Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Apr 27, 2012 09:19 AM

Best noodle soup near Queen & Spadina?

Am in search of a relatively healthy noodle soup with vegetables, preferably without a lot of MSG. Could be veggies and rice too, but prefer the soups. Any suggestions? Tx.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Goldstone Noodle makes a great soup IMO. They will make it anyway you like. Swatow has been too sweet for me in recent visits, while their noodles are spot on!

    2 Replies
    1. re: justsayn

      +1 for Goldstone. I've been going for years and years. Have yet to be disappointed!

      1. re: gttahaveit

        Another +1 for Goldstone. Nicely lit space due to the wrap around windows, too.

    2. my go to is king's noodles, how does it compare to goldstone's?

      so far from my experience the goldstone's meat has been mushy.... i also find the consistency of the noodles at king's to have the right amount of bounce/al dente-ness.

      4 Replies
      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        I never get meat in their soup. How does the broth compare?

        1. re: justsayn

          so you just order noodles and soup? nothing else in it?

          i don't really consider what they do at any of those places broth... it's just msg base with some of the right stuff.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            I get it with dumplings, noodles and greens. The broth takes on the flavour of all the dumplings, noodles, greens, etc that they cook in it.

            1. re: justsayn

              ok, then i don't see how that's any different at king's. the soup base is what they warm up everything in, i'm sure it's a fairly standard way of doing things. i do it at home for myself.

      2. Swatow beats everybody hands down, not even close.

        1 Reply
        1. re: aser

          Unless one finds the Swatow broth to be much too sweet, as I do...

        2. Bun Saigon on the west side of Spadina south of Dundas has great reliable pho with delicious broth. Though I've not scientifically analyzed it for MSG, I've never heard anyone complain about it. Their "bun" which is basically really vermicelli rice noodles with stuff on them (lame description, sorry) is stunningly delicious as well. They all come in many variations, ie beef, veggie, chicken, etc. Friendly and fast service.