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Rochjin Asian Noodle

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Rochjin Asian Noodle

iron frank | Mar 26, 2002 03:32 PM

I tried this Thai place with an obsessive devotion to fishballs today. It's in the same location as a short-lived Asian Ice Cream shop on third Ave. Not another diner in there in two hours during peak lunch hour wasn't a good sign for their future. Lunch specials are $6.95(mostly curries) and include an appetizer and dessert of the day. Service couldn't have been nicer.

They brought me some complementary fried fish ball appetizers that my friend had coming with his special and gave us both a sampling of Makieng Juice(tasted like cranberry juice with a hint of smoky prune juice., very nice). Cold ginger juice was a great way to clear the palate. It was like liquid crystalized ginger and I could live off of an IV of the stuff and always have a smile on my face. I needed it after the greasy 'pork and bread' apperizer. Fried white bread with some pork pate on top. A bit too greasy for me.
Fried fish balls were better, light and tender though they were served with an overly sweet sauce.
I got the Spicy Tom Yum Seafood and they added the signature fishballs upon my request. I adjusted it to taste with the supplied fish sauce, salt, chili powder, and citrus pepper sauce . The soup had less kaffir lime/lemongrass aroma than I'm used to but was tasty nonetheless. Fish balls in the soup were very gefilte fish-esque in texture as someone had posted but there was no filler or saltiness to them.
The dessert special of the day was a bright pink jellied noodle soup with ice and coconut milk. Very light and sweet with a flowery essence. They were out of the sticky rice with shimp dessert I was curious about. If you want to try the place I'd hurry up as they looked like they could use the patronage badly.

Enjoy,
Frank

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