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fabulous noodles and tea & sympathy bakery

saraskim | Feb 7, 200403:44 PM

so i finally did check out fabulous noodles which is located on old tavern rd in lisle and afterwards i stopped by tea & sympathy bakery which is located on ogden rd in naperville. from what we noticed during our experience, the place seems pretty popular and authentic since a lot of taiwanese/cantonese locals came by with family members. during our visit we ordered my favorite dish, congee with preserved egg and pork, the vegetarian chicken, pan fried taro cake slices, and some kind of taiwanese noodle dish my boyfriend ordered which he could not translate to me. i thought the congee was fabulous, i loved how rich and creamy the preserved egg tasted and the pork added a nice smoky flavor to the porridge. i usually prefer happy chef's version of this dish but i think fabulous noodles does a better job because they include so many slices of preserved egg and pork... yum! next we tried the veg. chicken and i thought the dish was good but not something i would like to eat on my own. my boyfriend, on the other hand, looooved the dish so i really think it depends on the individual. the noodles were also great because they were extremely flavorful yet not too greasy. out of all of the dishes we ordered, i actually enjoyed the taro cake the most. two thick slices that were crispy on the outside and very hot and creamy on the inside. far better than the taro cake served at happy chef or ed's potsticker. overall, i thought the place was great and far better than restaurants around westmont. the tea + sympathy bakery was also pretty good. i bought two large buns that had some dried pork inside and a loaf of white bread. one thing i noticed about this bakery is that it's slightly different than the bakeries you'll see in chinatown. perhaps it has more of a french influence than most chinese bakeries in this area? you see a lot of these types of bakeries in california but i don't think one exists here in the chicagoland area. honestly, i'm not all about the buttery, flaky textures and would prefer to go to places like feida bakery which have more a simple flavor. anyways, i thought both recommendations were great and well worth the trip. thanks again and i hope that others will consider trying these unique places in the western burbs.

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