In a hunt for a cheap yet satisfying lunch, I ended up at Yin Du Noodles
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good, not great.
Tasty, but nothing out of this world. Price was great, wait was long.
Mon – Sun 7a.m. – 10 p.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I passed by this place one day and they were closed, but I was intrigued. The pictures of their won ton noodle soup looked good and the prices were very low. I decided to come back for lunch the next day and found myself in the lunch hour chaos. There was 1 lady and a group ahead of me in line and the restaurant was packed. When you arrive, you stand in line and once you get closer to the front, someone will ask you how many are in your party and then you wait to be seated. It took about 10 minutes to get seated, 5 minutes for someone to take my order and about 20 for the food to come. Needless to say this took up my whole lunch hour. If you are in a rush you can call ahead and order for pick-up.
The place is clean, simple and packed with tables. It’s communal, so expect to be seated next to someone you don’t know. I was the only non-Asian person there, so I took that as a good sign. It helps if you speak the language because I learned from a repeat customer that she put her order in as she was standing in line and then got her soup right away. The service wasn’t poor, but since there was only one (two at times) person serving all those tables, she wasn’t as attentive.
What I ate:
- Stewed beef brisket & wonton noodle soup ($4.95)
The soup came out nice and hot. The brisket was surprisingly tasty although it only came with four pieces and some were fatty, so the amount of meat you actually get is very little. I enjoyed the wontons a lot and the noodles made it very filling, but the noodles kind of had an out-of-the-box smell. I added some chili oil which made it nice and spicy. The soup as a whole was enjoyable and you can’t beat the price (the size was perfect as well). I wouldn’t say it’s the best soup or that I’m dying to go back, but it’s a good, inexpensive choice.