For the past eight years, I have been seeking out go-to spots in ATL where I can turn to in times of weakness for a culinary pick-me-up. The qualifiers are fairly simple in my opinion – cheap, quick, consistent, delicious, easy to get to and not too unhealthy to eat at regularly. Unfortunately, for the most part, I’m still searching.
However, having never lived there, I have one in New York that delights every time. I was first introduced to the Excellent Pork Chop House in Manhattan’s Chinatown by some friends, and I make it a point to return on almost every trip. While it is tucked away in the bowels of Chinatown on Doyer St., it is easy enough to get to using a combination of subway and foot.
I get the same thing every time – Pork Chop Noodle Soup. Frankly, I don’t see the point in trying anything else. After all, if you are going to a place called “Excellent Pork Chop House,” you had better order the dang pork chop. And who doesn’t love noodle soup? Especially when you’ve been suffering in the often-cruel New York weather?
Let’s start with the pork chop. In real life, I don’t really like pork chops that much. However, when flavored like they are at this place, they are irresistible. The taste is almost sweet, with hints of…I want to say cinnamon? Whatever it is, it’s scrumptious, and surprisingly lean.
The noodle soup is very simple – fresh noodles, a light but flavorful broth, a few scallions and bits of pickled vegetables. The combination is perfect – very comforting but not oily or heavy as some soups can be. I typically round out my meal with a nice bowl of pickled cucumbers, which adds a bit of extra crunch and brightness to the whole experience. For me, it’s a spread that can’t be beat.
The service and ambiance at the Excellent Pork Chop House are also pretty excellent – pleasant, fast and comfortable. I always leave “the house” feeling very satisfied, but not too full, and anxiously awaiting the next time I get to visit. I urge you to go the next time you’re in town. Check them out at http://excellentporkchophouse.com/.