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Great Food at Low Prices - Review by Carolyn K | Mike's Noodle House

Mike's Noodle House

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Great Food at Low Prices 3/22/2007

Mike's Noodle House is one of those "Finds" in the International District that you want to share with all your friends. They serve up tasty Noodles and Congee - a thick, yet watery rice porridge - which they serve plain or with a variety of meats & "spare parts," i.e. innards like fish maw, pig intestines and stomach at a good price. They have two types of dumplings - Won Ton or Sui Kow - both which are authentic and very flavorful. The Won Ton has the usual pork & prawn (shrimp) meat, while the Sui Kow has the former, plus the "extras" that are found in Sui Kow. The "extras" need not be uniform - some places use black mushrooms, some black fungus, some use fresh spring onions, etc. etc. Mike's has strips of black fungus and the distinct taste of a flavorful, aromatic dried and salted fish (some year, I'll find out what it is in English or scientific terms). Mike's also features a small selection of ala carte items - the deep fried "Chinese donut" reminiscent of a beignet without the sugar, steamed veggies, etc. and a stewed beef (and tendon) that is also flavorful. Examine the sauces and don't be timid about asking for a small plate in which to pull out your dumplings for dipping. I recommend the pot of chopped chillies which is flavorful and not mouth burning hot (if taken in small quantities). Enough to enhance the taste of what you eat without burning off the roof of your mouth (your personal mileage may vary). For the adventurous, try the Sampan Congee which has "everything" including peanuts on top. Order the donuts. Those are eaten with the Congee. If fish isn't your thing, don't do the Sui Kow. Otherwise, I've been there many times and have not yet once been disappointed. For the ones who prefer to play it safe, there's always the noodles with stewed beef, Won Ton and plain pork porridge. Prices are in the $5 to $6 range and tea of course, comes free. The portions are not huge but satisfying for the small / medium appetites. The place is small but clean, the waitresses harried but impeccably dressed, and smile as you are seated with a complete stranger. ;) Individual tastes differ, but I highly recommend it. Oh... and visit the neat little Tea place that just opened up beside it. It's like a little Treasure House full of Chinese tea paraphernalia. more
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