In winter, the craving for hot soup noodles is strong. It can drive you to do crazy things like make a pot of instant noodles at home and then try to flavour it with hot dogs. So it’s probably best to just let someone else take care of it for you. Leong’s Legend is a no-frills Taiwanese restaurant conveniently located on the edge of Chinatown/Soho. Don’t be put off by the odd sign telling you to knock – I guess they don’t like randoms poking their head in. You have to really want to come in. I was advised to order the Spicy Beef Noodles and seriously had food flashbacks for an entire week. Man, I enjoyed the hell out of that bowl. The broth was rich, spicy and life-affirming. The beef was soft and slightly fatty – and the noodles were springy and flat, my favourite kind. I went back the following weekend and had the exact same thing. Obsessed.
If you don’t like spice, their other noodle soup dishes look just as satisfying. This is the chicken one – like mama’s chicken noodle soup if you were in Taiwan.
And the ultimate in comfort food – Xiao Long Bao – Shanghai soupy dumplings. This is the very essence of comfort food. How the hell do they make these? Soupy broth surrounds pork inside a dumpling. It must be some kind of solid gelatin before it’s cooked. It’s a hazy mystery.
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