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Feb 27, 2009 06:20 AM

Your Favorite Bowl of Noodle Soup in Chinatown

Tell me your favorite, please.

I'm always torn between the Tom Yum seafood noodle soup at Penang, vs Pho at Xinh Xinh, vs braised beef tendon noodle soup at Gourmet Dumpling House, vs any cantonese noodle soup at Hong Kong Eatery.

What else is good out there in Chinatown?

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    1. I agree the pho at Xinh Xinh is good in general, but I specifically love the curry chicken with vermicelli.

      1. I currently like the duck/roast-pork/shrimp-dump noodles at HKE, but I realllly miss those hand-pulled doughy noodles from Noodle Alcove! Mmmmmmmmmmmm nom nom nom nom.

        What is the Braised Beef Tendon noodle soup at Gourmet Dump. House like?

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        1. re: Prav

          The beef tendon noodle soup has a thick flavorful beef broth, a bit spicy. The tendons are very, very tender. What I like about it is the broth is not overly salty or loaded with MSG, something which I have encountered elsewhere in the past (resulting me in drinking a gallon of water afterwards and excessive sleepiness).

        2. I love all the versions of pho at Xinh Xinh, too, but their Banh Mi Bo Kho (beef stew with French rolls) is not so frequently seen and is a rich and satisfying wonder. The curry chicken version of this is also very nice.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I've had Xinh Xinh's beef stew, but with rice noodles instead of bread. Super super tasty, but it's an oil bomb. there's a lot of oil sitting on the surface. Don't get me wrong, I love me my oily soups, but you pay afterwards.

          2. i think it's a tie between hu tieu nam vang at pho hoa (rice noodle, fish cake, pork paste, sliced pork, crab meat, squid and shrimp -- plus the crucial soft-yolky quail eggs) and the shredded beef with long hom peppers noodle soup (i get shanghai-style noodles). there's a frightening ratio of peppers to everything else.

            Gourmet Dumpling House
            52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

            Pho Hoa
            17 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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            1. re: liuliuliu

              You sold me with "frightening ratio of peppers to everything else". I'm headed there the next chance I get.