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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.

              2. I love noodle soups, my favorite food. For the Chinese and Taiwanese end of things, these are typical dishes I enjoy:

                HKE or Great Taste Bakery & Rest.- classic cantonese noodle soups such as wonton noodles (shrimp wonton, egg noodles - look for the thin-ness and crispness of the noodles - it should be the opposite of toothsome), fish ball noodles, siu gao (dumplings), beef brisket (or with tendon) and any such combination. Can add roast duck or roast meats on top too. You can also substitute the egg noodles for broad rice noodles (just ask for fun vs. mein).

                Taiwan Cafe - I really enjoy their seafood rice cake noodle soup (may not be exact Englilsh translation). Nice and light, and I love the chewiness of rice cakes. I know they have a variety of noodle soups (as do the other Taiwanese joints), which I haven't tried much. I can't get away from ordering the rice cakes.

                I personally am also a big fan of udon and some of the southeast asian noodle soups, but it's been a while since I've had the renditions at Ginza, Suishaya, Penang or Montien, so I honestly can't say anymore how good their dishes may be (or if they're even still on the menu!). They may be worth checking out though, if you really want to explore all the options in Chinatown.

                16 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
                63 Beach St, Boston, MA

                2 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                1. mi vit tiem (roast duck leg noodle soup) at xinh xinh
                  beef satay noodle soup at asian garden
                  wonton noodle soup with roast pork or roast duck at hong kong eatery
                  beef brisket or beef tendon noodle soup from vinh sun
                  wonton noodle soup with roast pork or roast duck at vinh sun
                  roast duck noodle soup at chau chow city and east ocean city

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                  1. re: galangatron

                    I also like the beef brisket noodle soup from Great Taste

                    Great Taste
                    201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                    1. re: gourmaniac

                      Just FYI, you can request beef brisket PLUS beef tendon noodle soup at Great Taste. It's not on the menu, but I've ordered it many times.

                  2. Not in Chinatown, but Wang's "Roast Beef Soup Noodle" is my favorite version of wu3 xiang1 niu2 rou4 mian4.

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                    1. re: lipoff

                      So much so that I just had it tonight! See the photo below:

                      1. re: lipoff

                        That pic sold me, totally going tonight on the way home from work!

                        1. re: lipoff

                          This is important information lipoff --thank you for posting. I know someone who is always on the lookout for good NRM. I'll have to give it a whirl.

                          1. re: lipoff

                            I finally tried this NRM. Sadly it has obviously gone downhill since Lipoff posted this (a while ago, to be sure).

                            The beef shin was tasty, but the veggies were just baby bok choi (not the nice pickled greens you usually see) and the broth was seriously wan. Lacking in all depth and flavor.

                            Soooo... who does the best NRM in town? The version at Jo Jo Taipei is good, but not blowing me away. Anyone?

                            1. re: yumyum

                              yumyum - to clarify, you tried it at Wang's? What day of the week were you there?

                              1. re: yumyum

                                this doesn't help but my favorite was the niu rou mian at the late wisteria house in allston

                                tender chunks of slow cooked beef, a bundle of toothsome yellow noodles, and baby shanghai choy in a hearty beef broth flavored with lots of star anise. topped with a generous handful of chopped scallions, pickled mustard greens, and a dollop of chili paste. total comfort food

                          2. should one happen to find themselves in the metrowest wasteland, one could do much worse then diving into a bowl of "noodles in house spicy beef soup" at red pepper (chong qing) off route 9 in framingham.

                            1. So I have a question about whether I can get soup like this is Chinatown here:

                              I was trying to explain that I wanted soup with rice noodles, but was directed to the chow foon, which wasn't what I wanted. This was at Kantin. I also tried at Vinh Sun, didn't ask, but saw no choice of noodles either unless you were getting fried noodles.

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                              1. re: saria

                                Just ask for "Ho Fun" as the noodle substitute when you order a noodle soup. I haven't tried ordering that at Vinh Sun, but HK Eatery certainly offers Ho Fun.

                              2. China King has a large variety of Noodle Soups.

                                China King
                                60 Beach St
                                Boston, MA 02111

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                                1. re: MeffaBabe

                                  go for the noodle soups, stay for the duck.

                                2. Just tried the Chow Foon (rice noodles) at China King and I must admit I think I like them better than the thick chewy Shanghi Noodles.