Pavan and I walked all around Chinatown in search for what I was looking for –big noodle soup bowl. I’ve been interested in the west coast noodle since my friend Jimmy raves about the Oakland Chiu Chow noodle bowls. I gotta say, there’s a lot more dim sum parlors and fancier sit-down restaurants than I’m used to for a Chinatown. So we came across this one noodle bowl place called Hu Tieu Nam Vang (or at least I think. I can’t seem to find any info or address on the Internet). I believe it was the only noodle bowl restaurant we found and interestingly it was full of European tourists that didn’t seem to know what was going on. I think they were attracted to the big photo menus on the walls.
I did find that the noodle bowls were priced about a dollar or two than you’d find in comparable NY Chinatown restaurants. I chose the Chiu Chow Won Ton noodle soup ($7.25), because it sounded like what Jimmy’s been telling me about. This bowl had duck, shrimp, pork, won tons, noodles and vegetables. A big smorgasbord noodle bowl. It was alright, but the whole time I’ve been second guessing my choice since I do love my curry noodles. However I’m sure I’d regret not trying their Chiu Chow, right Mr. Gladwell?
Hu Tieu Nam Vang Noodle Restaurant – 760 Pacific Ave (off Grant) Chinatown San Francisco.