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Do Not Order Chinese Food At A Vietnamese Restaurant

I’ve been blogging for awhile and I’ve been eating for my entire life, but I don’t claim to actually know anything about food. I just like it a lot. And even though I don’t know much, there are a few food-related rules I follow. One of them would be to not order chinese food at a vietnamese restaurant. I warned J, but he did not listen. And that’s how he ended up with the worst sweet and sour chicken dish in the world at Anh Hong Pho & Cafe. I tasted it and it was sort of strangely sweet but not sour at all. And I didn’t taste the chicken, but he said it tasted like processed chicken product, not even real hunks of chicken. It was just bizarre. And the onions were pretty much raw. Not good at all. In fact, it was bad.
I ordered the pho with brisket. Oh dear. This is the fattiest and gristliest “brisket” I’ve ever had in pho. And frankly, this meat was hard to eat and hardly worth eating. It really was mostly fat. And the broth was pretty mediocre. So I can’t particularly recommend this place for pho. It’s just not the pho for me. But let me say it again, their vermicelli bowls are awesome. And I will get those over and over again here. But the pho? Skip it. And definitely skip any of the chinese dishes!

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Nan Zhou

When it gets cold out, I want nothing more than soup and noodles. What better place to get my noodle and soup fix other than Nan Zhou? I had a concert to go to at the Trocadero, so when in chinatown, take advantage!
There’s nothing mysterious about this food. It’s made simply, with the best made ingredients, at unbelievably low prices. When you put good broth and delicious hand drawn noodles together along with some meat and a few veggies and garnishes, you can’t really go wrong.
It’s a nice alternative to pho when you want something a bit different. If I lived in chinatown, I’d eat here way too much.

Nan Zhou Hand-Drawn Noodle House on Urbanspoon

Shanghai Mama’s – Cincinnati

For my last night in Cincinnati, I was craving pho. I felt like crap, it was super cold, and I just wanted a hot bowl of noodles in some soup. But apparently, there are no vietnamese spots in Cincinnati. At least not near me at least. So I went for a quick walk to Shanghai Mama’s. This place is really cool looking, in a strange sort of way. It’s dark with lots of red, and I keep thinking opium den. Ha. They’re open late on the weekends so I’m sure there are lots of characters there at 2 in the morning.
I asked the bartender what he recommended and when I told him I wanted a noodle soup, he recommended the rib noodle soup. The ribs were just fine, and so was the soup, but these noodles were amazing! From the texture of these, I could totally tell these were fresh and handmade. I asked the bartender if they were handmade and he confirmed that they were. I told him to tell whoever made the noodles that I was a big fan. I didn’t realize until just now that the menu said “featuring homemade noodles”. Now it all makes sense! This is quality stuff. If you’re a noodle whore like I am, then stop here!

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