini donuts drizzled in chocolate and delivered in a takeout box with crispy noods tossed in cinnamon sugar.
Monster Energy & After's Ice Cream
After's Ice Cream, innovators of the legendary Milky Bun, will be premiering their collaboration with Monster Energy. Their new Java Monster-flavored ice cream will be available, along with a couple other classic After's flavors.
Mussels and Pearls
Mussels and Pearls are rolling out grilled oysters topped with garlic, shoyu, their own cheese blend and crispy noodle strips. These massive Pacific oysters are all 6-8 inches in size, and can be purchased in a sampler pack with the aforementioned oysters along with some of their more well known oyster recipes.
Nitrolado Cafe will be premiering their Doodlenut, a savory doughnut made entirely of ramen. Doughnut options include the Tokyo Style Doodlenut, which comes with cheese, sukiyaki beef, pickled radish, and furikake, and the Hawaiian Style Doodlenut, which is topped with cheese, Spam, pineapple, okinomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, and furikake.
The Sandwich Society
The Sandwich Society is based in the belief in our beloved carbohydrates. So they doubled down for Nood Beach. They'll be serving a grilled cheese stuffed with gochujang (a Korean chili paste) tossed noods.
SeaLegs at the Beach
SeaLegs will be hosting this lovely event. The home court favorites will be dishing out a coconut shell with coconut curry noods aptly crowned with a giant prawn.
Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza Store
Noods are a worldwide favorite. Continuing with the theme of combining national cuisines, Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza Store will be serving a sheet pan pepperoni pizza where the entire crust is composed of ramen noodles.
Shomi Noods is no stranger to the nood game. They've got their recipes down, and are focusing on presentation. Take for instance their jiggle ramen, which is tossed in their house Crack sauce, topped with fried garlic, sautéed red cabbage, shredded carrots, green onion, red radish, shredded nori, and roasted chashu, and served in a vacuum sealed cup ready to be shaken and consumed.
Slapfish will be serving a Lobster Bucatini tossed in toasted brown butter and a dash of lobster bisque. Finished at the last minute with a lobster claw, whole butter, fresh parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon, and a handful of herbs, this dish is sure to grab attention.
Tastea will be working double duty during the event, serving both food and drinks. On the libations side, they'll have a guava hibiscus spritzer, only available at Nood Beach, and their PeachMe Sweet Tea, which is black tea with real strawberry and peach bits. Food-wise, they'll be serving their crowd favorite popcorn chicken.
Ten Asian Bistro
This may look like your average fair food, but it's not. At all. Ten Asian Bistro is doling out a slow braised pork belly, wrapped in Chinese style egg noodle, which is then fried crispy, dipped in Nashville hot butter, and sprinkled with parmesan. Sheesh.
If any of these options caught your eye, make sure to head out to Nood Beach, this Sunday, September 1st! Tickets can purchased at www.nood-beach.com.