Noodle Village: Clay pot of gold, crispy rice in Chinatown
June 24, 2014 - New York
I rarely write up a review after just one visit, but I’m confident that I’m going back to Noodle Village again (and again and again).
First off, Noodle Village makes their own noodles (which were great)). Secondly, I had one of the best clay pot dishes I’ve ever had. And on top of all that? Noodle Village is reasonably-priced, they don’t use MSG in any of their dishes and they actually have good, friendly, attentive service. No wonder Yelp loves them so much. This one definitely lived up to the hype.
The Pan Fried Seafood Ramen actually had more seafood than noodles. So much that when all the noodles were gone, there weren’t just a couple pieces of extra shrimp, but there was enough shrimp, scallops, squid, and fishballs to take home and cook yourself a seafood ramen with non-handmade noodles. That’s never happened in the history of Chinatown before. And yes, that’s a good thing.
when the Spare Rib Clay Pot came to the table, it was a larger portion than I expected, and it was as tasty as it was surprisingly big. Cooked with spare ribs, black beans, broccoli, green onions, with sweet soy sauce soaking in, this version of the clay pot was easily one of the best I’ve ever had.
The dish was perfectly cooked by my estimation (take that with a grain of salt). The spare ribs had just enough fat and cartilage on them. And the rice had just began stick to the clay pot, but not enough that a little effort would easily peel a large piece of crispy, slightly-browned rice to provide extra texture to the dish. It was like a clay pot of gold. I don’t regret saying that.
I loved Noodle Village. I’m so confident in the many things it does well, that I plan on taking my mom there the next time she visits. That’s saying a lot, people.
Address: 13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
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