The Budget: $11-$16
The Specs: Khao Soi
The Mood: Noodles and such in a 16-year-old’s room from the 90’s
The Place: 1045 Flushing Ave
Welcome to Bushwick, one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City. They have the thrift shops, the late-night restaurants, the little mom-and-pop stores, and people who genuinely seem to appreciate their surroundings without feeling the need to take pictures of it all on their smartphones.
I originally came out to Bushwick to return to an Ethiopian restaurant my friend introduced me to a couple weeks back. After the line to get in was out the door, I came back to this place that had caught my eye (maybe because of the huge lit-up letters saying “King Noodle”). Regardless, it caught my eye for a reason, and this is a fun spot.
This plays draws in the real dinner crowd, the 8 and 9pmers, the people who want to sit back and enjoy themselves and their food after a long day. And you can do that until 12am here, which makes a girl happy.
Now for what I ate.
Khao Soi ($14)
So, at first glance, I was skeptical of this dish. I mean, normally when I ask for noodles I’m not expecting to have a cluster of wontons arrive in my bowl. But that was just part of the experience. The pickled mustard and curry sauce cooked these noodles right before my eyes. It’s actually really nice, because you can cut the noodles to smaller pieces right when it’s easiest. This dish had spicy coconut braised chicken, flat noodles, egg, and pickled mustard, all in a really tame curry sauce.
Next time I want to try the spam fried rice.
Put a fork in it.