Joe's Noodle House

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 2 reviews )

1488-C Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, USA, 10852

Serves meat, vegan options available. Chinese restaurant cooking Szechuan and Hunan cuisine. Offers a separate vegetarian menu that includes various breads and appetizers, noodles, vegetable stir frys, tofu and mock meats - of which around 80% are vegan except for dishes with egg, some breads/pastries (fried fancy bread, steamed fancy bread, sweet bean paste bun, chive pocket, red bean paste pastry), and a couple noodle dishes. Also offers daily vegetable listings on the whiteboard behind the counter. On weekends, you could order traditional breakfast of hot soy milk, sesame flat bread, and a deep-fried savory dough stick. A cold case features small dishes like pickled cucumbers, boiled peanuts, seasoned seaweed, and kimchi. For dessert, the sweet rice dough with peanuts and the taro date rice cake are vegan, the almond jello (gelatin) and the eight treasure sweet rice (lard) are not. Basic atmosphere. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Ovo, Chinese, Take-out, Non-veg

2 Reviews

First Review by cookiem

Tofu and Veggies However You Like - Edit

First time there last week. We are vegan. Ordered off the SEPERATE "Vegetarian" menu: the steamed dumplings, spicy tofu cubes appetizers plus General Tsao's tofu and a veggie noodle dish. All were flavorful and tasty. And hot in temperature. While there's not a focus on the mock meats as at other Chinese veg restaurants, Joe's Noodle House cooked tofu just right in may ways - marinated/cubed, fried, and sliced/braised. Service was fast and friendly.

Pros: many options for vegans and vegetarians, flavors, fast and friendly service

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Veggies galore and then some - Edit

Interested in standard Szechaun Chinese cuisine? Joe's Noodle House is your go to location for the food. However, be warned, the decor is only mediocre, and the facilities are cramped.

Aside from that, there is a vegetarian menu that has so many items, you will need a year of diligence to try them all. If you're vegan, you can have about 85% of the items - avoid pastries, eggs and egg noodles.

Specify that you are ordering vegetarian items - it doesn't hurt. They have veg and non-veg versions of thing, so mention that you want the vegetarian, no meat, no chicken stock, no fish sauce. However, they are really great about veg orders.

Best items in my opinion are the Chinese greens, scallion pancake, authentic steamed dumplings, vegetable noodle soup, stir fried rice cake (flat rice pasta ovals), spicy cellophane noodles (V10), mustard green with bean curd (A30), and if you dare, the tofu and vegetable in spicy Szechuan sauce that numbs your mouth (V21). It all goes well with white rice if you're ok with carbs; sorry, no brown rice here.

Other good choices are the vegetarian Szechuan green beans, sautéed spinach, tofu and peppers and black bean sauce and Chinese celery with pressed bean curd. Check the board for the green marker vegetarian items - the special veggies they have. This ensures that you know they regularly take note of fresh veggies. I love fresh Chinese veggies, and they do them so well here! There are also lots of other standard veggies like broccoli, eggplant, carrots, bell peppers and the like, so you can have those too.

On the weekends, you can have some authentic brunch food of soy milk and sesame bread with a fried crueller. Very carb-centric, but super tasty.

Unlimited tea, friendly service, pay at the counter or your table - order a bunch because prices are reasonable, and you'll want leftovers!

Pros: Vegetarian menu, Authentic Chinese vegetables, Authentic Szechuan

Cons: Decor/ facilities

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