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Noodle soup in Chinatown tonight?

y2000k Nov 12, 2008 09:10 AM

I'm going to the Shubert theatre tonight, and figured I can get a cheap dinner in Chinatown beforehand.

I can't quite decide where to go. I like any type of noodle soup, as long as it's not too salty or too much MSG. I recently had pho at Xinh Xinh, so probably will pass on pho for tonight.

I am thinking of Penang. I have only been to the branch in Philadelphia, but I assume the Boston one also has the Tom Yum Seafood noodle soup?

Any other suggestions? I went to Hong Kong Eatery several months ago and had a BBQ pork (char siu) noodle soup. The pork was way too lean and dry and I totally regretted going there.

Oh, I'll be dining alone, if that makes any difference.

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    mwk Nov 13, 2008 05:37 AM

    Have you thought about Shabu-Zen or Kaze? It's not quite the same as ordering a bowl of pho or soup, but the end result is the same. Both places are quite good and I don't remember the broths as being overly salty.

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    1. re: mwk
      yumyum Nov 13, 2008 07:16 AM

      Went to shabu zen recently and remembered how much I love that dining experience. Broth not too salty. If you get the udon with your meat / veg, you'll be happy.

      1. re: yumyum
        y2000k Nov 13, 2008 09:07 AM

        I didn't realize you can dine there solo. My previous experience with hot pot is that it's a group affair - either with friends and/or family.

        Anyway, I did end up going to Penang and ordered my favorite Tom Yun Seafood noodle soup. I love the flavor there. A bit salty, but it's a huge bowl with lots of squid, shrimp and squid.

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          yumyum Nov 13, 2008 09:29 AM

          Yep -- everyone gets their own hot pot, so there are often single diners at the counter. The guy eating alone next to me and my friend brought his own special dipping sauce which was interesting. Staff didn't bat an eye.

        2. re: yumyum
          Wannabfoode Nov 13, 2008 11:38 AM

          I'd second the shabu zen rec. I love how you can choose exactly what you want. I like to get extra chinese broccoli, dumplings and then split our meat options: usually chicken, ribeye and shrimp. I prefer vermecelli to udon, but thats just splitting hairs.

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        eguyinnyc Nov 12, 2008 10:29 AM

        HK Eatery is NOT good. Try a Taiwanese (Shanghainese ??) place on Beach Street, with Blue awnings, it is opposite Chau Chow Restaurant.
        They serve a tasty spicky beef noodle soup or try their tan tan noodles.

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        1. re: eguyinnyc
          y2000k Nov 12, 2008 10:53 AM

          I think that's Gourmet Dumpling House, right?

          I thought about it, but am concerned about the saltiness of the beef noodle soup. Any comments?

        2. galangatron Nov 12, 2008 09:42 AM

          xinh xinh has many tasty noodle soups besides pho

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