Flatiron Lunch: Bao Noodles Does Good Soup

Every Friday we go south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.

_MG_0845 - Version 2The other day, I was feeling under the weather and in need of some hot soup. After perusing various menus, I settled on Bao Noodles (on 2nd btw. 22+23rd), which Clay recommended back in August for their lunch specials. Unfortunately, I ordered this meal on Seamless, where apparently the lunch special is not offered (so long, free starter). But I settled on Saigon Style Egg Noodle Soup (Mi Saigon): egg noodles with slices of pork, squid, quail egg, shrimp, garlic, chives, and bean sprouts in chicken broth ($9.95).

The meal came with the broth in one container and the additions in another, which I appreciated greatly. I think the pork may have actually been chicken in my version, but all of the ingredients came together well, and it ended up being a huge portion (enough for 2 meals). The noodles were springy, the seafood was tender and not overcooked, and the quail egg was an interesting addition that I don’t normally expect in noodle soups.

This soup warmed me up and immedately alleviated my cold symptoms (helped along with a generous squirt of sriracha), definitely recommend for a sick day.

Bao Noodles, 391 2nd Ave (btw. 22+23rd), 212-725-7770

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