Rainy Day Dining

This morn­ing I was awoken by a loud clap of thun­der, imme­di­ately fol­lowed by the sound of rain drops pelt­ing my win­dow. It stormed today. Rain is an unusual occur­rence any­way in the desert — but a whole day of down­pours is unheard of. Yet today Las Vegas was met with flash flood­ing, and dumb peo­ple get­ting stuck in the water because they can’t wait. Wel­come to Vegas.

Between this dreary day, dead­line and not feel­ing so hot, today was def­i­nitely a soup day. My go to soup in town is usu­ally a bowl of pho, but today I had a taste for some Hong Kong fare. After work I dragged myself to Asian BBQ & Noo­dle, a cash only shop that does… Asian bbq and noodles.

Walk­ing into Asian BBQ & Noo­dle on any given day is like you just walked into any bbq and noo­dle spot. Though the ducks are not hang­ing in the front win­dow (the restau­rant win­dow faces West where the harsh Vegas sun bar­rels in dur­ing the after­noons), they’re hang­ing behind the glass at the counter located inside the restau­rant. The menu over the counter is in both Eng­lish (well, Engr­ish) and Chinese.

Dif­fer­ent than what you’d get in say, a Can­tonese Chi­nese Amer­i­can restau­rant, which will often have weak won­tons with big floppy wrap­pers and a few veg­eta­bles, Hong Kong style won­ton noo­dle soup has won­tons which are look like superball-sized brains made of ground shrimp and pork in a nearly translu­cent wrap­per. The noo­dles are thin, yel­low egg noo­dles that are nice and chewy. The broth is hot, shrimp-ish/chicken-ish and fra­grant and soul soothing.

As I ordered my food to go, they pack­aged the won­tons and noo­dles sep­a­rately from the soup.

Also con­sid­er­ing that I just had dri­ven all this way and the place also had the words “Asian BBQ” in its name, I ordered the 2 bbq combo over rice. On Mon­days they sell roast suck­ling pig by the pound, and it’s insanely good, so get there early if you want a chance at it.

Since today is Wednes­day, my 2 bbq choices were BBQ pork and roasted duck. The BBQ pork isn’t the typ­i­cal red hued char siu that you might nor­mally get at Chi­nese restau­rants, rather this ver­sion was a more nat­ural, brown sugar color that was less sweet, more pep­pery and incred­i­bly ten­der. The roasted duck is fatty and suc­cu­lent as always, but what stands out about Asian BBQ & Noodle’s ver­sion is the sauce they ladle over the meats on the rice dishes. It’s a thin, soy based sauce that is slightly sweet but picks up a lot of the savory star anise notes from the roasted meats. It’s a nice lit­tle surprise.

The other nice lit­tle sur­prise? Real­iz­ing when the woman tak­ing my order said “You want two items, right?” This is what she meant. But I guess bonus Chi­nese bbq never hurt.

So despite end­ing my night feel­ing like I’m get­ting sick, drained from a long and rainy day, I’m con­tent with a bowl of hearty soup, extra Chi­nese bbq and my com­puter. Please cue the world’s tini­est vio­lin… play­ing “All By Myself.”

Asian BBQ & Noo­dle
3400 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t miss
Won­ton Egg Noo­dle Soup $4.99
Roasted BBQ meats — BBQ pork, roasted duck, suck­ling pig on Mon­days
2-item bbq combo over rice $5.99

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