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Pork Leg Stew Noodle Soup at Thai House Express - Report

I went to Thai House Express (Larkin location) for lunch just now, and thanks to Augustiner's recommendation back in May, I ordered the pork leg noodle soup.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/403503

I thought this soup was just about perfect - it's everything I'd ever want out of a noodle soup. I had had the pork leg stew before, and I knew that I preferred the leaner pieces of meat, so I ordered the soup without too many fatty pieces and w/ the wide rice noodles.

The soup was really amazing. A very generous serving of tender, flavorful, juicy stewed pork (off the bone) covered the entire surface of the soup. This was topped w/ cilantro, bean sprouts green onion and small bits of cracklings. Underneath the pork were silky, wide fresh rice noodles and lots of bits of pickled vegetable. The broth was delicious, with the pork and pickled vegetables each contributing to the overall sweet/savory flavor, making it both sweeter and more flavorful overall than the beef broth at Turtle Tower. The bits of crackling were crunchy right till the end of the bowl, making every sip beautifully textured and delicious. The only (very minor) complaint I have is that I personally don't *love* the flavor of the pickled vegetables. I enjoy them, and it's a nice contrast w/ the slightly sweet pork, but I can see how some people might not like them at all. Still, I think in this soup it really worked.

Like augustiner, I am going to have a hard time ordering other things at Thai House Express now. This soup was just too awesome.

Dave MP

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  1. Yummy. Dave, was it cracklings or fried shallots/garlic? Those are the little fried taste bombs I am used to finding in various soups. I'm gonna get this next time I go.

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    1. re: P. Punko

      They were definitely pork cracklings! Very tasty.

    2. Is there a similar soup but without pork, such as chicken, duck or veggie?

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      1. re: zippo

        They have several other soups, but I haven't tried any of them. But the duck one looks good. Here's a link to their menu on menupages:

        http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

        However, the pork in the soup I described is pretty crucial to the overall greatness of the soup - it added so much to the overall flavor of the broth, that I don't know if another type of soup could be that similar. But potentially it could be equally good.

        1. re: zippo

          As Dave MP says the pork leg stew has such a distinctive flavor that no soup made without it is going to be very similar.

          #59 Five Spices Duck Noodle Soup would be the closest thing.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Tried this on Saturday while doing some shopping in the Tenderloin. It was a very good, satisfying bowl of noodles, but I wouldn't say that the pork contributed that much to the broth. I found the lean pork to be on the bland side, but well accompanied by the chunks of pickled mustard green. I wouldn't be surprised if the same broth is used in the other noodle soups. By itself I thought the broth to be slightly weak, but with the cracklings, fatty pork skin, fried onion bits and cilantro it was quite tasty. I would have to say that my favorite parts were the pickled mustard greens and the pork skin, making what I was looking for different from the OP. I definitely plan to return.

        2. see? i had sworn to myself that the next time i go to thai house express, i would order something different, but your report is challenging my resolve.

          1. I went to Thai House Express on Tuesday and ordered this again. Just as good as the first time. There were fewer pickled veggies this time, and the noodles were fresh and not overcooked - really just perfect soup.

            One DC had the pork leg stew rice plate, which is also great, but I like the soup version better.....and the other DC had pineapple fried rice which we thought was boring.

            Dave MP

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            1. re: Dave MP

              Sounds great! Could you specify which soup on the menu you're talking about? Is this "62. Bba- Mee Moo Dang egg noodles with roasted pork"?

              1. re: charliemyboy

                It's called Pork Leg Stew Noodle Soup and it's currently only on the 'specials' menu that they have in addition to the regular menu. The specials menu is pink or orange or some other bright color. They ask what kind of noodles, and I always choose the fat rice noodles (but I think you could choose thin rice noodles or egg noodles too maybe).

                So I don't think it's the #62 that you mentioned.

                1. re: Dave MP

                  you can definitely order it with egg noodles, as that's my preference.

            2. damn you dave, i've been thinking about this post for days. and i don't think i can go try it until late this week ...