Hot & Sour Tom Kha Noodle Soup At Chinatown’s Fat Mao


We’ve posted before about the Dan Dan noodles (above bottom) at Fat Mao in Chinatown for good reason. We’re pretty convinced that they’re the best of their kind in the city. But this post is chiefly about the bowl pictured above it. It’s a vegetarian rice/mung vermicelli noodle soup done in the hot and sour Thai Tom Kha style. The sublimely aromatic, creamy coconut base is intensely inflected with galangal, lit up with bird’s-eye chili, and loaded with enoki and shimeji mushrooms, wing beans, baby corn, and cilantro. The wolloping lot – complete with thick fist of noodles – is super impactful on the palate without being too spicy; a steal at $10.99.


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