Names and labels can reveal, obscure or even do both at the same time. Tasty Noodle House (4646 Convoy St.) is something of a case in point. It is both tasty and a relatively typical Chinese “noodle house.” In other words, it pretty much is exactly what its name implies.
Because of this, one might suspect that the thing to order at Tasty Noodle House is the noodle dishes. Not necessarily. In fact, the best items on the menu of many Chinese noodle houses aren’t the noodles, but rather the dumplings. That’s definitely the case at Tasty Noodle House.
Their standout dish is the Shanghai grilled (actually, pan-fried) pork buns (sheng jian bao). These sesame seed-flecked, yeasty buns—wrapped around a moist pork filling—are pan-fried to the point where the bottoms caramelize. The resulting buns are topped with a sprinkling of chopped scallions. They’re savory with crispy and soft, doughy elements, and are utter flavor bombs. The key is the perfect caramelization of the buns’ bottoms.