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Sep 25, 2007 09:25 AM

best spicy Asian noodle dish in DC area

Looking for a recommendation for a one-bowl meal. Where should I go for the best bowl of spicy Asian noodles in the area? Soup or dry, Korean, Thai, or Sichuan, rice or wheat noodles -- whatever you think is the most memorable bowl (or plate) of spicy noodles. Thanks!

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  1. Spicy beef noodle soup at Bob's in Rockville. Large (you probably won't finish it, especially if you get the delicious thick and chewy round noodles) and, in my experience, blow your sinuses out for a month spicy. Six bucks, i think. Especially fantastic in the cold weather.

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    1. re: Geoff

      That sounds great. Is the place Bob's Noodle Bistro, 305 N Washington St,

      1. re: david kaplan

        yep - sorry, didn't include the place link.

        1. re: Geoff

          Even better than Bob's Spicy Beef Noodle Soup is nearly the same dish at Joe's Noodle up the block!

          N16 Beef Noodle Soup Szechuan Style

          Joe's Noodle House
          1488 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

          1. re: DanielK

            Had it there and got 2 whole pieces of beef. lol. The flavor was ok though. AJ's also have them but it's not spicy. It's a real lost art to make those noodles the right way.

      2. re: Geoff

        Is Bob's 88, across the street and down the block, related to Bob's Noodle 66?

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Same owner. I've only been once, liked it. different style, of course, since it's mostly (not entirely) shabu shabu.

          1. re: Geoff

            Bob Liu is in fact in residence at Bob's 88 Shabu Shabu more than Bob's Noodle 66 these days. And, while 88 on the surface appears to be mostly shabu shabu, in fact I think the Taiwanese cooking is better there these days than at 66!

            Bring 3 friends, and do the "family style" dinner for 4 off the Chinese menu. You'll have to ask the waitress for the English translation page - they don't normally have it in the binder they bring to the table for the menu! If memory serves, the dinner is $58.88 for 4 people, and it's 6 or 7 courses with plenty of choices for each course. Waaay too much food, and it's a crime that this comes to less than $15/person.

      3. Pho Cyclo in Annandale- they have a spicy version of that I am talking about it I might go have some tonight myself!

        1. The Chengdu noodles at Hong Kong Palace in Seven Corners. Served room temperature. Perfect texture. Get out your handkerchiefs.

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            1. re: Steve

              Intriguing. What are Chengdu noodles?

              1. re: david kaplan

                Served in a red oily sauce. Typical Sichuan dish. Some noodle dishes are supposed to be served cold (like these), but I don't like them 'ice box cold' as served in many places. These are closer to room temperature and have a wonderful texture.

                1. re: Steve

                  This sounds like what a Sichuan place near my home (Z & Y Garden in San Francisco's Chinatown) calls dan dan mien: thick wheat noodles in a chili oil sauce. Lots of sesame paste and ground meat, too. Do the Chengdu noodles have sesame, and Sichuan peppercorn?

                  1. re: david kaplan

                    Also at Hong Kong Palace, a divine ground (minced) pork with vermicelli in a spicy red sauce, my favorite asian comfort food. Also on the menu -- half a dozen soups with noodles, including a braised beef noodle soup. Excellent. Haven't tried the other five -- yet.

                    If you decide to go there, make sure to ask for the traditional (or Sichuan) menu. Otherwise you'll get the standard Chinese-American version.

                    1. re: ciaohound

                      Is that the dish sometimes called "ants on a tree?" Sounds similar. Have loved it elsewhere.

                      1. re: david kaplan

                        Indeed it is the same. This is not the best version I've had, but it is close.

                    2. re: david kaplan

                      Yes, to Sichuan peppercorn, though I don't think there is any sesame paste involved. Anyway, the flavor, heat, and texture are always perfect.

                      My favorite accompaniment to the Chengdu noodles is a 'golden corn and egg' dish that helps absorb some of the heat.

                2. re: Steve

                  I tried both the Chengdu and dan dan noodles at Hong Kong Palace. The texture of the Chengdu noodles was amazing. I probably like the sauce on the dan dan mien better since the meat and sesame add richness, but the dan dan mien are made with uninteresting dried noodles.

                  I suppose my ideal would be the dan dan mien preparation made with the noodles from the Chengdu dish.

                  Thanks for the recommendation!

                  1. re: david kaplan

                    Thanks so much for the report back. Whenever I've ordered the dan dan noodles, they serve them warm/hot, which seems like a mistake.

                    I never understood cold noodles before, until eating the Chengdu noodles at HKP, so I'm glad you liked them.

                3. veg 06 at Mandalay in Silver Spring (ordered spciy)--wide, flat noodles, tofu, romaine, yellow beans--served on a plate instead of a bowl, but certainly makes a meal.

                  1. On Sunday, I had a great bowl of noodles at the lunch counter at Korean Korner (grocery store in Wheaton). Don't remember the Korean name (although I should, since this is one of my favorite Korean dishes), but it is comprised of noodles, squid, a couple of vegetables, and hot peppers. The menu is numbered; this dish is number 9.

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                    1. re: Lori D

                      I think you are talking about Jjamppong. You can get that in most Korean noodle counters like the ones in H Mart or Lotte.

                      1. re: dpan

                        No, not jjamppong.

                        I think it's Ojjingeo Bokkeum (gook soo?)

                        I don't think the food counter in HMart has it, but the counter at Super H might. Don't know about Lotte, since I almost never go there.