Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome to the board. Definitely makes me less shy about posting.
I went to TK Noodle in Milpitas for a bowl of great noodle soup and just wanted to share with everyone. TK Noodle is a chain with about 12 locations, mostly in the San Jose area. There is one in Daly City and out in Sacramento, however. But for me, the food is worth the 45 minute drive from Berkeley (probably because I grew up eating at the original location on William St. in San Jose).
I'm not quite sure how to describe their food, somewhat a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese. The noodle and rice dishes are simple and hearty. The best part is the price, about $3-5! Unless you're crazy like me, you wouldn't want to make a special trip. But it's great for a quick and cheap meal. Check out their website for locations.