Hot Asian Fusion Restaurant and Bar in San Diego – OB Noodle House | Dinh Lee
OB Noodle House is an Asian fusion restaurant and bar in Ocean Beach, San Diego, and was voted the best Asian fusion in San Diego. It’s definitely a fan favorite in San Diego and I completely understand why! Everything from the food, to the drinks, to the atmosphere and the service was absolutely amazing and I was very blown away by every dish we ordered. I am very impressed with them.
We ordered a lot for our meal (which was a great decision, by the way) and ended up taking a lot home, which made for a great meal leftover the next day. We ordered Korean beef short ribs, sizzling fish, seafood and veg Hong Kong chow fun, house special fried rice, spicy garlic wings (they’re famous for that!) and tacos Asian-style pork belly (their Taco Tuesday and Thursday special). As for the drinks, we tried their melon sake and their world famous Jameson shot (which was considered a “must try while we’re here” by our lovely waiter).
Their Korean Beef Short Ribs are made with hormone-free, grass-fed American-style Kobe Wagyu beef short ribs that are marinated in a special house sauce and served with caramelized onions and rice. The flavors of the special house sauce are there! They really nailed the marinade and made the meat very flavorful and delicious. The meat itself was also very well cooked and tender, easy to bite. I wouldn’t say it melts in your mouth, but you wouldn’t expect it either. All in all a very solid dish and they incorporated the Korean flavors into the marinade perfectly!
Their sizzling fish is made with freshwater Vietnamese basa topped with caramelized ginger, scallions, garlic and cilantro. As you might expect, this dish is very aromatic and has strong flavors. If you love the smell and flavor of green onions and garlic, this dish is perfect for you. Personally, I loved how the flavors blended together to create a powerful yet clean tasting dish. It didn’t feel too heavy or sassy, it really let the fish show through, which is the most important part for me. The fish itself literally came apart so easily, it was very tender and soft and cooked to perfection.
I really didn’t expect to love their seafood and veggies as much as I do, but it was actually one of my favorites from our meal. If you like chow fun, which is made with thick, flat, white rice noodles, like me, then this will be it for you. They really nailed the traditional chow fun flavor that requires a strong stovetop fire to give it that smoky flavor we crave. The sauce they used was on point. As someone who eats Asian food in very traditional restaurants, I have to say that they really understood the authenticity and flavors of this place and I never would have expected that, but I’m so glad that they did it! I wouldn’t say the seafood really shined in this dish, although the prawns were very good, but I didn’t miss it, the pleasure of eating itself satisfied my appetite for this dish.
Their house special fried rice is Saigon-style fried rice with Chinese broccoli, beef, shrimp, Chinese sausage, egg, and vegetables with chili sate sauce. This fried rice is definitely very loaded and contains many delicious ingredients. It was a little spicy for my personal preference, but my spice tolerance is significantly lower than the average person, so I think you should be able to order it if you’re craving fried rice. They also have combo fried rice that doesn’t have the spicy sauce if you’re looking for an alternative that also includes most of the ingredients as a house specialty. But besides that, they have all kinds of fried rice dishes according to your preference.
Their Spicy Garlic Wings come in 12 (which is a lot for an appetizer, isn’t it?) and are premium jumbo chicken wings. They are marinated with garlic and spices and served with ranch. Those wings are what made them famous on TV and I completely understand why. Not only were the wings themselves super juicy and tender, but the spicy garlic flavor was fantastic! It goes perfectly with the ranch, but I might be biased because I love the ranch. These wings are the perfect appetizers to share because the flavors really whet your appetite and I mean, who doesn’t want a good chicken wing to start your meal?
Finally, for food, we had their Tuesday and Thursday taco special: the Asian-style pork belly tacos. These tacos (which probably aren’t the tacos you’re imagining right now) were featured on the TruTV show “Barmageddon”, how cool? It’s basically Korean-style grilled pork belly served in soft half-moon buns (baos) with homemade papaya salad, sriracha aioli and cilantro. These baos are very tasty, the sriracha aioli really packs a punch, but a delicious one to boot. And the pork belly is just perfect, so tender, almost melts in your mouth and has a great grilled flavor that complements the aioli sauce. I would consider these starters but they are very filling so definitely don’t eat more than one if you want to be able to enjoy all of their other amazing dishes. It comes with three in an order and you could honestly just eat all three and be full.
Last but not least, we got to try their world famous Peanut Butter Jameson Shot. This shot has a rich, nutty peanut butter flavor that really pops at the start and as you keep sipping the sweet alcohol flavor kicks in at the very end making for the perfect experience. It’s not world famous for no reason and I’m glad our server literally had us take this picture, thank you.
If you love all types of Asian cuisine, this is the place to go to get a wide variety of authentic Asian dishes in one meal, and share some great drinks while you’re there too!
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