MarketBasket: Noodling across Chinatown
The Chinese Noodle Factory used to be so hidden on an out-of-the-way block of Cuthbert Street that, for nearly two decades, it was the secret gem of chefs and Chinatown home cooks seeking the freshest cut-to-order rice noodles. Owner Zhi Pei Lu's recent move to North 11th Street should bring it more widely deserved attention. Try the snappy white ribbonlike ho fun or thicker bean-shaped "needle noodles" in stir-fries. Or grab a fluffy cloud of a meat-filled steamy bun for a satisfying snack.
- Craig LaBan
Ho fun noodles, $1 a pound, needle noodles, $1.80 a pound, at Chinese Noodle Factory, 133 N. 11th St., 215-922-1688.