When I came across this article on "Eight Great Noodle Dishes In New York City," my interest piqued, to say the least. Running through the list, I wanted to try all three and of course, was hungry. One recommendation that surprised me was the "dry" Hu Tieu at Cong Ly.

"Cong Ly? I walk by that place all the time!" I thought. So I decided to check it out.

I got the dry version of the hu tieu with noodles and soup separated ("Hu Tieu My Tho Kho," or number 17 on the menu). On top of noodles in the bowl, there are tapioca noodles with oyster sauce, pork slices, ground pork, imitation crab meat, shrimp, celery, bean sprouts, cilantro, scallion, chives, crushed peanuts, and dried shallots (no hard‐boiled egg though). The different ingredients work well together and create a varied mixture of textures and tastes. I also like having the soup separate so I can mix it with the bowl of noodles as I want.

The order costs $6.50, a bit expensive for Chinatown standards. The version with the soup combined with the noodles costs $6 (number 16 on the menu).

Cong Ly

124 Hester Street (near Chrystie Street), New York NY 10002 (map)

A Guide to Soup Noodles in Manhattan's Chinatown


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