On a Saturday night, we were decided to go eat Ramen and our target was Tabata Ramen, close to Port Authority. But, on our way, we noticed this place called Boi Noodle House, a Vietnamese restaurant that had ramen on the menu. From the outside, it was a bit difficult to see that it was a restaurant, but the A on the door attracted my eyes that are always looking for restaurants while walking around (Yes, it drives Jodi crazy sometimes, but I cannot help it).
The decor was a bit weird, the tables having a plastic on top of the colorful tableclothes, like going to your grandmother's place.
Menu wise, they have the classic Pho, as well as some signature noodle soups quite unusual such as the one with escargots (snails) that I did not dare to try...
We decided to start with the caramelized pork buns.
I thought that the bun was just ok, being a bit doughy and the pork belly was dry. Fortunately, there was a bottle of hoisin sauce on the table that I used to give a better taste...
Then, I chose to get the Xia Xiu pork and spare ribs ramen.
The presentation was spectacular: they do not just come with a bowl with all the ingredients. No, they come with a large plate with the bowl in the center, and all the ingredients on the side, such as the pork belly, the spicy bamboo shoots, the hard boiled eggs and some cabbage. You then just have to mix it. The chicken and pork broth was pretty good, but unfortunately, the meat was tough and overcooked.
Jodi went for the organic tofu pho, served with tofu, enoki mushrooms, boo choi, scallions, cilantro, basil, bean sprouts.
I am not sure what the broth was made with, but thought it had a weird taste that I did not like at all...The noodles were flat rice noodles that were good, but a bit overpowered by the broth. However, the garlic noodles in my ramen were really good.
I admit that I was disappointed by Boi Noodle House. The menu looked promising, but I did not like any of the dishes. That is definitely not a place where I would go back...
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