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Aug 17, 2010 05:00 PM

Noodle Palace

There's a new place in Santa Rosa called Noodle Palace, and it is excellent. Their focus is on noodle and rice bowls, and they keep it simple and cheap. I love it and hope everyone else does. Please check it out.

1310 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa (where the MI Rancho used to be)

I posted a quick version of their menu here:

Noodle Palace
1310 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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  1. what did you try from this menu?

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    1. re: Cynsa

      I had the C9 (rare beef and tripe), most excellent and tender. My friend had the B27, I only tasted the BBQ pork, but it was really good.

    2. Two weeks ago I finally had a chance to stop by here. The printed menu focuses mainly on Vietnamese and Thai noodle standards. But looking at the white board with daily specials, the offerings were a tour of Southeast Asia. I noted several Laotian items and asked the owner if this might be a Lao restaurant. She laughed and said that she herself was Cambodian and her chef is Laotian, so they cook across the map.

      From the white board, I ordered the Laotian kao poun (also spelled khao poon or khow pun). Here the mild tomatoey broth includes coconut milk and the bowl comes already piled high with sprouts, shredded cabbage and cilantro, rather than served on the side. Actually I asked for a plate so that I could push some of the vegetable garnishes aside, as this was more than I would add myself. Underneath there I found a load of curly pieces of pig uteri, a couple thin slices of pork liver, and some chocolate-colored cubes of velvety pork blood dancing with the thin rice noodles. A squeeze of lime and some chile paste tempered the sweetness of the bowl to my taste.

      I enjoyed this and the price was rock bottom. I'll be returning to try more things. She suggested that I try the green curry next time, if I want to try something that's Cambodian style here.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I've never eaten there before. It's good to know that there's a new place for Asian noodles. However, it's a shame that they would add the garnishes for you because khao poon is traditionally served with the vegetable garnishes on the side so that the person gets to choose their own garnishes and how much to add. That's how khao poon is served in Laotian homes.

        1. re: yummyrice

          Hi there, we've missed you!

          Thought you might be interested in the Lao restaurant I found in Charlotte, North Carolina,

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Aww you're too sweet, Melanie! I missed talking about food with my fellow Chowhounders so I'm glad to be back on Chowhound. I noticed several awesome new posts by you since the last time I had posted on here so I decided to join in on the fun again. =)

            From what I've read, you've become quite the expert on Laotian cuisine now! Kudos to you and your adventurous palate. I don't get to travel all that much so I've never been to Laotian restaurants in other states. So in a way I'm now learning from YOUR experiences, too. =) What were you doing all the way in North Carolina??? I'm jealous of your travels!
            If I'm ever in Charlotte, I'll definitely check out that new Laotian restaurant. So far, it seems that your taste buds are compatible with I trust your recs on Laotian cuisine.

            1. re: yummyrice

              Lucky for me, I've been in the "accelerated class" of Lao cuisine under your tutelage! I was eating barbecue across the great state of North Carolina, and with Charlotte home to many from Southeast Asia, I had a chance to get my Asian food fix in and sought out this spot. If you have time, I hope you'll take a look at that thread, the photos, and add some comments as you see fit. I'm sure the local 'hounds would enjoy hearing from you.