Main Noodle House’s Roast Pork Wonton Soup is Awesome
Ever since Chris H. wrote about Main Noodle House in July I’ve been meaning to check it out. So when the hankering for mapo tofu hit the other day I figured I’d head over, but before I did I decided to check Chris’ post to see if any commenters had other suggestions- and I’m glad I did.
My original plan was to just get the Mapo Tofu lunch special ($7.50), but after seeing Lunch’rs meyekull, chris82, and steveroller had commended the Roast Pork Wonton Soup I made a game time decision to add that to my lunch order as well. When I placed the order over the phone the woman asked if I wanted noodles (when don’t I want noodles?!), so I decided to opt for the most popular combination, the egg noodles.
The Mapo Tofu was about the blandest version I’ve ever had. There was plenty of tofu, lots of peas, but where was the heat. I suppose the menu says that the spiciness can be altered to taste but it seems to me that the baseline for Mapo Tofu should be spicy. Maybe next time I should emphasize that I wanted it spicy. Has anyone else had better luck with this dish here?
The soup on the other hand was a revelation. There was plenty of tender, sweet roast pork, several pieces of bok choy, bean sprouts, five wontons and egg noodles. The first promising sign was that they packed the broth and the goodies separately so the wontons, noodles and pork didn’t get overcooked. The broth was rich and chicken-y without being too salty. And the thin skinned, scallion flecked wontons were superlative. Some bites even had a bit of crunch from water chestnuts. The egg noodles cost an extra 50 cents, bringing the soup to $8.00. If you’re a big noodle fan they are a nice addition, but honestly the wontons and roast pork are the stars of the dish.
While the Mapo Tofu was a lunch fail, Main Noodle House totally redeemed themselves with the Roast Pork Wonton Soup. I will definitely be paying them another visit. Any other must try dishes? I am intrigued by the under $10 lunchtime lamb specials…
Main Noodle House, 1011 6th Ave (between 37th and 38th St); (212) 869-0888