Tag Archives: Noodles

Sangkee Noodle House

I actually really like this place, and given the relatively cheap prices, it’s not too bad. Especially on a campus where Asian restaurants have crappier food and 3 times the price. Like Han Dynasty. Or Handy Nasty.

Address: 3549 Chestnut St.  Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $7-15
Hours: Sun – Thu: 6:30am – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat: 6:30am – 11:30pm

ImageRoast Duck + Pork Noodle Soup

The camera on this phone is seriously amazing. Lumia 920 FTW.

Nom Nom Ramen & LevelUp

Aside from the ridiculous name, this little hole in the wall is actually pretty satisfying. Located in Rittenhouse Square, this place tops other ramen shops in the area, most notably Ramen Bar in University City. Prices are cheaper and the portion sizes are actually rather generous. There are 3 or 4 broths to choose from and you can add extra meat or vegetables for a small price. The only thing that was missing was it didn’t offer kae-dama which is essentially a system that offers you an extra serving of noodles.

From the Ippudo website, “When you have almost finished your first serving of noodles, order by saying, “Kae-dama, please”.  In a few minutes the server will bring you another ‘ball of noodles’, and put it in the soup. At that time, you must have enough amount of the soup in the bowl to accommodate the new noodles, that is, you shouldn’t drink much of the soup if you are going to order the Kae-dama.”

The other thing to note about this place is that it accepts only cash or LevelUp. LevelUp is a mobile payment app where you store your credit card info in the app and then scan the QR code on your phone with a special LevelUp scanner that is provided by the restaurant. No need to pull out that credit card any more! Best part of LevelUp is that every time you use it to pay, you save money and by frequently revisiting the same restaurants or frequently paying via LevelUp, you can “level up” and get even more discounts. Mobile payments are the future…

Address: 20 S. 18th St, Philadelphia 19103
Price: $8 for regular, $10 for large
Hours: Daily: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pImage
Pork Belly Buns (tasted like poop don’t get them)Image
Large Shyo Ramen

Cooking Like a Man, Eating Like a Girl

There are few things in life as #winning as cooking your own food. That’s right, we’re in the 21st century and if you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen! (translation: don’t rent an apartment with a stove if you don’t learn how to use it)

Step 1: Carbs
Because we’re Asian, our meals are based on some sort of carbs. But white rice is boring. Flied lice Fried rice is dirty. The best is noodles, but you have to dress it up or you can just go to CVS for cup ramen. So below we have used chicken breast to make the broth and added some veggies for additional flavor.

chinese thick noodles with chicken breast, cabbage, mushrooms

Step 2: Protein
If some protein is good, more protein is better. And because our Asian parents told us that fish made us smarter, we have to go with some minimalist fish filet here. Don’t go 5-star restaurant and get crazy with flavor – we actually like the taste of fresh, cooked, fish so don’t cook more than a few minutes and go easy on the seasoning. Do go creative though and find something other than salmon or tuna. Invest in a sharp knife and you can impress with some cleaning and fileting skills. From the everything-is-a-test-department: if you are squeamish over some blood & guts, how can you handle diapers & throw up?

flounder filet pieces with pepper and scallions and garlic seasoning

Step 3: Veggies
No, salad doesn’t count. Grocery stores call it bok choy, but we call it qing cai and what better way to describe it – so fresh and…green. Anyways, this is your chance to utilize your versatility because the perfect Asian vegetable dish requires a bit of stir fry, a bit of water, and a bit of closed-lid steaming to achieve perfection…

qing cai and mini shiitake mushrooms

Step 4: Dessert
Let’s be honest here: steps 1-3 was for the man inside of you, step 4 is how you nurture that food baby growing inside of you. The trick for great pie: fabulous crust. Then, be generous with the good stuff (fruit, whipped cream, cream cheese, calories) and there’s no way you can go wrong.

strawberry cream cheese pie

Step 5: The Afterparty
Assuming you “washed the dishes” correctly, why not continue the festivities out and about? Because a “nightcap” is only for 50-year-old divorcees in bad rom-coms. Remember there’s no shame in ordering a girly drink – no one wants to share your bitter-tasting manhattan….

mango soju with fruit platter in ktown

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House 美味南洲手拉面

This place is simply amazing. It looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but surprisingly clean and presentable on the inside. Good for small to medium sized group hangouts. Extremely fast service. Large portions. Fantastic hand drawn noodles.

Address: 1022 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Cheap. $6-8 for noodle soup.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am – 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am – 10pm
Cash Only

ImageImageSpicy Pork Ears (香辣猪耳)

ImageBeef Brisket Ramen (牛腩拉面)