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Jan 19, 2007 05:19 PM

Chinatown: where to buy fresh rice noodles?

My kids like to eat fresh rice noodles, the wide kind that are rolled up and are about 10 inches long. My in-laws buy them in Philly’s Chinatown. You need to steam them before eating. Is this a common item in the refrigerated section in most Chinatown grocery stores? If not, can someone please recommend a store? I’ll be in the area tonight. Thanks!

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  1. Most big chinatown groceries, and all tofu shops, seem to have this stuff. The tofu place at the Northeast corner of Grand Street and the Bowery comes to mind as one reliable source, a block West of the Grand Street stop on the B/D.

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      1. re: i8dumplings

        The 2 old ladies who run the tofu place are a hoot!

        1. re: i8dumplings

          It's also quite shocking the amount of tofu you get if you buy a carton. 1 carton of tofu and 2 bags of rice noodles is about 2 dollars I believe.

        2. They also sell it on Mott street between bayard and pell.

          1. I also recommend the place on the northeast corner of Grand & Bowery. Be warned they do not stay open late.

            While you're there, try some of their fried rice noodles with bean sprouts - a small plate will set you back a dollar!

            1. Thanks for the rec regarding the northeast corner of Grand & Bowery. I'm not too familiar with the area, so I was heading east on Grand and ended up getting the noodles from a very small store between Grand and Elizabeth. Also run by two ladies. The cost was 40 cents per bag. I then walked another 50 feet and found the tofu store on the corner of Grand and Bowery. I'll hit that store next time I'm in town!