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Healthy eating right? These days, everyone is touting healthier stuff…so we opted to pay a few visits to Tea House Noodles.
Located in Cleveland’s Little Italy, a small unassuming store front with the cobblestone roads make this a cute location with easy access for all of those fledgling poor CWRU students.
Needless to say, foodies will go anywhere for good eats.
Parking is located in the rear of the building where you are greeted with healthy signs.
Not necessary, but thanks for reminding me.
I guess these signs will attract those outdoor hiking customers that traverse the rear foliage of the restaurant.
At the counter, we decided on their flagship dishes.
Pad Thai for $6.99 : Noodles, Veggies, Chicken & Tofu, Peanut & Rica Sauces, topped with peanuts, sesame seed, scallions, and paprika.
Surprisingly, the plastic bowl holding the Pad Thai seemed a bit unsturdy and flimsy…aka transport leakage.
As we “unboxed” the Pad Thai, first thing we noticed is the onslaught of sauce used in this dish.
Seriously? Its Pad Thai! WAY too much sauce and clearly not a good start.
As you can see, our macro view showed everything swimming drowning in sauce.
Digging deeper we found a very thin layer of noodles in Pad Thai. Thin.
C’mon people – Noodles are just as important in Pad Thai as the rest of the ingredients!
Speaking of ingredients, in the typical preparation of veggies at Teahouse Noodles, a small scoop of cabbage, onions, peas, etc…are thrown into boiling water for over minutes before plating for service.
2 minute blanch? We believe that is WAY too long to “blanch” your veggies. Veggies were mushy and lacked any crunch. Not healthy-boiling away all the nutrients. If you are going to blanch for 2 minutes boil veggies, just serve canned veggies. Blah. We suggest 30 seconds.
Additionally, the chunks of boiled chicken breast were flavorless and cardboard like. C’mon-it takes 8 minutes to grill a breast. Pad Thai? We are not very happy with dish at all.
Whole grain brown rice, Mild Hawaiian Teriyaki pineapple soy based soy sauce with chicken.$4.99.
Apparently all dishes come packaged in the aforementioned shallow plastic bowls.
After the swimmingly unimpressive Pad Thai, we hoped for better.
Sadly, life did not get better. Like a fat whore on a hot day, this dish arrived dripping with the sauce.
Maybe Teahouse Noodles requires their staff to dose their dishes with Costco portions of sauce. Good and bad.
Good: If they served 12 pounds of rice with every dish.
Bad: There is more sauce than food.
Note: This same problem plagues every Asian style restaurant that doesn’t appreciate the food itself. People! It’s not about the sauce, IT’S ABOUT THE FOOD ITSELF!
Again, the protein in this dish is prepared with that same bland chicken chunks used in all of their other dishes…so no benefit there.
As you can see, a thin layer of brown rice down below did nothing to help dissipate the tsunami layer of sauce.
Sesame seeds and green onions were mushy and didn’t seem to help at all.
Overall, it was a small nice restaurant/atmosphere with very friendly staff. In the 5 visits, we have never waited longer than 6 minutes for the food.
But we hope they improve with our suggestions of grilling the chicken breasts, blanching the veggies, and 75% less sauce.
Two locations to choose from for your redonkulous saucing.
So if you like more sauce than actual food, bring your straws as Teahouse Noodles will not disappoint.
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