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Spicy noodle soup with prawns at Sushimono Japanese restaurant.

Add prawns to spicy noodle soup at Sushimono

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 10:42 am

Was it cold enough for you this morning? How about some hot soup for lunch or dinner to ward off the chill?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been tracking down some of the best bowls of soups served at restaurants here and there. For instance, the chicken tortilla at La Rosa Blanca in Folsom (, the duck noodle at Siam Patio in Fair Oaks (, the wor wonton at Lotus 8 in Folsom (

More will follow, beginning here with the spicy noodle soup at Sushimono Japanese Cuisine & Bar. We added prawns to the mix of al dente rice noodles and veggies in spicy broth ($8). Spoonful after spoonful delivered loads of tastes and textures.

For side dishes, the gyoza were plump and tasty, our preference over the clunky pot stickers typically served in Chinese restaurants ($5). Soft shell crab legs were crunchy on the outside, creamy in the center, with that distinctive taste one connoisseur described in Bon Appetit magazine as “the dark side of crab meat, with a tinge of the seashore on a stormy day” ($8).

Find the goods at 5349 Sunrise Blvd. (at Madison Avenue); (916) 536-9885,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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