A regally named purveyor of hand-pulled noodles is appropriately commanding a court in Boston — a food court, that is. Noodles King has joined the lineup of food vendors within the Longwood Galleria (400 Brookline Ave., Boston), a food court that serves the hospital-filled neighborhood’s many medical employees, patients, visitors, and the general public. Noodles King’s menu is already prompting adoration and praise from its subjects.
Noodles King comes from the same people behind Dragon Bowl, also in the Longwood Galleria, per state filings; Dragon Bowl serves Chinese and Japanese food, along with bubble tea. The new Noodles King stall serves a variety of Chinese dishes, from hand-pulled noodles to cold sesame noodles, mostly ranging in price from $12 to $15, with options for meat and non-meat eaters alike. Hand-pulled noodles can be made spicy and come with vegetables or pork, and there are dan dan noodles, beef or stewed lamb noodle soups, wontons in chili oil, and more.
Early reviewers expressed excitement over the hand-pulled options, calling Noodles King “crazy amazing” and “[maybe] the best noodle shop in the entire state of Massachusetts.” Noodles King operates from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and it joins a fairly small group of Boston restaurants in serving the city hand-pulled Chinese noodle dishes. (See also: Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe, Home Taste, and MDM Noodles, to name a few.)
Elsewhere in Boston, another noodle-focused restaurant has expanded. Wen’s Yunnan Noodle & Ramen (247 Newbury St., Back Bay) has opened its second location on Boston Common (144 Tremont St.), serving Yunnan rice noodle soup and four kinds of Japanese ramen. Its expansion to Tremont Street has been in the works since earlier this year.
Wen’s first opened in Back Bay in May of 2016, serving a lesser-seen style of noodle soup for Boston. The dish, which is often referred to as “crossing-the-bridge noodles,” is a 150-year-old tradition from the Yunnan province in China, and at Wen’s it comes with an assortment of protein options and toppings. Wen’s also serves fried chicken, curry, and beef over rice, plus bubble tea, ice cream, and ice cream floats.