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Jun 19, 2013 04:04 AM

Ark Chinese Restaurant in Alameda

Sightseeing in Alameda searching for Victorian house colors... dinner at Ark Chinese Restaurant at 1405 Park Street for fresh hand-pulled noodles and Braised Egg Tofu, two favorite dishes here. The braised egg tofu is a creamy custard and unlike any tofu dish I've ever tasted.

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  1. I haven't been yet but a friend whose palate I trust says Ark is the best Chinese restaurant in Alameda.

    1. I absolutely adore the beef noodle soup with the hand-pulled noodles. Beef-y, rich broth, very tender beef, amazing, chewy noodles and bok choy to lighten it up a bit. I should try something new but always want the soup. Perhaps next time I'll try that egg tofu...

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      1. re: hilrock

        I always get that soup as well.

        The egg tofu sounds fab.

        1. re: hilrock

          I haven't been back to Ark lately. While their hand-pulled noodles were amazing to eat (and to watch while they make it), the beef and broth were at best mediocre compared to the other places in the South Bay (e.g., Queen's House in downtown Mountain View). I remember telling my friends disappointingly how I wish their beef and broth could measure up to their fresh noddles. By the way, I think the best Cantonese restaurant in Alameda is K.H. Perhaps East Ocean holds promise but I've only had dim sum there (many many times).

          1. re: vincentlo

            K.H. = Khanh Huong on Lincoln?

            I've just had their BBQ and Pho Ga, both of which I enjoyed.
            Khanh Huong Chinese BBQ and Pho Ga
            1707 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA

            1. re: drewskiSF

              Yes. They officially change their name (at least on their printed menu) because they said too many people had trouble pronouncing or remembering their English name. Also, they told me they have tanks back in the kitchen to keep live seafood, which is not printed in the menu. It's actually a great and affordable place to get live Cantonese-style crab, fish, surf clams, etc. Just ask the server.

              1. re: vincentlo

                Cool. Will need to explore more of the menu

        2. We've had very good dinners at The Ark, and those chewy noodles are worth going a tad out of the way. Once went with a huge family group and they readily made vegetarian versions of several dishes to accommodate many of that gathering. The kids loved to watch the noodles being made, as well as the fruit carvings.

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            1. re: Cynsa

              Yup, and the variation is amazing.

              1. re: Kayde

                This chef is an award-winning fruit carver.

          1. you'd probably enjoy the house made doufu dishes at Saigon Seafood Harbor in Richmond (half block north of the Pacific East Mall).

            1. Try the Garlic Noodles and the Spicy Garlic Green Beans. For the omnivores out there, the Cumin Lamb is great and the Sweet & Sour Pork has a lot more sour than I've experienced anywhere else. I'd eat here a lot more often if I didn't seem to always come on a day when they were closed for dinner or on vacation.