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Noodle Soup

barryg Nov 13, 2010 09:46 AM

As the weather gets colder, I start to crave one of my favorite comfort foods--big bowls of noodle soup. Usually of the Asian variety, as it is hard to find meal-sized bowls of soup at other kinds of restaurants. Here are some of my favorite, please add yours so I can explore some new places. Non-Asian places would be great too, and any meal-sized soup with or without noodles is relevant to my interests.

Pho Ha, 4th & Washington - Pho
Pho Hoa, 11th & Washington, Pho, clear seafood soup
Nam Phuong, 11th & Washington, pretty much everything
Heng Seng, S. 7th St btwn Jackson & Wolf - Phnom Penh Noodle Soup (I like to order with rice noodles and "dry")
Kavei, 4th & Oregon, Cambodian sweet & sour soup -- not sure of the real name
Nan Zhou, Race St btwn 9th & 10th, any of the soups, I prefer the shaved noodles
Sang Kee, RTM, Chinatown, other locations, roasted duck and vegetable soup

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  1. scoopG RE: barryg Nov 13, 2010 02:25 PM

    Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles
    927 Race St.

    Still going strong:

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      paoli40 RE: barryg Nov 13, 2010 07:01 PM

      Love Pagoda Noodle House . . . right near the Ritz East theater.

      Noodle House
      2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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        rocknroll52 RE: barryg Nov 14, 2010 04:31 AM

        My husand raved about a "3 day beef noodle soup" that is a special at Ray's in Chinatown.

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          ramenbound RE: barryg Nov 14, 2010 07:20 AM

          This is totally different from the brothy soups that are likely to dominate this thread, but the cold weather always has me craving the soondubu at Jong Ka Jib. Without a doubt, the premier go-to for soondubu in Philadelphia.

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            barryg RE: ramenbound Nov 14, 2010 07:34 AM

            I love soondubu! I have been to Jong Ka Jib, but it's not very convenient to me most of the time. I have family in that area, though, and I always forget about this place--next time I'm nearby, I'm going to hit up, thanks for reminding me.

            I've had soondubu from Miran downtown, it was not great. Anyone one know if the other downtown Korean places do a good job?

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: ramenbound Jan 10, 2011 06:11 PM

              Thank you for this place. Did not know it, went tonight and it was a great experience, thanks again

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              FattyFatMan RE: barryg Nov 14, 2010 04:07 PM

              Taiwanese beef noodle soup at Empress Garden in Chinatown

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                LPhila RE: barryg Nov 16, 2010 06:41 PM

                Ting Wong wonton noodle soup. the best wontons!

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                  VTRP RE: LPhila Nov 17, 2010 06:17 AM

                  Does a decent noodle house or noodle soup exist out here in the burbs?

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                    VTRP RE: VTRP Nov 17, 2010 06:24 AM

                    I'll follow up by saying i've had a decent spicy Jampong from Korea Garden in Blue Bell.

                    Korea Garden
                    1720 Marlton Pike E, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

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                      cwdonald RE: VTRP Nov 17, 2010 06:26 AM

                      For Pho the best in my opinion is Vietnam Cafe in Telford.

                      Other Vietnamese options in the suburbs include Pho Thai Nam in Blue Bell and Saigon on Main in Lansdale.

                      I am sure there are other parts of the suburbs... especially Vietnamese. However I am not aware of good chinese hand drawn noodles in the suburbs..

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                        VTRP RE: cwdonald Nov 17, 2010 06:48 AM

                        I think i'm going to try to hit up Pho Thai Nam tonight. I think its chilly enough for a nice big bowl of Pho.

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                        Hungryin theBurbs RE: VTRP Nov 17, 2010 06:43 AM

                        Pho and Beyond in Willow Grove is very good. There is also a great korean noodle house, right on the corner of Oak Lane Rd. and Cheltenham Avenue (not sure if this is Elkins Park or Cheltenham). I don't know what it's called, the sign is in Korean. It's a tiny little place, but tasty.

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                          barryg RE: Hungryin theBurbs Nov 17, 2010 07:06 AM

                          I've seen this place--what's good there?

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                            Hungryin theBurbs RE: barryg Nov 17, 2010 07:25 AM

                            I have to admit I haven't been in a while, since my husband had to start eating gluten free. Assuming it hasn't changed, though, I always like the "brown gravy" dishes. Apparently, this is some kind of regional specialty and not easy to find everywhere. It's not a soup, but noodles in a thick sauce. The spicy seafood soup is good too.

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                            seagulls1 RE: Hungryin theBurbs Dec 9, 2010 11:27 AM

                            We call it open hot dinners. As that is what the only signs were.LOL.
                            It now has a sign that reads Noodle House. It is very good very reasonable. Older Staff does not speak English too well but t c are so very nice it becomes fun.y

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                            yummykimmy RE: VTRP Dec 9, 2010 08:42 PM

                            not sure what burb you are in - but Bamboo Noodle House in Frazer is yummy.

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                            paychecktoday RE: LPhila Nov 17, 2010 09:45 AM

                            +1 for Ting Wong's HK wonton noodle soups w/Roast Duck.

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                            malkazanie RE: barryg Nov 17, 2010 09:26 AM

                            I will be paying close attention to this thread, I love big bowls of noodle soup. Nan Zhou and Sang Kee are definitely at the top of my list.

                            I've been reading about ramen for weeks now, and I'm constantly saddened by the lack of ramen places in Philly... anyone had any luck finding a decent bowl of ramen anywhere (other than Morimoto for lunch)?

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                              barryg RE: malkazanie Nov 17, 2010 09:29 AM

                              The Tampopo location in West Philly makes decent ramen, but their CC locations don't have it. Someone could make a killing off a decent ramen joint in CC.

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                                malkazanie RE: barryg Nov 17, 2010 09:44 AM

                                I know... it's outright depressing reading about the ramen scene in NYC and knowing we have nothing even close down here.

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                                Buckethead RE: malkazanie Nov 17, 2010 09:39 AM

                                Izumi makes several fantastic bowls of udon noodles, they only serve them at lunch though.

                              3. paychecktoday RE: barryg Nov 17, 2010 09:43 AM

                                Any of the Pho 75 restaurants; i think the one on washington ave is the best one of them all.

                                If you want to stay outside the city for some Pho, for 'burb soup shops, i'd suggest Bamboo House in Malvern and W. Chester and Green Papaya in Exton (I'd stay away from Le Saigon, their sister place in Paoli). Little Saigon and Cafe Anh Hong by the 69th Street terminal aren't bad either for their pho either if you're in the area.

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                                  barryg RE: barryg Dec 7, 2010 12:06 PM

                                  Bad news, Kavei is closed. It's now Iron Wok Peking Duck & Noodle House. They have Chinese style noodle soups on the menu, very similar offerings to Sang Kee but with more noodle choices. I tried the roast pork and roast duck soup. Definitely good and satisfying, but this is a loss. It's nice to have a real Chinese food option in South Philly, but Kavei was unique.

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                                    ramenbound RE: barryg Dec 12, 2010 12:18 AM

                                    Any shout outs for non-Asian soups? I would love to know places that do good sandwich/soup combinations.

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                                      barryg RE: barryg Jan 16, 2011 05:06 PM

                                      Recently tried the chicken soup at Hardena in Newbold. Incredibly good Indonesian Penicillin. It's light on the noodles but not on meat or flavor.

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