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Oct 19, 2010 09:42 AM

Specific Chinatown Noodle Soups

I've been on a Chinatown kick lately (can't get through a single day without daydreaming about it at least a half dozen times per meal). More specifically, I've been craving bowls of noodles as the weather gets cooler. I looked back and although there are a few posts that mention some places to try noodle soups in general, I couldn't find any that mention specific dishes which is what I'm interested in since most places that offer noodle soups have multiple offerings.

Other than the pho at Pho Pasteur which I've had a zillion times, I've recently enjoyed the Noodle Soup w/Pork and Special Mustard Greens at Dumpling Cafe, as well as the Beef Stew Noodle Soup with Spinach at Gourmet Dumpling House.

What other specific noodle soups are your favorites in Chinatown so I can try them all? Also, has anyone had a version of a Taiwanese noodle soup that comes with either deep fried pork or chicken? I had something like this in a Taiwanese noodle joint back in MD where I grew up and this dish keeps showing up in my daydreams. Suggestions for noodle soups with roast duck and/or shrimp dumplings would also be appreciated.

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  1. Dumpling Cafe has the Taiwanese noodle soup with deep fried pork that you mention. i haven't tried it but it looked good on a neighboring table. they also have pan fried wontons if you want to supplement your soup with something dumpling-like. And there's always Hong Kong Eatery for roast duck/shrimp dumpling noodle soup. The pork bone ramen (with sliced beef on top, ironically) at Q is also not bad although a bit bland/thin compared to some versions. Their beef ramen (with sliced pork on top, go figure) is more of a shoyu broth, not as rich. Be vigilant: the one time i had it, it arrived with the noodles not fully cooked so i had to send it back for a re-do.

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    1. re: barleywino

      The noodles at Dumpling Cafe were fabulous.Toothsome and I think they were homemade (slightly uneven widths of the noodles) I had a pork and snow cabbage noodle soup and we just loved it.

      I like HK Eatery but not their noodle soups. While their dumplings/wontons are delicious, I find the noodles themselves to be boring and pedestrian.

      And, it may be a bit more, but the shandong noodles at Little Q (that come with the hotpot) are also great. But, the broth needs to be worked up by the other stuff first.

      1. re: beetlebug

        i agree, the "Taiwan" noodles (as opposed to the other noodle options) at Dumpling Cafe are great, eggy noodles; had them with the minced pork with black bean sauce (jia jiang mein), ended up eating all the noodles and leaving the minced pork mostly behind.

      2. re: barleywino

        I guess you are referring to the Taiwan-Style Pork Chop Noodles Soup and Taiwan-Style Chicken Noodles Soup at Dumpling Cafe (just double-checked their website). I'll have to give these a try. I agree with the other poster above and can vouch for the house-made irregular thickness quality of the noodles at Dumpling Cafe. I also love the chopped green slaw (slightly acidic, nice and salty) that these Taiwanese noodle soups are often topped with. What is this stuff? I always want to ask for extra.

        Gourment Dumpling House's menu (which I discovered today is also online) has a Pork Chop noodle soup on their menu as well.

        1. re: Mike5966

          tried the pork chop noodle soup at Dumpling Cafe-- disappointing, tasteless broth and pork chops too sweet with crumbly breading (some soy sprinkles i think). Better off at Hong Kong Eatery for this one.

      3. Hit em all. Look at the menus in windows chow it on out.

        Places I would try, but have no data:

        Hong Kong Eatery
        Best Little Restaurant
        New Shanghai
        Great Taste
        Taiwan Cafe

        Hong Kong Eatery
        79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

        New Shanghai Restaurant
        21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

        Great Taste
        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

        1. Penang has a pretty tasty grouping of noodle soups to enjoy - Curry Mee Yong Tau Foo, Prawn Mee and Assam Laksa.

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          1. re: nasilemak

            I forgot to mention the delicious Bun Rieu at Xinh Xinh.

            Xinh Xinh
            7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

            1. re: nasilemak

              One more! Szechuan Taste Beef Tendon Noodle Soup at New Shanghai

              New Shanghai Restaurant
              21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          2. i can vouch for the awesomeness of HKE's Wonton Noodle Soup with Roast Duck.

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            1. re: ScubaSteve

              That HKE soup is next on to-do chow list. Wow. Great foood porn Scuba.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                It shall be mine as well. Mouth is watering like crazy...

            2. It's not in Chinatown, but Ken's Noodle House in Allston has some pretty solid bowls of Ramen that REALLY hit the spot for me last Saturday, when the icy wind was reminding me that summer is well over. We had "The Sapporo" miso ramen with butter, and "Kita no Kuni" shio ramen, which was as opaque and rich as a full blown tonkotsu ramen (see 2nd pic). Mmmm, I'm craving it right now.

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

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              1. re: crowdingthepan

                The Kita no Kuni is hands down my favorite bowl of "noodle soup" in all of Boston, though, as ramen, it sort of stands on its own as the local king of its own category in my mind. Garlic chips, fatty pork, crispy corn, that perfect preserved egg... and the broth, the broth, the broth... if I found out Ken used his morning bathwater as an ingredient I would still slurp it up like crazy. Thank you for posting those pictures and bringing back some delicious memories.