Whenever we visit families in Milpitas, my son would never fail to request to go to Luu New Tung Kee Noodle. In fact, it is probably one of only restaurant that he would ever ask for by name, and the only one that he really has a desire to eat at.
After a few years of not having been to Milpitas, he still remembered that it is #6, the combination rice stick and noodle, that he likes. After looking at the menu this time, he decided that he would like to have the #8 instead, the combination with just noodles. I chose the #6.
The 2 bowls of noodles arrived in no time. The toppings on the noodles included the freshest chicken stripes, slices of tender pork, the crunchiest prawns, and my son’s favorite beef balls. I must say that all the meat looked and tasted even better than some of the finest restaurants, and it was around $6.75 for the large, and $6.25 for the regular size.
My son and I could not stop marveling at how great everything was inside the bowl. We devoured the entire bowl while praising how good they were the whole time. This was true satisfaction at its best – delicious and inexpensive.
Upon telling my mom about how much we enjoyed the noodles at Tung Kee, she proceeded to tell us that there was another noodle place called TK Noodle that is much cheaper and the serving size is bigger.
I remembered that we had been to TK a few years earlier. So we decided to visit TK two days later. The place looked a bit dingy, but being that it is past lunch time, at least it was not crowded. We both ordered the combination with just noodles, I think it was #8 as well in this place.
The size of the bowl was indeed bigger than NewTung Kee, and the textures of the noodles were slightly different as well. Otherwise, all the meat stuff were pretty similar, same freshness – we were relishing every bit. And best of all, the price for each bowl was $1.25 cheaper than the other place!
On the morning that we were departing for LA, my son asked if we could go and have the noodle one more time. It was 8am, so I looked up the 2 places online to see what time they were opened at. New Tung Kee opens at 8:30am and TK opens 9:00am. So we picked New Tung Kee.
My son was savoring every drop of soup as I hurried him out for our long drive home. He seemed so content as he walked back to the car to embark on our journey.
Luu New Tung Kee Noodle: 481 E. Calaveras Blvd. Milpitas, CA 95035 Phone: 408-263-8288
TK Noodles: 1792 N. Milpitas Blvd. Milpitas, CA 95035 Phone: 408-935-9888