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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.

            2. Bun Rieu at Xinh Xinh in Chinatown is my latest craving.

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              1. re: nasilemak

                Had a bowl afew weeks ago. They didn't have it when they first opened but I think their version is better than Nam Vang's excellent version.

                I'm ready ror a return trip.

                I also like the house made dumplings in the soup at HKE, with duck or pork

                1. re: 9lives

                  I realize this is not really in the OP's category (no soup, and not in Chinatown, but it *is* a personal bowl of noodles with a hearty meat sauce) but I wanted to give a shout-out to the uncommonly good jia jia mein at CHung Shin Yuan in Newton (weekends lunchtime only)...

                  1. re: barleywino

                    (listed on the menu as "Chinese Style Peking Meat Sauce Noodles")

                    1. re: barleywino

                      Thanks barleywino - we actually are thinking of heading to Chung Shin Yuan this weekend!

                      1. re: y2000k

                        ok-- if you haven't ordered them before, get the spicy steamed ribs w/ rice flour too (and of course the fried cruller w/ soy milk) PS as you may know, you usually have to get there before 11:15am if you want to get in for the first seating

                        1. re: barleywino

                          We very much enjoyed our lunch at Chung Shin Yuan today! We did get the Ja Jiang Mien which was great. Thanks for the rec!

                  2. re: 9lives

                    Nam Vang's bun rieu used to be very good. If Xinh Xinh's s better, I'm there. Thanks.

                2. Love the pho at Xinh Xinh, as well as their mi vit tiem (roast duck noodle soup).


                  1. Does it have to be Chinatown? I'd definitely say roast duck & wonton noodle soup at HKE (though I miss the days when I could get beef tendons in that too). If it were anywhere in Boston, I'd add Sakurabana's nabeyaki udon in there too.

                    After that it would be the bun bo hue from Dong Khan or at Xinh Xinh.

                    1. Had been a dedicated HKE fan for a while, but recently tried the one at Vinh Sun and liked it more, better broth, better wontons, and oddly, I liked the bbq pork better too. Haven't done further comparisons, but will be back.

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                      1. re: Zatan

                        Someone, probably here mentioned that Vinh Sun was opened by the people that used to own Bo Shek..acroos the street and 1 of the early bbq places.

                        I've had their bbq pork strips and duck; thought they were very good..sounds like there's a bowl of soup in my near future.

                      2. is the pho at xinh xinh better than pho pasteur

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