138 N 10th St
Philadelphia , PA 19107
Neighborhood: Center City
Cuisine type: Chinese
Meals Served: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Style: This bustling, cash-only Chinatown duck house is no-frills in its pink Formica decor, but all thrills when it comes to bargain meals in a bowl, from the peerless noodle soups topped with tender soy sauce chicken, wontons, and honeyed pork, to the soulful and warming congee rice porridge. Don't expect smiley service from the gruff, non-English-speaking waiters. But the vast menu has numerous other don't-miss items - crispy pig, cuttlefish, anchovy-chicken fried rice - that help distinguish this otherwise nondescript nook as one of Philly's most flavorful dining values.
Specialties: Noodle soup (with soy sauce chicken, #30; roast pork, #26; roast duck, #28; wonton-noodles, #16); congee (with roast pork, #9; roast duck, #10; chopped beef, #2; pork and preserved egg, #4); fried dough (to accompany congee); appetizer-size plates of sliced roast pork, #56; crispy roast pig, #60; spare ribs, #57; marinated cuttlefish, #61; "vegetable" (Chinese broccoli) with oyster sauce, #64; anchovy fried rice with diced chicken, #84; ginger scallion noodles, #40; pepper beef chow fun with black bean sauce, #95; Hong Kong-style crispy panfried noodles with seafood, #105.
Alcohol: No alcohol permitted.
Weekend noise: A bustling 78 decibels during the lunch rush. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Tuesday.