Double Happiness | Uptown | Chinese, Bakery | Restaurant

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Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday
Closed Tuesday

Price: $

Nondescript Uptown noodle joint serving a nearly perfect bowl of soup. Cash only.

Restaurant Details

A largely overlooked restaurant on the Vietnamese-Chinese strip in Uptown, Double Happiness is the definition of nondescript, a noodle joint that can be fairly described as an old folks' diner—older staff, older clientele, and most definitely decor of an advanced age. The point here is chicken broth with noodles and whatever assortment of pork, seafood, fish balls, and fish cakes that you want to have floating in it (plus whatever from the jars on the table that you want to add, such as chiles and fried garlic). We ordered the number six, hu tieu mi thap cam, a simple but nearly perfect bowl, a clear example of chicken broth with tender, precisely cooked bits of cuttlefish poking up from it. The number nine, the tieu chau radish cake with egg, has an interestingly bitter base, but otherwise it's almost lush with scrambled eggs and topping of scallions and crumbled bits of something (dried pork?). As invisible as it is to non-Asians, the restaurant draws a steady crowd that converses in Vietnamese.

Michael Gebert

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