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Joe's Noodle House-What to order?

chicken kabob Dec 1, 2008 02:50 PM

I am going to Joe's Noodle house in Rockville tomorrow.
Looking forward to it...What are the "not miss" dishes???

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    Ericandblueboy RE: chicken kabob Dec 1, 2008 05:09 PM

    There are lots. Can you handle spicy? What about offal? Are you going by yourself? with friends? are you sharing? do you care about a balanced diet? do you want a noodle dish? Whatever you do, don't order a lunch special.

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      Steve RE: chicken kabob Dec 1, 2008 07:15 PM

      Too many dishes to name. but....
      shredded radish, rice cakes with ground pork, wontons in red hot sauce, peanuts with fried baby smelt.

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        DC Taco RE: chicken kabob Dec 2, 2008 05:32 AM

        There are a couple of older posts you may want to look at, but here are my faves:

        Triple Pepper Chicken
        Tibetan Lamb With Cumin
        Salt and Crispy Squid
        Ma Po Tofu
        Stir Fried Rice Cake with Pork and Vegetables
        Beef Noodle Soup Szechuan Style

        I agree with Ericandblueboy - don't order the lunch special! And, remember, Joe's Noodle House was the name of the restaurant before the present owner. It does not mean that the noodle dishes are their specialties.

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          flavrmeistr RE: DC Taco Feb 22, 2010 11:25 AM

          To this I would add:

          Chives w/ garlic and black beans
          homestyle kung-pao
          spicy fish filet w/noodles
          snow pea shoots w/garlic (in season now)
          shrimp w/eggs
          stir-fry pork w/leeks and hot peppers

        2. KWagle RE: chicken kabob Feb 21, 2010 01:12 AM

          I have to say, I've been somewhat disappointed in Joe's over the past year or so. But, I've been spoiled by places like Lao Sichuan in Framingham. The peanuts with fried smelts are an example of that; over the years they've been transformed from a bowl of fried smelts with a sprinkle of peanuts, to a bowl of peanuts with a sprinkle of smelts, while increasing in price from $5 to $7. For those, I recommend going to Seven Seas in College Park which does them quite well, for $5. And though I've had beef tripe before and enjoyed it, their preparation wasn't at all to my liking. I've also found many of their noodle dishes to be almost entirely starch.

          Having said that, I find that many of the best dishes at Joe's are things on the back wall that may (Chinese bacon with garlic scapes, which they call "garlic bean sprouts) or may not (tea tree mushrooms) be translated. Ask the woman at the counter to translate them for you.

          Hmm, the tea tree mushrooms are now on the printed menu, with bacon. I'll have to stop by there tomorrow. Anyway, from the printed menu I've enjoyed the bacon with leeks, lamb with cumin, dry-fried beef, and Sichuan "beef jerky".

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

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            alkapal RE: KWagle Mar 5, 2010 04:55 AM

            fwiw, xo taste in falls church has very small fried smelts with peanuts for about 5 bucks, iirc. i used them as a topping for the very boring ma po tofu (i know i shouldn't have ordered that dish there...). the smelts helped a lot.

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              fudizgud RE: alkapal Mar 5, 2010 06:01 AM

              Sichuan Pavillion has thebest version of this I have had

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                DanielK RE: fudizgud Mar 5, 2010 07:34 AM

                The revelation on the smelt with peanuts at Sichuan Pavilion is that it's served warm, probably right from the wok. At other places it's served chilled or room temperature, and I find SPs version superior for that reason.

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                  alkapal RE: DanielK Mar 5, 2010 02:56 PM

                  xo's was hot out of the fryer.

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                    DanielK RE: alkapal Mar 5, 2010 03:31 PM

                    Haven't made it to XO yet - my comparison was to Joe's, HKP, others.

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                      alkapal RE: DanielK Mar 7, 2010 02:03 AM

                      well, xo's are scrawny -- hot, crunchy....but scrawny.

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                        KWagle RE: alkapal Mar 7, 2010 02:43 AM

                        They're supposed to be scrawny! They are baby fish the size of matchsticks, after all.

                        ISTR that Joe's serves them hot (though it's been a few years) and I'm pretty sure that Seven Seas CP does as well. I do need to get to XO sometime soon. (Imagine, naming a restaurant after XO sauce, which isn't even anything in particular...)

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                          alkapal RE: KWagle Mar 7, 2010 02:17 PM

                          sprats are small, but come in varying sizes of small. not all of them are matchsticks!

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                KWagle RE: alkapal Mar 8, 2010 01:04 AM

                I went to XO taste at Seven Corners, whichever town that's actually in. They had the fish on their lunch menu for $7, and told me a dinner portion would be $15.95. Probably won't be eatin' there anytime soon.

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                  flavrmeistr RE: KWagle Mar 8, 2010 07:02 AM

                  Part of Seven Corners is in Falls Church, part is in Arlington County and part is in Fairfax County.

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