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2406 California St. (Fillmore St.) Send to Phone
Popular noodle house offers affordable bowls of noodles, soups and starters from nearly every corner of Asia.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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: It would be hard not to feel happy and carefree inside one of these popular and affordable Pan-Asian noodle shops. Bright, bountiful reds color the d├ęcor from the cupful of chopsticks on all the tables to details like oversized fans, lanterns, and Asian toys. High-energy staff bustle between roomy tables. The menu seems large for an affordable noodle spot and covers most every corner of Asia. Start with chicken or vegetable summer rolls plump with cellophane noodles and mint with a spicy peanut dipping sauce on the side. Its version of french fries is made of tofu, spiced before hitting the fryer and arriving with three accompanying sauces. Chinese-style dumplings are filled with chicken, mushrooms, and scallions, which get a hit of sesame and ginger from their sauce. The ever-popular pad Thai is loaded up with prawns, tofu and fried egg. The Thai green curry offers mein noodles with bamboo shoots and peas in a rich sauce. Noodle soups include pho---a mix of tofu, bok choy, carrot, and scallions in a spiced, gingery broth. For dessert, try the ice cream balls wrapped in soft rice flour pastry called mochi.
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