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Apr 27, 2010 06:56 AM

Where to Find Best Asian Soups?

Watching Man vs. Food the other night and saw a place serving huge bowls of Pho? or Ramen soup. They looked unbelieavable - loades with veggies, great noodles and thin meat slices. Where can I find this kind of soup in the Boston to Boston North area? Thanks!

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  1. Yo will find lots of great asian rest. in the Lowell area:
    Pho 88 is just off Rt. 3 in Drumhill (Lowell) for awesome pho
    Tepthida is closer to downtown and fantastic cambodian soups - best tom yum soup ever!

    South East Asia used to be one of my favs but I haven't been in a while:

    My all time addiction is in Billerica & Framingham - Sichuan Gourmet - they have a fantastic wonton soup with chili (as well as others);

    Lowell has quite a few places that do a wonderful job with that pho, we love pho 88.

    East Asia Restaurant
    868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

    Sichuan Gourmet
    502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

    Pho 88
    1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

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    1. re: lexpatti

      It's a little out of your way, and not a noodle soup, but one my favorites is the White Hot & Sour Seafood Soup for 2 at Sichuan's Garden, on Waverly Oaks Rd in Waltham.

      I've had White Hot and Sour at Taiwanese places before, (most recently a vegan one at Formosa Taipei) but this is special. It's loaded with crabmeat, white fish, shrimp and scallops. Almost a meal unto itself.

      The rest of the menu is unremarkable (and not very Sichuan), but I will go just for that. It's a big big space, larger than Changsho in Cambridge. Pretty popular around lunch I suspect. The buffet is also open at dinner, which is popular with the older Belmont/Waltham crowd.

      It's just one of those suburban Chinese places that you would drive by a million times and never think to go in. I just had a hunch it would be worth it. And it is, by a hair.

      But the soup is amazing.

      Sichuan's Garden
      411 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452

      1. re: tatsu

        Good hounding. I always wondered (idly) about that place. Could one person put away an order, or is it vast?

        1. re: tatsu

          Interesting. Ive been to that SIchuan garden in waltham and never had anything very remarkable. Tried menu, takeout, buffet over the past 10-15 years..

          1. re: hargau

            I completely agree about it being unremarkable, but the White Hot and Sour Seafood Soup just suckerpunched me. The last time that happened I was coming home from college and stopped on 80 in the middle of Pennsylvania. I ate fried chicken from a cumberland farms gas station I think. It was AMAZING, I'll never forget it. Turns out that they were these Amish chickens and the manager really really knew how to fry. (The same chickens I would eat more than a decade later at Tori Shin in NYC, the best yakitori place in the US, if not the world!)

            Just try the soup and tell me what you think.

            The soup is for two, so I guess it's about a quart, which makes sense, you get about 6-8 servings. It's pretty big! That and some rice for one, you could be all set. But it will take-home just fine I believe. It's served in a sort of hot pot with flanges and set in a ceramic bowl. I like to call it the "chinese canteen-tureen" ha ha.

            1. re: tatsu

              I should also add the last time I was there, I custom ordered vegetarian tofu black bean chow foon, which they did for me pretty well actually. I will often custom order dishes at chinese places that I suspect are holding back for the typical clientele.

              You should check out the website, it's hilarious:

              Make sure you got the volume up and click a few links. Ridic

              1. re: tatsu

                Most excellent craptacular web site. I particularly like vertigo inducing pictures that wiggle back and forth when you drag the mouse around.

      2. Puts in a vote for Ken's Ramen House..

        Ken's Noodle House
        1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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        1. re: okra

          try dorchester for great vietnamese soup including pho and can chua - sunrise cafe on dorchester avenue is my favorite

        2. ask for the "birthday noodle soup" (not on the menu) at Jo Jo Taipei (assuming it hasn't changed since the chef left for Formosa Taipei)

          JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
          103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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          1. re: barleywino

            Shangri-La, Belmont, has several excellent noodle soups and in fact most of the good Chinese places in town have one good noodle soup or another.

            149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

            1. re: StriperGuy

              You guys are the best! I'll work my way through the list! Thank You

          2. It's not pho or ramen, but I had some great soup at House of Tibet Kitchen in Somerville a few weeks ago with daikon, chicken, carrots and some homemade pasta that was kind of like mini-gnocchi. They usually have a few different kinds of soup on the menu.

            House of Tibet Kitchen
            235 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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            1. re: blink617

              I just had the thantuk (Tibetan soup with tofu, noodles, snow peas, scallion) from House of Tibet Kitchen for dinner tonight, and it was excellent.

              House of Tibet Kitchen
              235 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

            2. Xinh Xinh, Vietnamese in Chinatown, makes a lot of good soups but 1 of my favorites is Bun Rieu..crab roe and tomatoes, veggies, noodles in a light broth. .worth a try

              Xinh Xinh
              7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111