Sangkee Noodle Bowl: Affordable, Fresh Asian Comfort Food
Chinatown’s beloved Sang Kee partners with Win Signature Restaurants for a Newtown Square outpost.
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Sangkee Noodle Bowl
Location: 4755 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square.
Contact: (610) 353-5353, sangkeenoodlebowl.com.
Cuisine: Traditional Chinese with modern inclinations.
Cost: Appetizers, small plates and soup $3-$12.50, entrées $6-$19.
Atmosphere: Friendly and fun yet sophisticated.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Extras: Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m.; outdoor dining.
It was 5 p.m., following a long weekend afternoon with family, when the hunger pangs hit. “Is there somewhere new around here to get a quick bite to eat?” was the unanimous question. I thought of Sangkee Noodle Bowl, another suburban offshoot of Michael Chow’s Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Philly’s Chinatown, which had just opened in the Shoppes at Marville in Newtown Square.
If you’re a regular at Wynnewood’s Sangkee Asian Bistro, you’ve probably braved the lines, tolerated the pushing and shoving of (apparently) famished patrons making their way to the cashier’s counter, and endured an occasional hourlong wait for a table in the small eatery. While the latest Sangkee outpost isn’t as conveniently located for some, the atmosphere is far less hectic. It replaces Parker’s Prime Steakhouse, one of six local restaurants owned by Win and Sutida Somboonsong of Win Signature Restaurants. A chance meeting with Chow and a subsequent discussion of a Sang Kee collaboration confirmed the restaurant power couple’s decision to close the steakhouse in favor of something more family-friendly and affordable. “We did some research and realized that there weren’t many Chinese places in the area,” says Sutida.