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4.0 miles from Woodland Park Zoo
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

so-its snowing and nothing is open-and it's Lunar New Year so all my fav places are closed-so I tried a new one in my neighborhood-not easy to reach-in small strip mall on Aurora Avenue North & 135th--bur worth every prior disappointment with other places--fabulous noodles,...dry and wet-this is just my first time but. I will be back!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 21, 2019

Not sure why this place gets bad ratings but I've been here a number of times and each time I've loved the soups! Great beef, chicken and lamb soups with a lot of other classic dishes to choose from.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Soup noodles is all they serve and the various soup broths are very good. This hidden restaurant is a diamond in the rough that mostly serves the local young Asian crowd and employees of nearby storefronts. Food is 3-4 stars but the physical environs is...a 2 star. Not a place to bring your date. It would be appropriate for a quick lunch break when working or shopping. The "rough" part is described below. The owner and chef don't seem to exhibit much pride in their offerings. See below about luke warm noodles. Lunch for one before tax & tip is $11-$14. Back to the food. We ordered two different soup noodles. The classic beef soup noodles and the slice lamb soup noodle. All of the choices come with either rice noodles or wheat noodles. Both soup broths were rich and well balanced. The beef soup was not spicy at all. The star anise flavor of the beef soup was moderate and not overpowering. the lamb soup was not overly 'lamby'. The flavor of the meat was deep and full, like real bone broth. No perception of any MSG. Both soups noodles were served WARM and not hot. The soup may have been simmering but with the addition of cold, pre-cooked noodles, it went to the table warm. The cook should've dipped the noodles in boiling water to bring them up to temp before putting it in the soup broth. Suggest the rice noodles for the softer mouth feel as opposed to the firmer wheat noodles. Serving size was appropriately large and filling. The beef was tough, as in, "toothpick required afterwards" tough. It needed about 2-3 more hours of simmering. The sliced lamb was very tender. Delightful. We ordered the "Add Vegetable" for an extra 75 cents. Well worth the money. We were rewarded with a good quantity of baby Bok Choy. If you like cilantro (aka Chinese Parsley) the soup come garnished with it. If you don't like it, make sure to ask for no cilantro. The soup also comes with quite a bit of chopped garlic shoots. This is VERY mild tasting and doesn't taste like garlic at all, more like tender baby leak. Very nice touch. The "rough" part of this diamond is the overall presentation of the restaurant. Very LOW BUDGET. The tables and chairs look like something picked up at a used restaurant supply auction. The walls were sloppily slathered with one thin coat of paint with big drippy globs all over the chair rail, floor, etc. The "painter", obviously blindfolded and using a wide course brush and roller, didn't even remove or mask off the outlet covers and light switch plates or mask off around the base of the restaurant sign. Paint everywhere it shouldn't be and not where it needed to be. Wow. Didn't even want to visit the restroom, suspecting the bathroom might be a horror show like an ARCO gas station... I'll let someone else review that. Wait staff was unenthusiastic and low energy. Never offered us any tea refills. Didn't even ask if we wanted water.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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