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Best Noodles In San Francisco? Food Bloggers Reveal Their Faves (PHOTOS)

    First Posted: 08/12/11 02:24 PM ET   Updated: 10/12/11 06:12 AM ET

Chow mein from China, pad Thai from Thailand and spaghetti from Italy--there's nothing better for the soul (and belly) than a hearty helping of noodles. To say noodles have undergone a bit of an urban renaissance is an understatement; there are few ethnic cuisines that don't have noodles on the menu. Before you hit the streets eating every noodle you can find, check out the picks from five of San Francisco's top food bloggers.

Bangkok Pad Thai, Koh Samui and the Monkey
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Angie Sommer, Broccoli and Chocolate: "The Bangkok Pad Thai from Koh Samui and the Monkey is top notch. The seemingly small portion of rice noodles, with accompanying veggies and your choice of protein (tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp, or seafood), is sure to wholeheartedly satiate your belly once you've reached the bottom of the ceramic pineapple on which it arrives. The flavors come together perfectly, with the spices thankfully not spontaneously setting your tongue on fire (it's actually entirely mild) and the carefully measured sweetness complimenting the soft noodles and keeping your fork coming back for more. The rest of the spices are nearly a mystery, but the bean sprouts and the small mound of chopped peanuts add a bit of crunch to make this meal as dynamic as it is tasty.

"I've had Pad Thai in Thailand and I'll say with confidence that Koh Samui takes the knowledge and technique that go into the nation's signature dish and insert fresh, high quality ingredients to create a dish that is most certainly tastier than the sum of its parts."
Koh Samui and the Monkey, 415 Brannan Street at 3rd (415-369-0007 or

Photo courtesy of Broccoli and Chocolate.
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