RUN don't walk to Hai Ky Mi Gia - great noodles in Eden Center!
Once again, my wonderful Vietnamese hairdresser has come through with a great recommendation! First, she recommended Present Restaurant way before Tom Sietsema reviewed the place and now, Hai Ky Mi Gia in Eden Center!
The noodle place is located in the far corner of Eden Center (the corner closest to the Liquidatiion Store), INSIDE the mall, i.e. it is not one of the restaurants facing the street parking. It is the first restaurant on the right once you go inside.
Try to go early - this place fills up quickly. For first timers, order #6 or #1. Try it dry (with the soup on the side)....there's a delicious sauce on the side that you add to it and you can also add a few spponfuls of soup into it:
egg noodle with duck (Mi Vit Tiem, AKA “#6”)
egg noodles with shrimp, squid and pork (Hai Ky Mi Gia Dat Biet, AKA “#1”).
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6678 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA
I had the duck soup. It comes with a whole leg quarter, skin on. What really sets this soup apart is the tenderness and deliciousness of the duck. It came apart with a nudge from the chopsticks. The broth rivals other very good duck soups in the area. In all, this place is a real find. Thanks for pointing it out!
The duck was in the soup but I don't think it's a duck soup. It tastes like an all purpose broth that goes with Cantonese egg noodles. The duck itself is quite tender and that's a good thing since the only available utencils are chopsticks and soup spoons. Unfortunately I'm not a big fan of egg noodles (I keep trying but I never really like it). They also didn't have cha gio at 10:30 a.m. After the bowl of soup, I went to Nhu Lan for a #1 sandwich. It's the first banh mi from Nhu Lan for me and I only ate about half of it. The veggies were crunchy and nicely marinated but the meat by-products were not particularly flavorful. I don't go to Eden Center very often and when I do, I enjoy strolling around. The place is a trip. Bars blasting disco music at 11 a.m. with sleepy looking bartenders.
yeah this place is really good.. best mi i've had.
also, if you go across the hall to cafe mirage, they have THE best bo luc lac and bo tai chanh in the area, hands down. i dunno if the owner speaks english though... and it's not a restaurant in the normal sense.. you won't be getting it with rice or anything. the dishes there are more for nibbling on when having beers with friends.