Friday, July 17, 2015
Just Whistle A Happy (Moo) Toon: Pork Spare Ribs Noodle Soup at Tycoon Thai In The Tenderloin
I don't think there's really any need to feel afraid strolling through the Tenderloin, but the surroundings can be a little grim at times. Instead of whistling a happy tune, look for a cheerful antidote of your choice from the panoply of inexpensive and delicious ethnic fare to be found in the 'hood. One such dish is the one Thais would call kuay teow moo toon, known as "Pork Spare Ribs Noodle Soup" at Tycoon Thai, the welcoming O'Farrell St. Thai/Lao bistro with the excellent draft beer and dratted Mason jars. It's what I had today when I paid Tycoon Thai an overdue visit.
"Moo toon" is't something hummed by a cow, or even a cartoon of a cow. "Moo" (or something that sounds like it) means pork in Thai, and "toon" means steamed or stewed, and the two together usually refer to pork spare ribs. Kuay teow (however it's spelled) means rice noodles.
If I had a complaint, it would be about too many noodles. That's a complaint I rarely make (and would never make about hand-pulled wheat noodles) but there was such a mass of rice noodles it was difficult to stir in my choice of flavor enhancers from the condiment caddy. But soldier on I did, and put the finishing touches on a hearty and satisfying bowl of happy moo toon noodle soup.
Where slurped: Tycoon Thai, 620 O'Farrell St., San Francisco