Haos Noodle located on 2677 Forest Hill Boulevard brings very affordably priced old world Chinese flavors to a new world location. Formerly just a take-out, they enlarged in March this year to a full service restaurant. Owner/chef Ken Chong, originally from Canton, China, used to work at a similar style restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown.
There are two menus: Pan-Asian with dishes from all over Asia and a Chinese menu that offers more westernized dishes. Both menus include a dizzying numbers of selections and you can easily spend 10 minutes deciding what to order.
Sparse decorations inside Haos mix with bright red walls, simple tables, chairs and booths, to give this restaurant a real hole-in-the-wall feel, meaning the food will be good. The cashier occasionally sings, Karaoke style, to the words of the Chinese background music. The service is very relaxed and sometimes extremely slow because most of the dishes are made on a per-order basis, but it’s worth the wait.
We ordered Curry Soft Shell Crab Stone Bowl Rice ($9.95) that came with semi-sticky rice in an oven heated stone bowl. Deep fried crispy soft-shell crabs smothered in a mild British-Indian style curry sauce lay on top. We waited for the dish to stop sizzling and dove in, pushing our spoons to the bottom of the stone bowl to break the crispy rice crust. Pulling out large chunks of rice and crab, we crunched our way through the meal enjoying a traditional Chinese dish (stone bowl) whose art form has become lost in Mainland China. At least that’s what Chong told us.
We also ordered a Pan-Asian dish–Thai red curry with fish balls ($12.95). It had balls of pounded fish paste, white onions, and Thai basil leaves drenched in a sea of yellow colored curry. I asked the server if there had been a mistake and I had gotten the wrong dish but she reassured me it was Thai red. The flavor of the red curry just didn’t make it through the seasonings because it lacked a key ingredient – Kaffir lime leaves.
For dessert at Haos Noodle, we ordered a very typical Southeast Asian treat called triple color freeze ($3.95) made with grass jelly, red beans, mung bean, coconut milk, and sugared water all placed on top off shaved ice.
We definitely intend to go back to Haos Noodles Restaurant and try more items from their menu.
There is parking out front and they take all major credit cards. They deliver to locations five miles from their restaurant.
Located: 2677 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.