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foster Oct 26, 2010 02:01 PM

I am looking for Asian style noodle dishes in Baltimore. i am not concerned with authentic preparations - just tasty ones. And hopefully, cheap ones. I am craving something like what I enjoyed so at David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC. To give you an idea what I mean, here are three preparations on his menu --
momofuku ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg
bibim gooksu – pork shoulder, soy egg, sesame
ginger scallion noodles – pickled shiitakes, cucumber, menma

II went to Suzie's Soba last week to try to meet this craving. No such luck. The appetizers of seaweed salad and Shu Mei were very pleasing, but the noodle dishes were sub par.

Any other suggestions?

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    aubzamzam Oct 27, 2010 07:04 AM

    There is no equivalent in Baltimore. That being said, I think that the noodle soups at Mekong Delta are phenomenal, and you can get some above par noodle soups at some of the Korean and Japanese places around town. I have had solid Japanese noodle soups at both Minato and Matsuri, and the Korean places around 20th-22nd and Maryland can offer up some good Korean varieties of noodles in broth.

    I recently had some kimchi ramen at Nina's (Calvert and Center) that was reasonably tasty if you are in the neighborhood. Would like to try some of their other Korean items.

    I have also had decent noodles at Sam's Kid in Fell's Point, but every time I was there there was some sort of conflict between customers and the proprietor, which makes for an awkward lunch.

    Curious about Sticky Rice also in Fell's Point - anyone been yet?

    Mekong Delta Cafe
    105 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201

    1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    Sticky Rice
    1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

    1. mvjd Oct 27, 2010 03:30 PM

      i'm going to mostly co-sign on what aubzamzam said, but I felt compelled to reply, since I've been in your exact predicament, after coming back from nyc and eating at momfuku noodle bar.

      as aubzamzam said, there really is no equivalent in baltimore -- that i've found, at least. however, i will say that mekong delta is hands down the best pho in town and can spark obsession. (i'm recovering.)

      nina's ramen is also a very nice pick-me-up; i work nearby and get ramen from there when i need a quick noodle fix. i would recommend the egg ramen.

      as for sticky rice ... i grew up in richmond, where sticky rice started, and i don't remember them being known for noodle soups ...

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        aubzamzam Oct 28, 2010 05:04 AM

        Well, there is a noodle section in their online menu, although upon closer inspection there are no soup noodles...I miss Golden Gate Noodle House in Towson for the Cantonese noodle soups...and I will toss out there that I had an adequate roast pork-wonton-noodle soup at Zhongshan a few months back...

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        hon Oct 28, 2010 05:29 AM

        I wish to God someone would open a ramen house in Baltimore.

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          hon Oct 28, 2010 05:31 AM

          The Nabeyaki Udon at Matsuri is good, they have Ramen soup but I have never tried it for some reason


          1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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            mvjd Nov 6, 2010 11:41 AM

            amen!! i may have to check out chocolatea and matsuri, tho.

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            jvanderh Oct 28, 2010 01:43 PM

            Interesting-- I love Matsuri's sushi and eat it at least once a week, but I was underwhelmed by their noodles the one or two times I got them.

            1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

            1. SteviesBaby Oct 30, 2010 11:38 AM

              #1 Pho off of Rt 40 is a close second to Mekong Delta.

              1. poached Oct 31, 2010 09:58 AM

                Nabeyaki Udon at Minato in Mount Vernon is great- they have other noodle dishes as well but I haven't tried- also they have the most amazing shrimp wonton soup.

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                  shnacks Nov 4, 2010 06:10 AM

                  Chocolatea on Canterbury and 39th is a best-kept secret. They offer a small line of noodle soups that are not upscale ala Momofuku but prepared with care and crave-able deliciousness. The proprietors hail from Malaysia and their soups will reflect that. A clean udon with fried shallots, malaka laksa, even tom yum. And yes, a ramen bowl. I'm sure they would drop an egg in if you asked.

                  3811 Canterbury Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218

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                    lawhound Nov 4, 2010 12:08 PM

                    Just looked at the Chocolatea menu on line -- this sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. Hard to believe that no-one ever talks it up, given the shocking absence of good Asian food (Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Filipino, etc.) of any kind in Baltimore, other than sushi and Korean shops, and the odd Thai restaurant.

                    3811 Canterbury Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218

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