What do we consider of when we hear a word “noodles”? Spaghetti and meatballs? Beef stroganoff over Creamettes?
Lately, my mind wanders true to noodles of a Asian variety. Rice noodles, hand-pulled noodles, boiled noodles, noodle soups — these flavor-forward, mostly burning dishes are what we crave.
If we tend to hang with rice dishes when you’re eating Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai or Cambodian, here’s a peaceful poke to sequence something different.
Here are some of my favorite Asian noodle dishes around town.
Cantonese Fried Noodles and Golden Chow Mein: I feel like we can’t stop articulate about this dish, though a Cantonese boiled noodles during this small West Seventh emporium are value a praise. Thin egg noodles are boiled until frail and served underneath several proteins, though we like a popping-fresh shrimp and frail pea pods, bathed in a gravy that softens adult those noodles customarily a right amount. It’s customarily served on a dine-in menu, substantially since it loses something when it sits for a bit. $11 for a apportionment that simply feeds two; Golden Chow Mein: 1105 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-228-1276; goldenchowmein.com
Bun Salad with Chicken and Eggroll during iPho by Saigon: Pho seems like an easy thing to offer on this list, though as a continue warms, I’ll instead be longing this salad, a bottom of that is skinny rice noodles. Order a toppings we cite — we customarily get a combo so we get one of their torpedo egg rolls and some meat. The salad is crowded of vegetables, too: immature lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and quick-pickled carrots and jicama. A salty-sweet-spicy fish salsa vinaigrette finishes things off. $8.45; iPho by Saigon: 704 W. University Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8751; iphomn.com
Cheng Heng Kor Koo Noodle Soup: If you’re a pho fan, we should get yourself to Cheng Heng and try this ultra-rich gas and rice noodle dish. There are chunks of beef fry floating in it, as good as some vegetables, though as with pho, this Cambodian specialty is all about a broth, that is a ideal brew of umami, green and spicy. If we like it spicy, supplement a small of a chili oil from a small tubs that lay on each table. Large, $7.50; Extra vast $8.50; Cheng Heng: 448 W. University Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5577; facebook.com/ChengHengRestaurant
Bali Bali Ramen during Tori Ramen: All a ramen during this small small pork-free storefront is subsequent level, though this is a one we dream about, generally on a cold day. They supplement tahini to a broth, that gives it a abounding and silky hardness and eccentric sesame flavor. Ground chicken, Korean chili sauce, tingly szechuan peppers and a slow-cooked egg finish a pretty-as-a-picture bowl. $13; Tori Ramen: 161 N. Victoria St., St. Paul; 651-340-4955; toriramen.com
Kaisen Yakisoba during Kyatchi: These Japanese buckwheat noodles, boiled and tossed with a sweet-salty sauce, frail cabbage, scallops and shrimp and surfaced with a soft-cooked egg, are definitely craveable. We like them as partial of a common plate that includes tolerable sushi, beef skewers and a potion of consequence or one of a restaurant’s overwhelming Japanese-whiskey formed cocktails. $15.50; Kyatchi: 308 E. Prince St., #140, St. Paul; 651-340-5796; kyatchi.com
Pad Kee Mao during Mango Thai: It’s a sneaks-up-on-you piquancy that coats a far-reaching rice noodles in this plate that keeps me entrance behind for more. It’s like pad Thai on kicky steroids. There are also pieces of eggs and vegetables, and we supplement whatever protein we prefer, though a noodles and salsa are a genuine stars here. $11.95; Mango Thai: 610 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-291-1414; mangothaimn.com
Dan Dan Noodles during Szechuan: Listed as an appetiser on a menu, these springy, chewy hand-pulled noodles are coated with a spicy, tasty sesame salsa and totally count as lunch, if you’re me. I’m indeed facing a titillate to go get some as we write this. $8; 2193 N. Snelling Ave., Roseville; 651-633-3113; szechuanmn.com