The Boiling Noodle - Westminster
As far as I know, The Boiling Noodle is not affiliated in any way to The Boiling Crab. Even if there was a connection, familial, aspirational, or otherwise, the only thing The Boiling Noodle has in common with the Cajun Vietnamese crawfish restaurant is the font it chose for the sign.
The Boiling Noodle, as you may have deduced, peddles noodles, rice, and more noodles and rice. They don't do pho, but as with pho shops in Little Saigon, expect to be served quickly but not warmly. It reminds me most of Mi La Cay. Except it's not like Mi La Cay. This is a cheap noodle joint that doesn't look cheap. Not in the least. The solid wood chairs are heavy, expensive-looking, and embellished by marble. The tables are actually made of polished stone.
So far, within weeks of its opening, everything sparkles and gleams. You'd expect them to host lavish wedding banquets with room for a dance floor and maybe a dancing lion.
But the reason people come is the reason I did: for the $2.95 bowl of wonton noodle soup. It's on special for the grand opening. Since the price is also printed on the laminated menu, it'll probably stay $2.95 for some time to come.
The noodle crinkles, has good bounce, and is stretched as thin as an egg noodle can be stretched without disappearing. In the bowl beneath, micro-cubes of pork cracklings float in a clear, golden broth that nourishes like amniotic fluid. This is the same soup that most mi joints in Little Saigon serves, almost genetically identical down to the molecule. Sugary, umami-rich, and salty, it's like the concentrated essence of bird and hog. I could drink nothing but this soup and survive an Alaskan winter.
The wontons, however, were merely decent. These aren't the fat, bulging, bursting globes that would fill the mouth with pork and shrimp you will find everywhere in SGV; but rather just a thimble-sized pocket of meat, the kind I'd serve my customers if I were charging $2.95.
The Boiling Noodle
9081 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 105-106
Westminster, CA 92683
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