Despite being Chinese I’m not particularly fond of Chinese food for the most part so I’m rarely thrilled when we shop at Kam Man (“Golden Gate”), a branch of the Chinese supermarket chain located in East Hanover, New Jersey.
That said, there’s a great little food counter at the north end of the store (the section near the Home Depot in the same East Hanover Center plaza) called Miss Saigon Express that serves a number of Vietnamese dishes including rice noodle soups.
My favorite variety is their Rice Noodle Soup with Eye Round, a delicious mix of Vietnamese rice noodles, thinly sliced eye round beef, plenty of cilantro, chopped scallions, and sliced onions in a meaty broth. I ask for mine spicy, which I suspect means they just toss in some sriracha or chili garlic sauce since the soup comes out a bold red color instead of its normal light brown.
The soup actually isn’t terribly spicy, but it’s got enough kick that when served hot on a cold winter day (like we’ve been having on the East Coast lately) all your problems just melt away in a crimson flood of savory, noodley heaven.