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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Joe's Noodle House

We had a bunch of running around to do this morning which included heading up to Rockville. And since we were in the neighborhood, we just couldn't pass up an opportunity to eat at Joe's. Not that we need an excuse to drive 45 minutes each way just to go there. So after all our errands had been run, we stopped for lunch.

Before we even got there, we pretty much knew what we were going to order: Beef Noodle Soup Szechuan Style, Tender Bamboo Shoot Salad, Salty & Crispy Squid, Scallion pockets, and Pork with Leek Stem & Pressed Bean curd. One nice big bowl of soup to share and lots of little side dishes, ah, life is good.

First to arrive was the Bamboo shoot salad.

Nicely shredded strips of tender bamboo shoots tossed with a dressing made with sesame oil and served cold.

Next out of the kitchen was the pork & tofu dish as well as the squid.

We dove into the squid like a pack of hungry wolves. Partly because it's best eaten when it's fresh and hot from the kitchen and secondly because......well.......we were really hungry. No sooner had we started digging in when the scallion pockets and the soup arrived. Biscuit Boy grabbed a scallion pocket and set it on his plate. It was about this time that we realized we hadn't taken any pictures yet. So I quickly grabbed the camera out of my bag and Biscuit Boy snapped a few quick pics. Then it was right back to eating.

The squid is my absolute favorite thing at Joe's. I crave it when we haven't been in a while. Hot freshly fried pieces of squid in a very light coating. It's dusted with salt right after it's taken from the hot oil and tossed with some slivered garlic and pieces of hot peppers. It arrives at your table sitting on a little bed of lettuce. Today's was cook to perfection. Not a single tough piece to be had. It was the first dish to be emptied.

The pork with leeks and pressed bean curd is also served hot. It is tossed with a fermented black bean sauce and has a slightly sweet taste with is counterbalanced by a few slices of hot green peppers. Not a big fan of black beans, Biscuit Boy makes an exception for this dish.

The scallion pockets were something we had not had at Joe's before. It's only available for lunch on the weekends and most of our visits are usually at dinner time. So took advantage of the weekend lunch specials and tried these guys. While they were ok, neither one of us thought they were something we would have cravings for in the future. The thin flour pocket was filled with minced scallions, egg and (we think) minced cellophane noodle. There wasn't as much in the way of flavor as you would think. But they were ok.

The beef noodle soup was yummy.

Rich beefy broth with wide noodles and chunks of beef topped with two varieties of greens. We think one was spinach and the other some sort of pickled greens. Nicely seasoned with a little hot oil floating on top, it's a soothing soup even on a day as hot as this.

We washed it all down with a couple of Tsingtao's.

Some of the Pork dish and the bamboo shoot salad were packed in little take out boxes. We'll finish them with dinner tonight.

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