Add prawns to spicy noodle soup at Sushimono

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,