Liang's Kitchen (a.k.a. Mama Liang's) opened this week to early crowds at the 99 Ranch-anchored plaza on Walnut and Jeffrey in Irvine, the reputation from its established restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley preceding it.
Liang's specializes in Taiwanese “country” or “village” cooking, and is specifically known for their niu rou mian, beef noodle soup, in which they produce their own handmade, knife-cut noodles to swim in a spicy beef broth populated full of gelatin-rich tendon to chew on.
Other noteworthy items: wontons in spicy sauce, beef rolls, and pork chop rice.
As for Takaraya, the Japanese take-out joint that it summarily replaced? Gone and forgotten.
Liang's Kitchen, 5408 Walnut Ave., Ste 1, Irvine, CA 92618
*Thanks to Brekkie Fan for the tip.